Lee Williams has been booking musicians for Lotus since the very beginning, but his history as a music programmer in Bloomington goes back to the early 1980s.
Photographs from the 19th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in downtown Bloomington.
Early music veterans Daphna Mor and Nina Stern attempt to expand the audience for early music to include fans of world music and jazz.
Purists objected to Kaia's pairing of a shape note hymn and Radiohead. "What have you done to our music?" wrote Youtube viewers. "Who do you think you are?"
The magic dust that transforms Bloomington into a multicultural mecca for Lotus weekend also converts mere mortals into an elite corps of volunteers.
Staples is a legendary performer who's received Grammy nominations in blues, gospel, folk and pop alike.