Seán Johnson & Wild Lotus Band NOLA Weekend
Friday Night Mantra Music Concert: 7-9p
We kick of the weekend with an evening 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 weave songs from their new album ‘Mystery’ with older favorites and will play a completely different set of music from Saturday night.
Saturday Inner Fire Live Music Yoga Flow: 10am-noon
Inspired by the song on our new album "Brigid (Healing)," invoking the inspiring Celtic goddess and saint Brigid, this imaginative vinyasa yoga journey weaves yoga, music, and Celtic Spirituality– igniting and kindling the flame within to nurture, heal, and protect.
Saturday Mantra Music Concert: 7-9pm
An evening 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 weave songs from their new album ‘Mystery’ with older favorites and will play a completely different set of music from Friday night.
Sunday Morning Sanctuary: Deep Peace — Chanting & Live Music Chill Out: 10am-noon
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, including the song "Savasana (Om Namah Shivaya)" from the new album.
About Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
New Orleans’ Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band create a universal style of 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 album ‘Unity’ debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. Their album ‘Mystery’ was just released on Be Still Records. 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; and percussionist/vocalist Gwendolyn Colman. This weekend, they’ll also be joined by Narada Wise on drums and Chris Rosser on bass, guitar, oud, and keys.
Seán’s Yoga Bio
In addition to being a musician, Seán is also a yoga teacher and teacher trainer who teaches at conferences and retreat centers internationally including Yoga Journal, Kripalu, Bhakti Fest, and The German Yoga Conference. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in his beloved hometown dubbed "New Orleans’ Home for Heart-Centered Yoga," and Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching yoga with skill, heart, and imagination. He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute-Oakland with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice, apprenticing there with south Indian musician and teacher Russill Paul, author of The Yoga Of Sound He is the co-curator and coordinator of Putumayo World Music’s yoga music series. Seán is passionate about his Irish roots and ancestry, a pillar of his spirituality. He co-leads online Celtic Spirituality gatherings and retreats in Ireland each year with his friend, Ireland native Mary Meighan, founder of Celtic Journeys.
In all these roles, Seán relishes creating a playful, tender, brave space for people to open their hearts and voices, and embrace their innate creativity.
For more info, visit www.SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand.com
For this special occasion, to manage COVID risks, we have rented out the spacious Livaudais Hall, the beautiful venue pictured above, a former historic church in the heart of the city. Livaudais Hall is an expansive space to allow for social distancing, has tall ceilings for lots of air flow, and open windows on both sides (see photo) for cross ventilation to let in lots of fresh air. We will keep some windows open, so please bring layers in case it’s cold- though winter days in New Orleans are often mild.
The City of New Orleans requires vaccinations for all indoor public events. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within last 72 hours is required.
A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Cancellations and Refunds
No individual refunds. But, if this event is canceled or postponed, refunds and credits will be offered minus Bright Star service and processing fees.
All events will be held at Livaudais Hall, 2205 Second St, New Orleans, LA 70113.