Dead Phish Orchestra w/Blue Lotus opening
THE DEADPHISH ORCHESTRA is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene.
While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens.
The guys in DPO have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles. Setlists end up with segues that look like Divided Sky > Morning Dew > Divided Sky, or Help > Slip > Frankenstein. Or how about Mike’s Song > Stella Blue > Weekapaug Groove. Or even stranger, like My Friend, My Friend of the Devil…or It Must Have Been The Roses Are Free. You can see that between the vast repertoires of the two bands, the possibilities are endless.
BLUE LOTUS - Featured as part of Relix magazine's "Bands on the Rise" in 2012 and 2013, including awards for "favorite instrumentalist", "favorite female performer" and "favorite local band", this award winning group is an up and coming American rock and roll jam band that is making waves across the West coast. Formed in 2010 after a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair, singer/songwriter Brandelyn Rose and now 20-year old guitar prodigy Felix Blades sparked a unique and collaborative friendship that has attracted other talented artists including Kiefah Pearson on bass, Nick Agorgianitis on keyboards and Andrew Miller on drums. Blue Lotus features original songs that take you from rock and roll to spaced out intergalactic madness. 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.