Melvin Seals & JGB, Blue Lotus
4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR, 97215
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Melvin Seals & JGB
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of guitar, mandolin, slide and lap steel with savory bass, hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that keeps audiences dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for several hours. Melvin is pioneering a path deeper into the musical territory he helped to establish.
Featured as part of Relix magazine's "Bands on the Rise" in 2012 and voted "Best New Act" by the WOW hall in Eugene OR. Blue Lotus is an up and coming rock and roll jam band that is making waves across the West coast. Formed in 2011 after a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair, singer/songwriter Brandelyn Rose and 16-year old guitar prodigy Felix Blades sparked a unique and collaborative friendship that has attracted other talented artists. The rhythm section comprised of Ben Bosse on bass, Peter Allen on percussion, and Bob Becker on drums, drives the band with their ability to pulse out dynamic grooves that keep the audience shaking. Recently joined by Ron Puso on keyboards, Puso brings his own blend of what he calls "intergalactic soul" to the mix, further enhancing the band's eclectic sound. Blue Lotus features original songs written and composed by Rose and arranged by Blades. Rooted in Rock and Blues, and experimenting with elements of Bluegrass, Jazz and Funk, the band fuses styles to create a high-energy, fun and danceable melodic hybrid. This group is making lasting impressions with a growing west coast fan base, including radio play across several states. They have sold CD's internationally and have been singing their hearts out on the festival stages this past summer including Eugene's own "Oregon Country Fair". They have sat in with such artists as Melvin Seals and JGB. You don't want to miss a chance to see them live!
$15.00 - $18.00
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