Load remaining images This weekend, Lotus played two shows at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. The electronic jam band was joined by newcomers Spafford, who have been on the up-and-up in 2016 after selling out two shows in the Windy City earlier this summer. The opening act fully complemented the post-rock, dance-driven group, who also had vocalist Gabe Otto on board for the two-night run.“I’ve really enjoyed listening to Spafford open for these shows, their improv is incredibly patient and locked in,” said Lotus’s Mike Greenfield in a Facebook post. To get a good taste of the band’s style, be sure to listen to their new live album, Live Vol 2 here.Lotus prepared a career-spanning setlist for both nights, with some of their new songs “I’ve Been A Fool,” “Eats The Light,” “Anti-Gravity,” sneaking in from their recent Eat the Light release, which features vocals for the first time in the band’s career. Saturday night’s show closed with a favorited “Crosseyed & Painless” cover of the Talking Heads before taking the stage for Chicago’s final double encore.You can see setlists from both bands below, as well as a full gallery courtesy of Tara Gracer Design & Photography:Setlist: Spafford at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/4/16Set: Electric Taco Stand, All In, People, The Postman > WeaselSetlist: Lotus at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/4/16Set One: L’immueble > Expired Slang, Plant > Sunrain, Sleep When We’re Dead, I’ve Been A Fool, Flower SermonSet Two: Blender, Lead Pipe > Greet The Mind, Pachyderm, Eats the Light, Marisol, WaxEncore: Bush Pilot, Gilded AgeSetlist: Spafford at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/5/16Set: Leave The Light On > Salamander Song, Backdoor Funk, America > Todd’s TotsSetlist: Lotus at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/5/16Set One: Bellwether, Middle Road, Travel > Massif, Neon Tubes, Anti Gravity > SpiritualizeSet Two: Cold Facts, Lucid Awakening, Kesey Seed, Move Too Fast > Intro to a Cell, Crosseyed & PainlessEncore: Umbilical Moonrise, Disappear in a Blood Red Sky
Read Full Story Graduate students Aleem Ahmed and Caroline Mauldin are benefitting two countries with a single grain.Ahmed and Mauldin launched Love Grain last year to produce gluten-free cereals, pastas, and pancake and waffle mixes all made with teff — a high-protein, high-fiber grain that’s a staple in the Ethiopian diet.“I am impressed with Love Grain’s commitment to the small hold farmers that grow teff in Ethiopia,” says Amy Davies, director of MPA Programs. “It’s been a pleasure to watch Love Grain grow as a result of Caroline and Aleem’s good work, and a pleasure to eat the pancakes — as I can personally attest that they are delicious.”Love Grain was inspired by Ahmed’s experience working for the Teff Value Chain Program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, where he helped three million farmers increase their yields. In the process, Ahmed learned that some seven-million teff farmers lack a market for their grain.