Reliving Lotus

The 20th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival was one for the ages. Hear snippets of your favorite bands and see photos of all the excitement.

string players performing on stage

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Frigg first performed at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in 2004. They returned to Bloomington this year for the festival's 20th anniversary.

The 20th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival is now in the books. Over 30 performers were featured over five days at eight venues in downtown Bloomington, Indiana.

Even Mother Nature wanted the whirlwind weekend of music and art to be a success — the rainstorms held off until after the outdoor concerts Saturday evening were complete.

Members of the WFIU Arts reporting team wandered around Lotus capturing music and talking to attendees. See if you can track our path through the festival with musical moments from Nomadic Massive, Japonize Elephants, Christine Salem, Väsen, Red Baraat and Jefferson Street Parade Band.

We also went backstage with Lily & Madeleine prior to their two sets at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening. Check out their a Capella rendition of “And Tonight,” a song off their up-coming album.

Christine Salem invited Bloomington singer Janiece Jaffe on stage for a very special performance.

And if you still can’t get enough Lotus, listen to our preview of the festival, where we speak with musicians, organizers and volunteers.

What were your favorite moments from this year’s Lotus festival? Add your comments and photos below!

  • Dominique

    My favorite band was the Japonize Elephants. A great festival!

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