Jamband Spotlight: Livetronica Sampler #1

Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Livetronica: A portmanteau of the words live and electronica, is a sub-genre of the jam band movement that blends such musical styles as rock, jazz, funk, and electronica.

This week’s Jamband Spotlight is my first Livetronica Sampler! This week I have selected three live-performance bands whose shows are drenched in improvisational electronica. I’ve selected a video as well as an archived show for each band in order to highlight their talents and creativity in the live setting. Enjoy!

Featured Group #1: Lotus

Lotus has been workin’ their magic since 1999 when it was conceived at Goshen College in Indiana. Formerly a quintet, Lotus is now a four-piece groove machine that blends a swingin’ rock / jazz fusion with electronic house music ideas. This combination of styles results in a danceable sound that brings familiarly with recognizable hooks and subsequently builds affect when the band improvises over the repeated melodies and rhythms...

Lotus Live at Water Street Music Hall, on December 29, 2010. <--- Direct Archive Link


Featured Group #2: Papadosio

Originally from Athens, Ohio, this five-member group now hails from Asheville, North Carolina and is a rising force in the jamband scene. Papadosio has quickly become an in-demand act for festivals across the country over the past few years, and the band also creating its own Rootwire Music Festival in 2010 which took place in Logan, Ohio. The band approaches its music with a synth-heavy, psychedelic mindset and relies primary on hip / hop and funk beats that get the crowd movin’ wherever it plays...

Papadosio Live at Camp Barefoot 4 on August 21, 2010. <--- Direct Archive Link


Featured Group #3: Brothers Past

Brothers Past is a talented electro-rock quartet that formed during the year 2000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Led by innovative guitarist Tom Hamilton, Brothers Past shows routinely take the audiences along electronica-laden journeys that feature multiple song segues, upbeat and downtempo instrumental interludes, in-your-face synthesizer tones and soaring rock and roll moments...

Brothers Past Live at School of Rock on March 13, 2009. <--- Direct Archive Link



  1. I stopped reading this blog for a while, but if you keep putting out Livetronica Samplers-I'll be here everyday!

  2. We plan on continuing the trend. Glad to have you back!

  3. i just moved to north carolina from boston ma. my goal in the near future is to bring in talent from out of state and have them collaborate with a livetronica/jam band. send me an email at ncelectrikmusik@gmail.com


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