Jam on the River Show Review

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Photo property of Mulvey-Hudson photography

This previous Memorial Day weekend was highlighted by a plethora of feel good music this past Sunday when Jam on the River returned to the River Stage at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a headlining act from the highly acclaimed music geniuses, Lotus, this beautiful afternoon was the site of good times and good people every direction you turned. This magnificent day commenced shortly after noon and not long after the gates opened, the tunes started to fill the air. With an initial performance from Grimace Federation, it was clear from the start his day was about to be something special. The venue itself exemplified the positive spirit of everyone in attendance as the lovely, flower coated walk-paths and benches complimented the perfect outlook over the river and intricate vendor booths fantastically. Zoogma was next to take the stage, and by 2:30 in the afternoon, the fans slowly began pouring inside the venue.

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Photo property of DS Photograhpy

         As Zoogma laid down a few classics such as “Let My Shorty Ride” and their unique energizing remix of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, it was hard to believe that so many other great acts were still to come later in the day. Following a short intermission, Conspirator was next to take the stage, and within a few minutes the entire crowd was vibrating with the jamtastic covers the band was laying down for us all to enjoy. The day only continued to be more beautiful, and when it was Papadosio’s turn to take the stage, there seemed to be not a worry in the world. The soothing vibes flowed throughout the audience perfectly and everyone could be seen with a smile on their face as the guitarist laid down some smooth riffs to match the energy of the crowd perfectly over some of their most classic songs.

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Photo property of Mulvey-Hudson Photograhpy

         The electro-soul Detroit born producer, Griz, was next to perform following an excellent set from Papadosio. Griz brought with him as much live energy as he possibly could, throwing samples over classic songs such as “DTW to DIA” and “Smash the Funk”. With songs such as “Vision of Happiness” and a cover of “Put it Down”, Griz did his best to hype up the crowd as much as possible for the magical Lotus set that was next in store. Finishing with an energetic remix of “Who Wants to Party”, Griz left the stage with the crowd as stoked as ever to see what Lotus was about to unleash.

        As the band began to file out on stage at approximately 8 PM, it was nothing but straight madness for the next two hours straight. Starting out with a magnificent “Harps” opener, the band moved into the jam filled classic “Wax”. Following the craziness, they then slowed down the energy as they hit the audience with the euphoric jams “The Surf” and “Strawberry Letter 23” collectively. Following a beautiful rendition of “Sunrain”, the funk and intimacy grew deeper and deeper as songs like “Mikesnack”, “Tip of the Tongue”, “Dowrn”, and “Greet the Mind” rounded out the performance perfectly. After an absolutely intense “Bush Pilot”, the magic sadly had to come to an end as Lotus topped it all off with a glorious “Gilded Age” to finish off the nights festivities. Lotus most certainly showed why they are still so successful in doing what they are still doing today, and after their set at Jam on the River, everyone was left awestruck.

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Photo Property of Mulvey-Hudson Photography

         Overall, this festival turned out to be nothing short of magnificent. All the love and energy that flowed throughout the venue made for one hell of an afternoon, and I for one am extremely glad to have gotten to enjoy it with all the beautiful people who attended. Jam on the River returned with emphasis, and following the huge success that was this past Memorial Day Weekend, Philadelphia fans can only sit and beg for the return of this awesome festival in the next coming year. 

Written By: Cooper Turley