- Blue Lotus with Dusu Mali Band
Event on 2014-05-31 19:30:00
by Bob Fennessy
On Saturday, May 31, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome Blue Lotus back to the WOW Hall 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 years WOW Hall Awards. Blue Lotus not only won the award for Favorite Local Band they took the title in a landslide! They obviously have a lot of fans wholove 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. Whats not to like? Shes blonde. Shes beautiful. She can sing, and she can hold her own on her instrument.
If Brandelyn is the bands Bob, its because Felix Blades is their Jerry. Felix took the award for Best Instrumentalist away from such veteran musicians as Chris Wood, Darol Anger, Karl Denson and Keller Williams. Maybe the award should have been called favorite as well but, damn, the boy, scratch that, young man can play. Still a teenager, Blades is only going to get better.
Blue Lotus formed in 2010 after a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair. Singer/songwriter Brandelyn Rose and now 18-year old guitar prodigy Felix Blades sparked a unique and collaborative friendship that has attracted other talented artists including Ben Bosse on bass, Peter Allen on percussion, Ron Puso on keyboards and Charlie Davis on drums.
A blues-rock band that incorporates jazz, funk and bluegrass, Blue Lotus has impressed fans with live sets of spaced out intergalactic madness. They have hosted sit in jams with members of Melvin Seals and JGB and shared the bill with RJD2, Papadosio, Fruition, Scott Law, Afromassive, Sophistafunk, Tony Saunders, and many more.
Last June, Blue Lotus held a CD Release Party at the WOW Hall for their 12-song studio album A Thousand Other Things. "We needed the songs to be radio-friendly, so we had to get 'em down to under six minutes, which was really hard to do, Brandelyn told Eugene Weekly."
The bands previous album included both studio tracks and live recordings from a show at the WOW Hall.
This year, Blue Lotus is headed out of Oregon. With plans in the works for three mini tours this spring and a two-week West Coast tour in the fall. Tour dates will include shows in Washington, Oregon and California, with plans next year for a tour of Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Idaho.
So come see your Favorite Local Band now while theyre still local.
Dusu means heart in Bambara, the primary language spoken by the band frontman Ibrahim Kelly, nephew of Ali Farka Toure, and native of Mali, West Africa. "In your heart" is where the band would like you to feel the music.
Based in Portland, Dusu Mali Band plays improvisational African blues rock & roll, creating unique live music experiences every time they hit the stage. Some songs are based on traditional West African music, but most originate completely from the minds and hearts of the band members. The music continues to grow over time as the band is always finding a new approach to their live experience.
The bands newest album, Never Give Up, pays tribute to the story of the group and the persistence and hard work it took them to get where they are today.
Never Give Up takes the percussive elements of traditional Malian rhythms and splices it with thick grooves of reggae, psychedelic rock, blues and back again, reports the Portland Mercury. Multilingual singing comes quickly for Kelly, and songs erupt out of the gate with positive energy, only to give way to extended fusion jams with a foundation of repetition that accentuates the djembe downbeats and the simultaneously fluid and turbulent guitar.
Tickets are in advance, at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00.On Saturday, May 31, the Community Center for thePerforming Arts proudly welcomes Blue Lotus back to the WOW Hall along withspecial guests Dusu Mali Band.
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