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LOTUS Announces Summerdance 2021

Announces Summerdance 2021

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Philadelphia, PA – June 18, 2021 – Instrumental quintet  has announced the details for their annual Summerdance festival at Nelson Ledges Quarry ParkThe festival will return to Garrettsville, OH Labor Day weekend, September 3 – 5, 2021, with tickets on sale now.

Summerdance will also mark guitarist Mike Rempel’s final shows with the band, celebrating the 20+ years of amazing contributions to the band. Read a statement from Mike Rempel here, and a note from below:

“After over 20 years guitarist Mike Rempel is stepping away from a live career. Mike’s melodic and emotive playing helped shape the sound of and has influenced many guitarists in the live-electronic-jam scene. SummerDance will be Mike’s last performance with Lotus. Join us September 3-5, in Garrettsville, OH, to help us celebrate his musical contributions.

From touring in unreliable vans as scrappy college upstarts in Goshen, Indiana to traveling the world as seasoned veterans, headlining festivals, and playing iconic venues like Red Rocks, Mike’s journey with has been long and rewarding. And yet, we know that the life of a touring musician requires many sacrifices. We understand Mike’s decision to leave it behind. It is with the utmost respect for Mike and his long commitment to the band that we part ways as musical collaborators while our friendship and mutual admiration endures.

is honored to Tim Palmieri as lead guitarist following Mike’s departure. After many months of uncertainty, we are excited to get back on stage to renew the collective energy that can only be experienced at live shows and to launch a new chapter for Lotus.”

 has always been difficult to define musically; an instrumental jamband that has favored groove-based improvisation instead of gaudy solos and noodling. Influences of classic electronic dance music, funk, post-rock and dance-rock have all made their way into the Lotus sound. Over the years, their unique musical blend helped forge a fresh path in the jamband landscape, influencing many younger bands in the scene. Albums such as their debut studio release, Nomad (2006) have become a touchstone for how to organically fuse elements of electronica with jam music, and the band continues to evolve through each tour and album bringing in new sounds and writing styles. Since their formation two decades ago, Lotus – Mike Greenfield (drums), Jesse Miller (bass, modular synth), Luke Miller(keyboards, guitar), Mike Rempel (guitar) and Chuck Morris (percussion) – has toured actively throughout the US working their way up from dingy basement clubs to world-class venues such as Red Rocks. They’ve become festival favorites, playing everything from Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco and Outside Lands to Ultra Festival and Electric Forest, building a hyper-loyal following along the way. A Lotuslive show is an experience, a uniquely crafted and improvised set taking everyone, the crowd and band, on a journey.

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