Natu Camara. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a press release from the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation. Bloom has republished it here in its entirety with minor edits for style and clarity.

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation invites the community to stay connected during the dark winter months via the Lotus Third Thursdays Winter Virtual Concert Series. These free concerts will feature new artists and archived artist concerts on the Lotus Facebook and YouTube pages. The concerts will take place on Thursday, December 17; Thursday, January 21; and Thursday, February 18. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

The inaugural Winter Concert on December 17 features an hour-long set from the dance-inducing band Nation Beat. Nation Beat draws on the wellsprings of jazz rhythms and be-bop-via-Brazil-style drumming. Nation Beat’s sound is propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass that make you want to get up and move. They are the perfect antidote to cold winter nights, providing a warm-up soundtrack. In addition to Nation Beat, this concert will also showcase a surprise set from the Lotus Archives.

The second virtual concert ,on Thursday, January 21, will feature Vox Sambou, a poet and multilingual performer who writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Natu Camara, an acclaimed afro-soul singer-songwriter from Guinea, will provide a virtual performance during the third concert of the series.

“We are excited to do our first-ever Winter Virtual Concert Series working with some of our favorite bands to shake ourselves loose during what has proven to be a long and difficult year,” Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal says. “Keeping connected to the music we love is important for all of us at Lotus, and our goal is to keep our fans engaged and hopeful that a new and positive era is just around the corner in 2021.”

To access the concerts, sign up to receive the concert links by email through Eventbrite here or visit the Lotus Facebook or YouTube pages on the night of the concert.