Mark Derose & The Dreadnought Brigade w/herbie & The Pig Merchants
A powerhouse showcase of the region’s fantastic talent.
March 29, 2014 · 8:00pm
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Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade
Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade is a rootsy, soulful, rock ‘n roll band from Lancaster, PA. The band brings high-energy performances of DeRose’s upbeat, feel good music to stages across the tri-state region, but they’re happy to leave the amps at home and bring the same positive energy to acoustic settings, listening rooms, and house concerts. For fans of Van Morrison, Counting Crows, and The Band.
Patrick Kirchner of The Fly describes this engaging music as “thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and celebration for life – the stuff that makes feel good music feel so good”.
With over a dozen years experience and five albums to his credit, DeRose began 2013 looking for a fresh start. He and four musical buddies rented a house overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna river for a long weekend in January to escape the distractions of everyday life and explore their love and passion for music. With no real agenda and a house full of gear, the group experimented with new ideas, explored older songs, and let the muse lead the way. The result of the retreat was the birth of The Dreadnought Brigade and a new direction for DeRose’s music that calls back to his love for rootsy blue-eyed soul and classic rock of the late 60s and 70s. Three songs from the weekend have been released on a digital EP called The Wonder Sessions, available for download here.
Over the years, DeRose has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists Rusted Root, Gin Blossoms, Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Blues Traveler and Josh Kelley. He’s also had the unique opportunity to perform as part of an NFL halftime show for the Baltimore Ravens. Additionally, he has had the good fortune of having his music featured for use on daytime television.
herbie’s live show is fun, energetic and diverse. Says Fly Magazine, “Within the constraints of an hour and a half set, herbie manages to evoke just about every music style one could possibly imagine. Anywhere from Edgar Winter to ELP, Phish to Rush, Sublime, Steely Dan and beyond, the band takes an encyclopedic trip down the past 30 years of good music.” It is typical for the band to mix original songs and cover tunes with stretched out improvisational passages and impromptu musical interludes. The band is truly in its element on the stage.
The Pig Merchants
Formed in 2011 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Pig Merchants are Brad Fuhrman and Adam Rohrer. Described by some as “The Decemberists… but happy,” and by others as “a less talented Mumford and Sons,” the duo’s folk / pop sound is created through a delightful combination of tight vocal harmonies with a variety of string and percussion instruments. Their songs draw inspiration from love lost, life found and hope for the future, and evoke by turns mirth and melancholy.