I worked a gig for LOTUS in Buffalo on the waterfront back in August, 2013. It was the rare blue skies and sunshine on a Thursday we had this past Summer. LOTUS set up their own stage and spent the afternoon getting everything “right.”
The monitor engineer also records every show. He said that he mixes the shows on the road and makes them available online to fans soon after. It’s a great opportunity for the band to make a few extra bucks. The Buffalo gig is on here, also.
This dude was the lighting director and stage manager. He spent most of the time with our lighting crew setting up the moving heads and truss they brought to supplement our lighting package.
Rich. Warm. Luke Miller plays this Gibson ES 135 and keyboards. Luke sliced his finger pretty badly this afternoon and was able to get through the show with duct tape. Duct tape fixes everything.
Depending on year and condition, a standard Gibson ES 135 can be had for $1300 – $4500. I wouldn’t mind having one of these.
Mike Rempel, the lead guitarist, was very enthusiastic about this guitar. He offered to let me play it but I couldn’t accept. It’s the only one he has, only had it 2 months, and the gig was in a few hours. I wanted to play it. I really did. In fact, I was blown away he would offer. This is a custom built guitar by Matthew Artinger using a Gibson Les Paul neck that Mike likes. This guitar costs about $4300 custom.
Luke Miller played the ES 135 through this Valvetech amp. It’s the first time I’d ever heard this amp. It’s a new amp with old sound. A fresh take on a vintage tone. The mic on the amp is an MD421. Not a bad choice for some added girth to the tone. This model as a British quality to it.
Jesse Miller played bass and sampler. Jesse formed LOTUS with his brother Luke back in 1999. His bass signal went to an Avalon U5 and into an Eden WT-400. The cabinet was an Ampeg SVT. I think it’s a newer one which surprised me. The last 6 years for Ampeg haven’t been great since moving manufacturing.
A rather large crowd anticipating a fabulous show. That black tent that’s being swallowed by the masses? That’s our front of house where lights and sound are being mixed.
Think the drummer can hear his monitor mix? That monitor is only the size of a refrigerator.
The concert starts as the sun begins to recede. By the time the sun is gone, the stage lighting is amazing.
There was a baseball game being played at the stadium. I have no idea who the Bisons were playing or if they won. All I know is that they had fireworks afterwards which was a nice final touch to the concert with LOTUS. I’ll catch another show sometime whether or not I’m working. I really liked these dudes.