A NOTE FROM BTBB CREATOR, DEREK LEE MCPHATTER: REMEMBERING ANDRE ALEXANDER LANCASTER / by Melvin Browne

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I have to share that we lost artist-activist Andre Alexander Lancaster this autumn. He believed in Bring the Beat Back before there was a single word on a page and nurtured its early development via a residency with Freedom Train Productions.

Losing Andre hit us hard. I’m grieving and don’t expect I’ll be over it anytime soon, but this somber time also gave cause to reaffirm my commitment to bringing this show to life.  And I’m thrilled to announce that Bring the Beat Back will be in Philadelphia as part of the University of the Arts Polyphone Music Festival, with presentations on Feb 26, 28 and March 2. The official announcement will be going out after New Year’s so stay tuned!

And that’s just one of several opportunities-in-progress for this passion project of mine.  Can’t wait to share more.

- Derek