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Derek O’Kanos EPK

To put it bluntly: Derek is authentic and his music is the real deal. He sings from the heart and is a captivating performer of rock, pop, blues, and country.


Howlin' Wolf
So it Goes
Little Bird

Derek O’Kanos is a musician at the heart of the New England music scene. A powerful vocalist and captivating performer; the solo artist, band leader, and label owner is a tough man to nail down in a few sentences. He’s an easy going guy, whose fire emerges once he starts to sing. Derek manages to tap into his memories and inner most feelings to turn a few chords into a transcendental experience for those who wish to listen.

It’s no wonder then that in addition to being celebrated at home, O’Kanos has been featured on international radio, worked with Grammy nominated producers, and performed at various festivals. A dedicated and eclectic performer, he has shared the stage with acts such as: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Pat the Bunny, Mad Conductor, Great Blue, Teddy Geiger, and countless others.

Derek started his current band O’K and the Night Crew in 2015 after a long stint of playing solo as well as rapping. Yes, rapping. Once the pandemic put O’KNC on a brief hiatus, O’Kanos turned his focus to his solo work. In 2020, he started Oak Honest Records to release his songs and those of other artists. His first release for the label was a 5-track EP ‘On the Sleeve’ (2021), and his most recent effort was another 5-track EP ‘Spoken Roads’ (2022). In addition to all of this, as off 2022 you can also find him seated at the kit behind punk band Riley Lücifer.

Whether you’re at a music festival in Maine, a dive-bar in Connecticut, or an opera house in New Hampshire, who knows, Derek O’Kanos may getting ready to go on.

Spotify: Spotify.O’Kanos.Music
Twitter: @okanos_music


Derek has performed extensively at venues and festivals across the Northeast

Toad’s Place – New Haven
Lake Compounce – Bristol
Parkville Market – Hartford
Black Eyed Sally’s – Hartford
Webster Theatre – Hartford
Café 9 – New Haven
Strange Brew Pub – Norwich
Oasis Pub – New London
Particle Accelerator Fest – Putnam
La Boca – Middletown
The Half Door – Hartford
Five Churches Brewing – New Britain
The Acoustic – Bridgeport
The Main Pub – Manchester
Stella Blues – New Haven
Pröst – Jewett City
Bar One – Derby
Crown and Hammer – Collinsville
Cherry St. Station – Wallingford
The Space – Hamden
Imerzion Fest – Hamden
The Hungry Tiger – Manchester
Stone Church – Brattleboro
Radio Bean – Burlington
The Matterhorn – Stowe
Tine – Brattleboro
The Underground – Randolph
Gallery Walk – Brattleboro
The Collective – Brattleboro
Gusto’s – Barre
Big Heavy World – Burlington
New American Grill – Londonderry
802 Pizza Co. – Randolph
Metropolis – Brattleboro
Club VT – Putney
The Pizza Stone – Chester
The Pub – Williamstown
Ft. Ginter – Townshend
Middle East – Boston
Greatest Bar – Boston
Jack’s Abbey – Framingham
13th Floor – Florence
The O’s Music Bar – Sunderland
Electric Haze – Worcester
Luthier’s Co-op – Easthampton
Castle Island Beer Company – Norwood
Claddagh Pub – Lawrence
Club Meadows – Longmeadow
Geraldine’s – Chicopee
Maximum Capacity – Chicopee
Figment Fest – North Adams
Roger Williams University – Bristol
The Parlour – Providence
Wheel House – Narragansett
Koto Lounge – Providence
The Stone Church – Newmarket
Liquid Therapy – Nashua
Casey Magee’s – Nashua
Harley Jack’s – Ossipee
Littleton Opera House – Littleton
Thayer’s Inn – Littleton
Definitive Brewing – Portland
Tent City Fest – Exeter
Rockwood Music Hall – NYC
Ithaca Beer Co. – Ithaca
Olive’s – Nyack
Century – Philadelphia
Hop Fidelity – West Chester
The Caves – Edinburgh, Scotland
The Dog House – Edinburgh, Scotland


” …In his bio, the Brattleboro-via-Connecticut musician labels his music “authentic and familiar; reminiscent of the singers and seekers who came before him.” That’s an accurate statement. O’Kanos’ sound is intensely familiar…O’Kanos plays every sound on the five-track EP himself, and does so quite well. That’s always an impressive feat, even more so when the record sounds like a band. O’Kanos manages to impart as much character to his drums as to his guitar solos. And the folk sensibilities in his memorable vocal melodies intersect nicely with his garage-rock foundation…He displays an abundance of talent, as well as the ability to flit between genres with easeIt will be fascinating to see whether he continues his shape-shifting ways going forward.”

– Seven Days 3.24.21

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