Lotus Announces Guitarist Mike Rempel’s Final Shows At Summerdance Festival

Guitarist Mike Rempel is stepping away from Lotus after over 20 years with the band.

By Nate Todd Jun 18, 2021 2:07 pm PDT

Lotus announced guitarist Mike Rempel’s last shows with the band will take place at their annual Summerdance event. The newly announced festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend on September 3 – 5 at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio.

Founding guitarist Mike Rempel is stepping away from Lotus after over 20 years with the band. Lotus released a statement regarding Mike’s departure. Read it below:

After over 20 years guitarist Mike Rempel is stepping away from a live music career. Mike’s melodic and emotive playing helped shape the sound of Lotus and has influenced many guitarists in the live-electronic-jam scene. SummerDance will be Mike’s last performance with Lotus. Join us September 3-5, in Garrettsville, OH, to help us celebrate his musical contributions.

From touring in unreliable vans as scrappy college upstarts in Goshen, Indiana to traveling the world as seasoned veterans, headlining festivals, and playing iconic venues like Red Rocks, Mike’s journey with Lotus has been long and rewarding. And yet, we know that the life of a touring musician requires many sacrifices. We understand Mike’s decision to leave it behind. It is with the utmost respect for Mike and his long commitment to the band that we part ways as musical collaborators while our friendship and mutual admiration endures.

Lotus is honored to welcome Tim Palmieri as lead guitarist following Mike’s departure. After many months of uncertainty, we are excited to get back on stage to renew the collective energy that can only be experienced at live shows and to launch a new chapter for Lotus.

Mike Rempel also posted a statement on his website detailing his departure. Read an excerpt below:

It is with both excitement and sadness that I am announcing my departure from Lotus. My final performances with the band will take place at the Summerdance Festival in Ohio on Labor Day Weekend.

No words can adequately capture the immensity of gratitude and satisfaction that this musical project of nearly 23 years has brought to my life. At age 18, with a dreamy obsession for improvisational music, I started this band with Luke when we were just freshmen in college. I left college after only a few months with Martin Sexton’s song Glory Bound as my personal anthem: ain’t nothin’ but a pipe dream and my guitar. My commitment to pursuing music was crystal clear.

My experience in Lotus over all these years has been filled with joy, frustration, ecstasy, anger, exhilaration, loneliness, friendship, weariness, adventure, confusion, insecurity, growth, empowerment, pleasure, heartbreak, and above all, Love. It was my foundational commitment throughout these years to simply express Love through my guitar, and I oriented my life on tour around optimizing that potential each and every night. To all of you fans, over all of these years, I offer you my most reverent gratitude. You made my job easy: thank you for dancing and smiling and inspiring my heart’s song. You are so beautiful to me!

While the pandemic was a challenging upheaval for so many people, for me it opened the door to new possibilities and a quieter lifestyle that I had been longing for. My nervous system enjoyed a much needed break. It also afforded me the opportunity to start building a new career for myself in the areas of mindfulness, authentic relating work, and human growth and development. These are areas I’ve been studying and training in over several years between tours. Thus, last year it became clear to me that my love for humanity and my desire to contribute to the evolution of a healthy culture is taking me in a very different direction. I don’t want to live the “rock n’ roll lifestyle” any longer: it is no longer a true fit for the man I am becoming.

Mike went on to thank his bandmates and also detailed future endeavors. Read Mike’s entire letter here.

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