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Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans' Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band create a universal style of cross-cultural spiritual music filtered through the depth, sincerity, and soul of their own American and ancestral roots. Their music merges conscious lyrics, sacred chants from the spiritual traditions of yoga and beyond, and roots, rock, gospel, and global grooves. They are known for creating interactive, soul-stirring songs to dance and sing along with as well as to grieve and heal.

In 2005, Seán founded the band as a post-hurricane Katrina philanthropic music project, raising funds across the country for relief from the devastation of the storm. The theme of searching for grace and inspiration amidst challenge and destruction has permeated their music ever since. In 2007, they released their first album, ‘Calling The Spirits’ which caught the ears of pioneering Canadian record producer Terry McBride, founder of Nettwerk Records and Lilith Fair. McBride signed the band to Nettwerk for the release of their follow-up album, ‘Devaloka.’ When Putumayo World Music founder, Dan Storper heard ‘Devaloka,’ he chose music off the record to be featured on Putumayo’s first compilation of music designed for yoga. Inclusion on three Putumayo albums has helped propel the band’s music to listeners across the globe. Their last album ‘Unity’ debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. Their new album Mystery was just released on Be Still Records, and was named one of the best 50 albums released by Lousisiana musicians this year by Offbeat Magazine. They are a favorite headliner at conscious music festivals across the U.S. and have played The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on multiple occasions.

The band features vocalist/lyricist/harmonium player Seán Johnson; Alvin Young on six-string fretless bass and electric guitar; percussionist/vocalist Gwendolyn Colman; Narada Wise on drums; and this year we also have Chris Rosser, who is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist whose instruments include the Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, melodica, piano, guitar, and bass.

Oct 6, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023

Friday Night Mantra Music Concert
(2 hours) 7-9pm

Evening #1 of interactive, soul-stirring ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge conscious lyrics and New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. (The band will play a completely different set of music on Saturday night.)

The event also celebrates the release of the band's recent album MYSTERY. Their last album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart, #3 on Billboard, their songs have appeared on Putumayo World Music, and they are the first mantra-based band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival.

$36
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Live Music Flow: Bhakti On The Mat
(2 hours Sat. morning) 10:30am-12:30pm

Merge the heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling from the mythical world of yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some experience with yoga is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest.

$45
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Saturday-Night Mantra Music Concert
(2 hours) 7-9pm

Evening #2 of interactive, soul-stirring ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge conscious lyrics and New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. The band will play a completely different set of music from Friday night.

The event also celebrates the release of the band's recent album MYSTERY. Their last album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart, #3 on Billboard, their songs have appeared on Putumayo World Music, and they are the first mantra-based band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival.

$36
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Sunday Morning Sanctuary: Deep Peace -- Chanting & Live Music Chill Out
(2 hours) 10:30am-12:30pm

Indulge yourself, relax and recharge with this mellow, all-levels practice guided by Seán and supported by the soothing live sounds of the band. The class includes serene lullabies and chants to support deep calm and rest.

$45

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