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Bigger And Better Each Time In Town

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Certain genres of music seem to have typical trajectories for bands lifespans.  The process of learning the tricks of the trade, paying your dues and hopefully making it big enough to at least muster a living via your band comes in various forms in all genres.  In the jamband genre it is general procedure to cut an album every year or so, then tour feverishly, hawking the album and building up a fan base slowly as you go.  After years of repeating this process, a tipping point will be reached and larger, more mainstream success will fall upon the band.   And while Lotus is certainly part of the post-jam movement, their rise up the ladder of live musical entertainment has followed the tried and true jamband formula.  Last year they played two comfortably full shows at Martyr's on a very tough Halloween weekend, returned in the spring the night before Easter and almost sold out the Abbey Pub.  Logically a better and slightly bigger venue would await them when the tour rolled into town again.  Playing at the Parkwest this Friday, Lotus' sound will resonate even better at a more modern and acoustical-minded venue.  The band is no stranger to theater shows having played to packed and sold out crowds in Denver, San Fransisco and along the East Coast for a couple years now. And their popularity now spreading nationwide.  With a new double disc live album, Escaping Sargasso Sea and the soon-to-be-released Copy/Paste/Repeat of Lotus songs remixed by the likes of Juan Maclean, DJ Harry and Lymbyc System, Lotus' catalog is expanding in sync with their fan base.  If you are looking for an affordable, energetic music experience, Lotus' varied array of styles from electronic to post-rock is a sure thing. Minimalistic progressive rockers Unwed Sailor open around 9 p.m.

 
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