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2606, 2018

2018 Festival Shirt Artist, Julie Barnett

June 26th, 2018|

When was your first Lotus Fest?
The second year, in ‘95

How many have you attended?
I’ve attended at least one event of about 10 festivals. 

How did you first cross paths with Lotus?Favorite Festival memories?
I first learned about the festival from James Combs when it was still just an idea he was cooking up with Lee Williams and […]

1406, 2018

A Celebration of Lotus Volunteers

June 14th, 2018|

The annual Lotus Volunteer Appreciation Party took place on Thursday, June 7, at Fountain Square Ballroom.  The fun-filled event packed camaraderie, conversation, and appreciation into an evening focused on celebrating our amazing Lotus volunteers.

 

In addition to honoring volunteers who hit benchmarks of 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service, we also gave “Home Team” and […]

2906, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #5: Spiro

June 29th, 2018|

The final sneak peek is one that I have a special attachment to. I’ve been a fan of the English quartet Spiro for many years (they’ve been around for as long as Lotus), but have been frustrated that they have never toured the U.S. So one of my goals in working with Lotus this year […]

2206, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #4: Rio Mira

June 22nd, 2018|

Named after the river that flows between Colombia and Ecuador, this Afro-Pacific ensemble starts with the marimba at its center, and flows with centuries of musical influence, like its namesake. Much has been made of Afro-Colombian music the past few years… now here’s a different take, with Ecuadorian overtones.

Like so much of global music, you […]

1506, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #3: Hawktail

June 15th, 2018|

As soon as the trio Haas Kowert Tice announced that they had expanded into a quartet and were calling themselves Hawktail, we asked if they were available for Lotus. Now they’ve released a debut album, and, just last weekend, appeared on Chris Thile’s national live radio program Live from Here (where the individual players were already regulars […]

706, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #2: Aynur

June 7th, 2018|

About 10 years ago, someone tipped me to a great music documentary about the roots music movement in Istanbul called “Crossing the Bridge.” I found the DVD and screened it one summer night with my family. The film is a fantastic musical journey, and the standout scene was recorded in an 18th Century Turkish bath, […]

106, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #1: Jupiter & Okwess

June 1st, 2018|

Where to start? How about by fulfilling an essential requirement for any world music festival with an outdoor stage: a high-energy dance band, ideally from one of the music capitals of the African continent. Kinshasa has always been a melting pot of great music, known for its vibrancy and innovation, and Jupiter Bokondji has been […]

1404, 2018

The 9,000 Mile Journey of 10,000 Stars

April 14th, 2018|

Passionate about Peace:
A Donor Profile Featuring Armen Vartian and Candice Foss
As perennial supporters of Lotus, Armen Vartian and Candice Foss contributed a crucial element in Lotus successfully delivering over 10,000 stars to the One Million Stars to End Violence project. The husband-wife duo work at the same law office, where Armen specializes in legal issues […]

1904, 2018

Lotus Debuts at Bloomington Trashion Refashion Show

April 19th, 2018|

This year’s opening act for Bloomington’s Trashion Refashion event on April 8 at the Buskirk Chumley Theater was an exciting melding of performing and visual art.  Lotus staff member Tamara Loewenthal’s performing dance group, the Foot Squad, strutted their stuff as they clogged and flatfooted through several dynamic dance tunes.  Their outfits were created from a combination […]

1103, 2018

Lotus Blossoms Public Events

March 11th, 2018|

As Spring Blooms, Lotus Blossoms
We’re excited to be presenting our most robust artist lineup ever for our 23rd annual Lotus Blossoms.  We’ve packed a public event calendar with ample opportunities for fans of every age to celebrate music and art from around the globe.

Lotus Blossoms is not just for kids.
As the cornerstone of our educational outreach programming, Lotus […]

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