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5 reasons Lotus will be just like a music festival

Where: The Blue Note

When: Wednesday, March 1. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Opener: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Summer is only a couple of months away and we all know what that means — festival season. Tickets for popular festivals such as Bonnaroo and Electric Forest are selling quick (if they haven’t sold out already). If only there was a way for you to see one of the festival artists right here in Columbia, right? Well, you can! Lotus will be gracing the stage at The Blue Note with their post-rock/electro vibes in less than a week.

Lotus is an innovative and inventive band with a unique sound. They pride themselves on being equally rock and electro, a combination that completely challenges the idea of normal. But who wants to go to a normal concert or  live a normal life?

Lotus describes themselves as being the “Only band with two guitars at an electronic music festival,” and the “Only rock band that will play house beats.” Not convinced this concert will live up to your idea of a festy-type experience? Well, allow me to prove you wrong.

    1. They recently released “Eat The Light,” their latest album that’s packed full of jammy goodness. Here is one of my favorite songs.
    2. Festivals always feature a variety of tunes that cater to every type of music-lover and Lotus somehow manages to cover most of those genres on their own! They cover everything from instrumental to electro to rock to indie to jam. You can listen to all types of genres without having to migrate to a different stage like you would at a festival. For example, this song has a very island-like sound with a female vocalist. Random…but totally awesome.
      1. 3. They’re all about good vibes. Seriously, their website is

    1. . That’s what festivals are all about, right? Here’s a playlist that showcases songs from Lotus’s newest album and also some pretty awesome songs that totally go along with their sound. This playlist features the likes of ODESZA, Pretty Lights and more.  All the vibes, man.
    4. Their opener is seriously AWESOME. If you haven’t heard of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, you’re already missing out. Listening to their album puts me in a funky heaven. Check this song out and you’ll know what I’m talking about:
    5. This concert will be at The Blue Note and a night at the Note is a night away from reality. People go to festivals to take a little break from the tribulations and stresses of everyday life and let the music and good feelings bring everyone together. This concert will do just that. After all, what could be better than good music, good people and a little escape from reality?

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Calling All Ninjas: Datsik Show Preview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15. Doors at 9 p.m.

Tickets: $22.50 advance // $25 day of show

Openers: Crizzly + Virtual Riot

COMO, I have some good news for you. Datsik is about to kick off EDM season with a bang…and it’s going to be nasty.

Datsik has already kicked off his Ninja Nation Tour 2017 and his next stop is here at The Blue Note. Datsik says his main goal when he hits the stage is to “embody what it is to be a rave ninja.” He adds, “We’ve got a ton of dope surprises waiting for you with this one, so get ready to have some fun!”

Dope surprises? That sounds like my kind of concert. In addition to being an amazing EDM artist and producer, Datsik founded his own label, Firepower Records. Boss ninja status for sure.

Datsik has recently released SENSEI EP on Dec. 16. The EP is sure to be a focal point of his tour. From his bass-filled single “Just Sayain,” to his head-bang worthy collaboration with Excision “Redemption,” and his hip-hop/bass single “Fly Low” feat. Chatterbox, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.


If you’re not yet convinced that this show will be the time of your life, check out this footage of people at a Datsik concert not too long ago.


There are so many reasons to come to Datsik this Wednesday. My top reasons are to dance my booty off, forget about all of my responsibilities for a couple of hours, but most importantly, to go wild with my friends. This may or may not include some serious head-banging and hair-flipping. This will be one of the craziest concerts of the season. Tickets are almost gone but it’s not too late to be a ninja for the night and get your freak on. See you all there.


This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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In Khan We Trust

The other day I was talking with my roommate about classes, how I’ve developed a binge-watching addiction on Netflix and that my motivation was at an all-time low. I realized that I had reached my mid-semester slump. Like any good roommate she suggested that we go downtown on a Monday night, forget our responsibilities and just have fun. Although it was tempting, I had to be somewhat responsible and say no in lieu of my test later that week. She then suggested that we go to a concert, knowing that I couldn’t say no to that.

When I looked at The Blue Note concert schedule for this week and saw Valentino Khan was performing Saturday it was almost as if the music gods had answered my prayers. I don’t know if it was the timing, the fact that I was scheduled a morning shift that day, or that I just really love his music (or a mix of all three), but I’ve never been so excited for a concert. Here’s some reasons you should be just as excited as I am:

1. The perfect excuse to let loose. TREAT YOURSELF.everybody-dance-office-gif

2. Live music with good friends never disappoints. Whether you’re having a terrible week or a great week and just looking for something to top it off, live music with good company is always the solution.


3. Every time the beat drops I feel a sense of satisfaction and that’s a feeling you can’t pass up. You know when the music keeps building and building and building and then finally… it drops and you just look at your friend like “ohhhh my god :-)” In that moment you forget about everything but the music and it’s impossible to not love that feeling.








Here’s a song that I think defines that feeling.

P.S. It’s an amazing song in general.


4. I can skip the gym without feeling bad. Because I’ll be dancing my booty off.










5. His openers are pretty awesome and that always makes a concert 100x better. He has two openers, MedusA and Henrik the Artist. Here is a little taste of them:


Henrik the Artist:

6. And last but certainely not least, Valentino Khan is not just an EDM producer. He’s a man of many talents. He’s an A-list producer, an EDM creator and most importantly a full-time partier – he will put on the perfect show for anyone who is looking for a good time.


This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.