Lancaster Roots and Blues: Derek Brown

Our excitement has been growing for months as Rich Ruoff – the director of The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival – has slowly revealed the lineup for the February 26-28 music festival in downtown Lancaster. Roots and Blues – now in its third year – features more than 70 local and nationally touring bands. With so many bands to check out in three days, you obviously won’t be able to catch them all, but over the next couple weeks, we’ll be highlighting a few bands you should make sure to see. 


Derek Brown

Chicago is well represented at this year’s Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival. Besides The O’My’s, saxophonist/beatboxer Derek Brown hails from the Windy City. Using a variety of innovative techniques like slap-tonguing and double-tonguing as well as beatboxing, Brown is able to add a percussive element to the saxophone.

Brown swiftly modulates from genre to genre going from thick funk, to smooth jazz, to Chicago blues, to pop covers as he makes his loops around Chi-town with his band the Derek Brown Syndicate, the funk fusion group Low Spark and his BEATBoX SAX solo show.

Brown performs two sets during Roots & Blues. An evening set from 6-7:15 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at Tellus360 (24 E. King St.) and another set on Saturday, February 27 from 10:15-11:30 p.m. at the Trust Performing Arts Center (37 N. Market St.). Brown will also conduct a special Master Class during the Festival. Check the site for more details and get tickets here or call 1-800-838-3006.

Check out his take on Herbie Hancock’s funk classic “Chameleon.”


Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival?


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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