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Blue Lotus / Press

“The first thing to captivate me upon hearing Blue Lotus was the otherworldly voice of Brandelyn Rose. She conveys a haunting sense of intimacy and subtle power of emotional seduction. It’s a voice of wisdom, longing and introspection. The songs themselves are what truly elevate Blue Lotus into elite company; especially in the context of the contemporary jamband scene.Anyone who worships at the grail of Steve Kimock and Jerry Garcia can expect their heart to skip a beat when Blades ventures into the sacred vortex. His playing communicates a palpable reverence, egoless conviction and 360-degree vision.The sound practically manifests as shimmering light filtering through the heavens. Anyone who covets Kimock’s work with the band Zero from the mid-90s should have extra special interest in what’s going on here. It couldn’t be more obvious that we were in the presence of greatness. Bands like this reinforce the belief that music is the ultimate drug.”

“Blue Lotus is quickly becoming a favorite in the Jam band scene. Frequently touring the west coast and upper mid-west, gathering HUGE crowds of LOVE!!! Featuring brilliant and beautiful singer/songwriter/guitarist Brandelyn Rose and her amazing voice and composing skills. Another focus of this powerful ensemble is the AX slinging lead guitarist Felix Blades. A young prodigy that has had community eyes watching his expansion of LOVE since an early age!!! Blue Lotus "LIVE" performance's also have a brilliant combination of drum and bass. On Drums is Alex Huber a very passionate and skilled percussionist with explosive licks. Playing bass guitar, Ben Bosse lays it down thick and groovy with a heavy funk sound. Sitting behind the Keyboards with his flowing fingers is Nick Agorigianitis . Nick provides an AMAZING accompaniment of sound with great rhythm and INCREDIBLE lead fills. Blue Lotus is a MUST SEE anywhere!!! Follow Blue Lotus online at... www.bluelotuseugene.com”

“On Saturday May 31st the Community Center for the performing arts and KRVM proudly welcome back Blue Lotus along with special guests Dusu Mali Band. Featured as part of Relix magazine's "bands on the rise" in 2012 and 2013, Blue Lotus was the big winner when we tallied the ballots for this year's WOW Hall awards. Blue Lotus not only won the award for "Favorite Local Band"- they took the title by a landslide! The obviously have alot of fans that love them-so much that they want the world to know just how great a group they are. Lead singer and guitarist Brandelyn Rose received the award for "favorite female performer" What's not to like? She's blonde, she's beautiful, she has a great voice, and she can hold her own on an instrument. If Brandelyn is the band's Bob, it's because Felix Blades is their Jerry. Felix took the award for "Best Instrumentalist" away from such veteran musician's as Chris Wood, Darol Anger, Karl Denson and Keller Williams.”

“Catch the blues-rockers of Blue Lotus 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 31st at the Wow Hall before they head out on tours spanning Oregon, Washington, California and next year Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Idaho with their 2013 Album " A Thousand Other Things". Blue Lotus nabbed "Favorite Local Band" in the 2013 Wow Hall Awards and lead singer and guitarist Brandelyn Rose won "Favorite Female Performer".”

“On Saturday June 15th, the community center for the performing arts and KRVM proudly welcome to the Wow Hall the Blue Lotus CD release party. Voted "Best New Act" in the Wow Hall Awards in 2013, and featured as part of Relix magazine's "bands on the rise" in 2012 and 2013, Blue Lotus is an up and coming rock and roll jam band that is making waves along the West coast. Blue Lotus is excited to announce the release of their latest album A Thousand Other Things, which features the band's newest material. The full-length studio album was recorded at Sprout City Studios in Eugene. The songs are bluesy, jazzy and inspirational. Though very different from their live performances, the record takes you on an eclectic yet ecstatic ride through the music of Blue Lotus. From sweeping guitar solos to funky grooves, from moving songs like "Sweet Petunia" to Americana style tunes like "On the Road with You", the band has crafted an LP that provides a beautiful cross section of the Blue Lotus style.”

“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.”

"These guys have a pretty tight sound, and provided an appropriate soundtrack to the crowded patio a the brew-pub/tasting room."

“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."

“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!!). ”

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