The Lotus World Music & Arts Festival came and went at the end of September. And Lotus Blossoms is in the spring. So why is a Lotus event cropping up on calendars around Bloomington?
It’s not an error. Lotus is launching its year-round programming initiative with a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in its new space on South Rogers Street between Fourth Street and Kirkwood Avenue. Proceeds will go toward planning future programs, and the event will serve as an opportunity to test out the new facility.
“We’re going to be spending some time refining the acoustics of the space,” said Sunni Fass, executive director for Lotus. “We’ve built it with some ideas in mind, but everyone we’ve talked to and everyone we know who works in that area pretty much said you have to hear it. There’s only so much you can predict.”
Lotus’ new neighbor, publicity firm rock paper scissors inc., is presenting the event. Founder and CEO Dmitri Vietze said the company wanted to help Lotus make a big push in its last mile of fundraising to stimulate more programming. As one of the first businesses to move to the near westside area, Vietze said he’s been keeping an eye on the development happening in the neighborhood.