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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.

Derek O’Kanos is a transplant to the Green Mountain State from Connecticut’s Tobacco Valley. His music is authentic and familiar; reminiscent of the singers and seekers who came before him. Themes of love and struggle are blended with sardonic humor as Derek draws influence from: Nick Lowe, John Prine, Ben Harper, Hank Sr, Marcy Playground, and others.

Derek entered the music scene as a teenager, cutting his teeth in Punk and Metal outfits before deciding to start writing solo material. A stint as a rapper while continuing to perform solo and with backing groups allowed him to explore a wide array of influences.

In 2015 he returned to his rock and roll roots with power trio O’K and the Night Crew, where he is currently active. In the uncertainty of 2020, Derek started Oak Honest Records to self release his solo material as well as the works of other artists. His first official release for the label, On the Sleeve, was released on 1.23.21. O’K and the Night Crew are currently working on their second album with producer/rock-star extraordinaire Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) due to be released in full in 2022.


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
Particle Accelerator Fest – Putnam
La Boca – Middletown
Parkville Market – Hartford
Five Churches Brewing – Hartford
The Acoustic – Bridgeport
The Hungry Tiger – Manchester
The Main Pub – Manchester
Stella Blues – New Haven
Pröst Bier and Music Hall – Jewett City
Bar One – Derby
Cherry St. Station – Wallingford
The Space – Hamden
Imerzion Fest – Hamden
The Stone Church – Brattleboro
Radio Bean – Burlington
The Matterhorn – Stowe
The Collective Lounge – Brattleboro
Gusto’s – Barre
Metropolis – Brattleboro
Club VT – Putney
The Pizza Stone – Chester
Ft. Ginter – Townshend
The Pub – Williamstown
Greatest Bar – Boston
13th Floor Music Lounge – 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
Koto Lounge – Providence
The Parlour – Providence
Wheel House – Narragansett
Liquid Therapy – Nashua
Harley Jack’s – Ossipee
Littleton Opera House – Littleton
Thayer’s Inn – Littleton

Definitive Brewing – Portland
Tent City Fest – Exeter
Rockwood Music Hall – NYC
Olive’s – Nyack
Century – Philadelphia
The Caves – Edinburgh, Scotland
The Dog House – Edinburgh, Scotland

Spotify: Spotify.O’Kanos.Music



” …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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