Mantra Music Concert w/ Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

Mantra Music Concert w/ Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

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Fri, Jan, 18th
All Day

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Free your heart and stir your soul in this interactive evening of ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves.

Our homegrown house band Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band, who started as a philanthropic music project after Hurricane Katrina, have grown to become worldwide ambassadors of mantra music, sharing the gift of their New Orleans-brewed kirtan across the country and abroad, including performances at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Tonight join Wild Lotus founder Sean, bass and guitar player Alvin Young, percussionist and vocalist Gwendolyn Colman, and guest drummer Matthew Hufschmidt for a rare hometown evening of rockin’ mantra music. The band has built a global fan base by putting a distinct New Orleans and American stamp on kirtan music by merging ancient mantras, rock, gospel, and world grooves. Their music has appeared on Putumayo World Music, their last album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard, and they headline yoga and music festivals across the country.

2372 St Claude Ave at St Roch-

Parking lots and entrance in back Rampart side of building

Cost: $20. Members receive 10% off. No refunds. 

 

Excerpts From Music Reviews

 

“Their music will ignite the world…a hybrid of East and West that will bring joy to your heart and get your body boogieing.” – Yoga Chicago

“A joy to listen to whether you’re a yogi, or anyone who appreciates wildly creative music.” – Yoga Journal

“A cauldron of simmering, bubbling delectable chants that bring to mind Grateful Dead jams, a little Santana spice, and an all-around endearing space that draws you in with each listen.” – Common Ground Magazine, San Francisco

“Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band’s brand of funked- up, bluesy, soul-tingling mantra music is a favorite at chant festivals and yoga retreats, where they never fail to whip the crowds into a frenzy of ecstatic free-dance. But this band consistently delivers much more than rock-out dance mantra. They will take you deep, lift you up, and crack you open with soulful sprinklings of bhakti poetry and tear-jerker gospel classics like their signature set closer I’ll Fly Away. Jazz Fest features the colors and creativity of New Orleans; artists like Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band are part of a vital new future for New Orleans. Kirtan music and yoga are bringing peace and music to people, but wherever it happens they also bring along their own musical infuences and tastes which are seen in the expression of their song.” – The Bhakti Beat 

“I will rise again, through rain and ood and wind,” Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band sang just before the heavy weather arrived. “The clouds will pass, the sun will shine and I will see again.” The band has a loyal following that ends the set with a sea of waving hands in an annual moment of Zen.” – Huffington Post 

“This music brings to mind the earnest utopian vibe of much early ’70s rock. Though it can be hard to imagine New Orleans music mixing with the spiritual chants of Kirtan music, what the Wild Lotus Band is doing is clearly effective. Johnson relates the story of their first time playing Jazz Fest when, after initially wondering if people would get what they were doing, he found that audience members had been moved to tears during the set.” —My Spilt Milk, The Cream of New Orleans Music 

 “Born and raised in New Orleans, Johnson plays kirtan in the cradle of American musical confuence. The band has reinvented the ancient tradition of kirtan into an undoubtably American sound. If you think that a kirtan is a sit-still pious event, you have obviously not heard them! A very wise man (George Clinton) once said, “Free your mind and your ass will follow. “ Sean, Gwendolyn, and Alvin have taken these words to heart and bring a little soul to some amazing bhakti (devotional) music.” – Elephant Journal

 “Sean’s music is a jewel whose international facets re ect a good groove and instant balm for the 21st century soul.” –Maryse Dejean, WWOZ-90.7 FM, New Orleans 

 “For me, their album Unity is as important as Krishna Das’s Pilgrim Heart or Jai Uttal’s Shiva Station, expanding and deepening the vision of modern kirtan music.” – Daniel Tucker, Kirtan Central

“A Sunday-morning gospel-tinged soundtrack for the revival of this century. Merging mantra, frame drum, and world music melodies and rhythms, a must-have for your kirtan library.” – LA Yoga Magazine

Watch these videos to get a glimpse of their live sound:
“Something” Performed Live at Bhakti Fest, September 2018