The second Word x Word Festival—an interesting affair celebrating the word, as written spoken and sung—kicked off Sunday night (well, actually at a rooftop party on Saturday) with a triple bill featuring Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Derrick Brown and Mike & Ruthy. Poet Brown entranced with a great set. Last year, the opening show featured The Low Anthem and Taylor Mali.
"The way Brown nimbly brought the audience along for an essentially dark but eventually life-affirming ride was, in its way, joyous. His one-man-show easily filled the space of the theatre, and succeeded consistently. It lived up to festival founder Jim Benson’s introduction: ‘poetry as rock and roll.’"
Above photo of Derrick Brown by Bill Wright