“As the night goes on, many of the acts subside, and by 10 p.m.-the Block Party's official end time-Blue Lotus takes the stage. If you haven't had a chance to hear these cats jam yet, you're in for a treat. It's severely reminiscent of anything the Dead ever made happen, although Brandelyn Rose, who strums rhythm alongside Felix Blades' lead, doesn't quite sound like Bob Weir. The group is tight as bondage and trucks on through those jams like Further's wheels rolling across the nation. This is one group you definitely don't want to miss; the Grateful Dead comparison is fairly astounding in it's uncanniness.”
“Blue Lotus to release album with free show Blue Lotus, a local jam band featuring a teenage guitar prodigy, is releasing its second album today during a free concert at Ninkasi Brewing, 272 Van Buren Street. Relix magazine highlighted the group in March as an act "on the rise". The group formed at the Oregon Country Fair last year, and it will be playing that event again this year. Singer Brandelyn Rose met 16-year old guitarist Felix Blades at the fair, which sparked a friendship and collaboration, the band's biography says. The rhythm section is Mike Byrd on drums, and Peter Allen on percussion, Ben Bosse on bass and Ron Puso on keyboards. With "dynamic grooves that keep their audience shaking" the bio says, Blue Lotus is a group that aims to entertain. The band plays original songs written by Rose and arranged by Blades. You can listen to an archived live show at www.bluelotuseugene.com. The self-titled album was recorded at Studio BCD in Eugene. It includes both studio and live”
“Joyful Jamming If Eugene had a soundtrack, it would, without a doubt, include a song or two from the up-and-coming band Blue Lotus. This local jam group and its eclectic sound can be attributed to six diverse musicians, including 16-year old guitarist Felix Blades. Blue Lotus is jazzy, bluesy and funky, but when asked how the band classifies its sound, the members are hesitant to respond. "We try not to pigeonhole ourselves into a genre because it's limiting to a whole bunch of people that would really enjoy our music" founding member Brandelyn Rose says. With a combination of raw talent, a love of music and a desire to bring joy to all who listen, Blue Lotus is irrefutably festive. "All the songs are positive, some people might say weird at times, but it's wholesome music," keyboardist Ron Puso says. "By the end of the night if we have moved one person to feel a little better, then we've done our job," Blades says. Showcasing the band's recording chops and containing some radio-frien”
"This is a truly great band"
“Blue Lotus was featured in Relix magazine's bands "on the rise" section in March of 2012. Their original song "The Collective" was included on the Relix compilation CD which will be available internationally.”
“Then we’re heading over to Ninkasi Brewery Tasting Room to hear the band, Blue Lotus. Relatively new to the music scene this group has some amazing songs with memorable vocal by Brandelyn Rose. I’m looking forward to hearing them perform one of my new favorite songs, The Train. That song has some good rhythms and really makes me want to shake my groove thang. My colleague Laurel Hayles absolutely loves this band. In her review of the band, Laurel says, “first, you have to know that Brandelyn reminds me of Janis Joplin in looks and sounds completely like Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders. Put that together with music that sounds like the Dead, and you have a party wherever they are playing. Couple that with Felix Blades, a 15-year phenomenon on lead guitar, and that just starts the outline of the picture of this group.” This sounds like a lot fun!”
"With a reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) mixed with Shirley Manson (Garbage) Blue Lotus musically has a jazzy, blues funk sound with Page-like guitar riffs."
"These guys have a pretty tight sound, and provided an appropriate soundtrack to the crowded patio a the brew-pub/tasting room."
“With a packed house for a Thursday night, this Eugene band had their work cut out for them. I had a sneak peak/listen from their webpages and knew we were in for a few surprises. First, you have to know that Brandelyn reminds me of Janis Joplin in looks and sounds completely like Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders. Put that together with music that sounds like the Dead, and you have a party wherever they are playing. Couple that with Felix, a 16-year old phenomenon on lead guitar, and that just starts the outline of the picture of this group. Ben’s bass was snapping, with Peter B.’s drums and the second Peter on bongos. Matt’s keys were awesome, and Brandelyn’s rhythm guitar was silky smooth. Felix’s lead guitar riffs run from weeping to wailing, sweeping and soaring along and taking the audience with him for the ride. It's hard to believe these guys have only been together for about half a year! Stay tuned (you know you really wanna!!). ”
"Psychedelic jam band releases debut CD"