Like all other arts-presenting organizations, Lotus was greatly saddened to have to cancel all of our spring Blossoms events, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although recent weeks have brought incredible challenges, they have also allowed us to envision new ways to do outreach, and here we are, MAKING LEMONADE FROM LEMONS.

It is with great pleasure that Lotus announces our creative response to the virus: Lotus Live-Stream Concerts. The next Lotus Live-Stream Concert will feature family mariachi band Cielito Lindo on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. The live-stream concert will be available on the Lotus Facebook page and the Lotus YouTube page. If you navigate to one of these pages at 7:30 p.m. on the 21st, you will see the concert there.

Chicago-based Cielito Lindo features all nine members of the Lucero family, who perform modern, Latino mariachi. Cielito Lindo, named for a quintessential mariachi song, performs the traditional music of Mexico and draws inspiration from bands like Los Lobos and Trio Los Panchos. Cielito Lindo began in 2006 when the two oldest children in the family began singing with their father and his band.

The Lucero family supports themselves fully through the arts and has performed for large audiences at Chicago Bulls games, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and on Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family show.  Cielito Lindo was a hit at the 2019 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and was booked on the roster for the 2020 Lotus Blossoms, our four-week intensive spring outreach program.

We recently hosted our first Lotus Live-Stream concert featuring Nashville, Tennessee duo Giri and Uma Peters. We were completely charmed by the experience and loved hearing these two incredible young musicians share their talents. To view their concert video, click here.

We at Lotus are encouraged to see the great response to our first live stream event; it gives us all hope, even in the face of a pandemic. Of course, we are new to live-streaming. We will continue to find new ways, with better technology, to make concerts accessible to our community, while helping our artists to reach the Lotus audience.

“Lotus is looking for ways to connect our past artists to our audience, to remind us all of the incredible beauty these musicians have brought to our doorstep and to affirm how their artform greatly enriches our lives,” Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal said. “We proceed in hope, planning for our 27th festival while acknowledging that we may have to make some adaptations for this year’s event. Most of all, we’ll be exploring ways to keep Lotus lovers inspired by our awesome artists.”