Lotus were joined by some special guests for their Talking Heads Deconstructed set at Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT last night. The group got some help from singer Gabriel Otto of Pan Astral, who took on the David Byrne role throughout the night. The show shifted between jammed out Talking Head covers and original Lotus material over the course of about two and a half hours. American Babies/Brothers Past guitarist Tom Hamilton sat in with the group for much of the set, while String Cheese Incident percussionist/EOTO drummer Jason Hann joined in toward the end of the performance for “Crosseyed and Painless” and a “This Must Be The Place” encore.
The night also featured another sit in from artist-at-large Stanley Jordan, who made an appearance during Deep Banana Blackout’s late night set on the Green Vibes stage. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue also got some help from Connecticut’s own Funky Dawgz Brass Band, who added some extra horns to the New Orleans rockers’ sound. Other highlights included a hits-filled headlining performance by John Fogerty, as well as an exciting mid-day show from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
Gathering of the Vibes will continue today with sets from Widespread Panic, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, LEftover Salmon with Bill Payne and more.
Here’s a look at the Lotus: Talking Heads Deconstructed setlist:
Pull Up the Roots* (w/ Suitcases tease), Moonrocks*, The Great Curve*, Middle Road, Found a Job*, Shimmer and Out, I Zimbra*# > Spiritualize~, Warning Sign*, What Did I Do Wrong, Born Under Punches*, Golden Ghost > Crosseyed and Painless*% (w/ Flower Semon tease)
E. Gilded Age, This Must Be the Place*% (w/ Umbilical Moonrise tease)
(*) with Gabe Otto vocals, Talking Heads, first time played
(#) with American Babies on additional vocals
(~) with Tommy Hamilton on guitar
(%) with Jason Hann on percussion