“The 2013 edition of Hangout is not as stacked with improvisational talent as years past, but thankfully, noodle dancing never dies. Here are some highlights from this year’s lineup.”
My editor says I’m the “jam-band” guy on staff, so of course I got this assignment. My short blurbs on Trey Anastasio Band, The Black Crowes, Jim James, moe., and The Werks.
Luella and the Sun have a lot to say, but they do it through their music. The four-piece band combines the fuzzy riffs of the Black Keys with the rock and roll grit and anything-goes weirdness of the White Stripes to make something all their own. And that’s before we even get to Luella, the band’s front-woman, whose hypnotic voice can propel the band to loud, soaring heights or guide it to the most delicate soul-piercing melody.
Fresh off head-turning sets at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, the four-piece blues-rock-gospel band now makes its way to Hangout. IN caught up with bassist Adam Bednarik for a brief moment of downtime in the band’s tight schedule.
Everyone should be listening to this band right now.
“Lotus is the rare band that can do funk festivals and electronic music festivals in consecutive weekends. They are as at home at 10,000-seat amphitheaters as they are in 400-capacity clubs. Fresh off a coast-to-coast tour, bassist Jesse Miller sat down with the IN to talk about the band and what it’s like being part of such a great Hangout kickoff party lineup.”
Here’s my interview with Lotus from our paper’s Hangout Festival Issue
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