They came out early and ably filled the spacious Cherokee Street venue, eager to become part of the truly unique show that EOTO brings wherever it tours. The Colorado duo filled the room essay writer with lights, sounds and joy as they molded the crowd into a large, bouncing mass of smiles and sweat.
Local DJ Cody Breeze (not pictured) welcomed the evening's most punctual fans, and by the time Spankalicious took the helm, the dance floor was full of hula hoops, glow poi and even a custom altered light-up umbrella. Spankalicious has become a staple act at 2720 -- Loyal Family's flagship venue -- delivering a dubstep style set that combines a digital DJ controller with live drumming on an electric pad.
However, it was certainly the headliners that drew the crowd, as everyone came eager to experience the Lotus Stage that EOTO unveiled for this tour. Michael Travis and Jason Hann, both accomplished musicians in their own right and part of the seminal eclectic act the String Cheese Incident, improvise each and every moment of every show, combining an arsenal of computerized toys with a selection of traditional electric instruments to create a sound that fuses multiple styles of electronic music.
They topped off their sound with the incredible visual display of the Lotus Stage, which featured rows of white, lotus leaf-shaped panels at the front and rear of the stage, with precise projections beaming actively moving patterns -- leaf by leaf -- additional background patterns and even spotlights that made shadows part of the show. It was a sight to see and a night to remember; the crowd couldn't get enough, despite two lengthy sets of EOTO magic.
All photos by Wil Wander.