Spend the weekend with electronic music act Lotus at Summerdance from Friday through Sunday at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 Nelson Ledge Road in Nelson.
"It's going to be a really fun weekend," said bassist and sampler Jesse Miller. "We all camp out in the woods. Everyone hangs out together and we get to hang out with our fans. It's very relaxed. Everything is pretty focused around Lotus."
Lotus continues to push boundaries with their upcoming hip-hop album, "Monks" out Sept. 10.
Using the band's own studio work as a sample source, the album has a familiar feel to Lotus fans, but features classic hip-hop beats and MC's Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab of Blackalicious and Mr. Lif, Doodlebug of Digable Planets.
"'Monks' started with one track we originally had brought Mr. Lif to work on while we were recording our self-titled album that came out in 2011," Miller said. "We were sitting on that and we weren't sure exactly what to do with it and we ended up doing a few more, kind of remixing Lotus tracks from that album and adding a couple of MC's. We kept expanding from there and saw the vision for the whole thing."
Miller said Lotus has never featured rappers on their albums before.
"Everything is composed in that classic hip-hop style," Miller said. "We didn't want to just throw lyrics over something we had already done. It would just get a little too complicated, so we were distributing sound and just kind of reconceptualizing Lotus's music and then weaving the whole thing together with these instrumental pieces. It's definitely really focused on the songs."
The tracks on the album go along with a narrative following the life of a monk.
"The life of musicians feels monastic sometimes in that you're making certain sacrifices to gain other assets," Miller said. "I think part of it came from the idea of thinking about rappers or singers as someone who's living this solitary presence and bringing that kind of energy to the tracks."
Lotus premiered their first single off the album, "Cannon In The Heavens," featuring Lyrics Born.
"It sounded like a good single because it was nice and upbeat and Lyrics Born really drills those verses," Miller said. "Another one that really stands out to me is a song I was working on with Gift of Gab called 'Another World.' It's a pretty heavy banging beat and he matched that energy with me. That was fun to work on."
Miller said the band takes a different approach for every one of their albums.
"A lot of times when we're writing we're not necessarily writing with an album in mind, we're writing for the live show or just writing a lot of different material," Miller said. "This time writing a themed album kind of organically arose from that process. I would say for most albums that we do that are 10 tracks, we've written 20 to 30 tracks. I think it's finding the quality and working on a lot of stuff and working on it for a long time."
Lotus has been consistently on the road selling out venues across the country and joining major festivals.
"Ideally, our show is sucking people in," Miller said. "It's getting people moving and dancing. We definitely have elements of more modern electronic music. We generate this music that can kind of be hypnotic, so we like to pull people in with that. There's so many different elements to a Lotus show. It's definitely something you need to see in person."
Lotus will perform two sets, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.
One More Time Daft Punk Tribute, Orchard Lounge, Manhattan Project, Thunder St. Clair and Arpetrio will also perform at Summerdance.
Admission, including camping and music, is $90 pre-sale, $100 Friday through Monday at the door, $75 Saturday through Monday and $45 Sunday through Monday.
To purchase tickets or for a complete line-up and times, call 440-548-2716 or visit nlqp.com.