Before getting into the groovy performance that Lotus put on for their fans, I need to give a shoutout to the opener. Even for the extreme concertgoers, a cold Sunday night does not seem like the best time to bundle up, go downtown, find parking, and wait in a line for a show that starts at 8 pm. In fact, that’s exactly what I thought as I looked around to find that twelve people were spread throughout Fine Line Music Cafe at 7:50 pm.
At about 8:10 pm, Marvel Years strolled out of the green room to a shockingly small audience of about twenty people, most of whom were still grabbing drinks at the bar. I waited a moment as I sat in the balcony, to observe how he would react to an essentially empty room. Surprisingly, Marvel Years was ready to get the party started with or without an audience. With swagger, he began his set as if it were any of the big festivals he has been to.
If one had not heard of Marvel Years before seeing him live, one might assume he’s a young kid that likes making sounds on his computer. Immediately that thought disappears as the funk flows from the speakers. Within the first songs, the small audience seemed intrigued by the groovy bass and the sheer passion he exerted through his music. His candid and passionate persona made the audience feel comfortable.
A few bold individuals jived onto the roomy dancefloor and broke the awkward ambiance. Slowly but surely, the concertgoers fought the cold weather and walked into the venue, swiftly jamming over to the other dancers. The live guitar, groovy bass, and his atmospheric sound made it impossible not to at least tap your foot. Hats off to Marvel Years for really setting the vibe perfectly for Lotus to perform.
Once Lotus hit the stage, the venue was packed with exciting and positive vibes. For their first few songs, they slowly ramped up the danceable songs. Their most popular song, “Spiritualize”, on their 2005 Nomad album was first up for the night. Hearing them play live was mind-boggling because it made you feel like you were in a whole other world. From the music, lights, and atmosphere, Fine Line was a non-stop jam.
Set List: Lotus
2.) Basin to Benin
6.) Neon Tubes
7.) Umbilical Moonset
8.) Plant Your Root
10.) Sleep When We Are Dead
14.) What Did I Do Wrong