Summer is Family Band Time!

Hello friends and neighbors, swimmers and climbers, workers and players,

This is the real thing….it’s summer!

For many of you that means it’s FAMILY BAND TIME.

You may know this already but just in case you don’t, there are many free music lessons on my website in the section marked videos.

The lessons include guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, spoons, banjo, and singing in Spanish (with Sonia de los Santos).

Basically, anything I know I’m trying to teach you. But Dan, you might say, people will realize that they don’t need you anymore and you’ll be out of a job.

That’s ok. I’m quite certain that the only way to keep the joy of music making is to give it away.

And I want to know that family bands are springing up across the country!

Here’s the link:

It’s hard to tear myself away from the stoop in this warm weather but once I do I’m always thrilled to get out and play.

There are some SHOWS this month that are certain to be quite festive.

East Meredith, NY – Saturday, July 18th at 1pm
West Kortright Center
DZ and Elizabeth Mitchell
And I’ll be leading a song gathering and music making workshop at 10am

Bronx, NY – Saturday, July 25th at 11:30am and 2pm
Bronx Zoo
DZ and Friends
This is our one NY show of the summer

Vienna, VA – Saturday, August 8 at 10:30am
Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods
Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour
I’ll be returning to one of the best outdoor venues in the country

I hope to see you all jamming this month…

And YES, There are July Shows!

facebook_event_1459924727669901AND YES, THERE ARE JULY SHOWS!

It’s hard to tear myself away from the stoop in the summer months but once I do I’m always thrilled to get out and play. There are some great ones this months. Let’s get together and jam:

Huntington, NY – Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30pm
Heckscher Park
The DZ Song Gusto Hour

East Meredith, NY – Saturday, July 18th at 1pm
West Kortright Centre
DZ and Elizabeth Mitchell
and I’ll be leading a song gathering and music making workshop at 10am!

The Bronx Zoo, NY – Saturday, July 25th at 11:30am and 2pm
DZ and Friends
This is our one NY show of the summer!

I hope to see you all jamming this month!!

It's The Summer of SONIA!

By now you all know Sonia de los Santos from Monterrey, Mexico, the singing and guitar, mandolin, and janara playing member of Dan Zanes and Friends .

What you may not know is that she’s just finishing her first Spanish language family CD!
It’ll be out later this year.
In the meantime she’ll be playing shows this summer around New York!
I’ve heard the CD and it’s truly beautiful.
I know these all-ages concerts are going to be musical highlights in the next few months as we all go out with our families to soak up the music that makes the city come alive.

Here are the links for The Summer of Sonia:
July 11 at La Casa Azul Bookstore in New York, NY
July 27 at Haffen Park as part of Summerstage Kids in Bronx, NY. FREE
August 13 at Queensbridge as part of Summerstage Kids in Long Island City, NY. FREE


Marc Maron WTF Podcast

I had such a good time hanging out with him a while back and the conversation is loose in the world as of today.
He’s such a magnetic personality you just want to tell him everything! I don’t know if I went overboard.
You be the judge.
There’s plenty of cursing, maybe it’s not exactly family friendly… but it sure was fun!!
Listen here.

Tune in to catch Dan on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show!

It’s a special day here at Festival Five as Dan has left Brooklyn and made his way over to 30 Rock to visit our friends in the Sunshine Barn at Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show. Tune in this morning to sing along with Dan, host Emily and our good friend Chica!


DZ house party

House Party Winter Session

Over at THE BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC the winter trimester of THE HOUSE PARTY is up and running!

This is a multicultural early childhood music education program for kids ages 1-4 and their grown-ups. It’s based on my music and vision and I couldn’t be happier about the way the whole thing has evolved! We have an inspired group of teachers and musical sidekicks and there’s no doubt that young people leave the lessons with a much stronger musical foundation than when they first came in the door.

There are still some spots available and a last minute discount for families that register in the next few weeks.

Under the amazing leadership of Joy Newton, the new Director of Programs (who also wrote the curriculum for The House Party), The Conservatory is moving towards becoming an institution not just for some but for one and all. I’m grateful that the songs and stories of The House Party are in this musical atmosphere! Find out more here.


Rocket Ship Beach Radio new this weekend on Kids Place Live!

Well this is one dusty looking Facebook page, it’s covered in cobwebs!!
My apologies, friends. I’ve been fixing up a new pad and moving in.
But I stepped away long enough to record a new ROCKET SHIP BEACH RADIO SHOW for SIRIUS/XM!
It’s on The Kids Place Live channel, of course. Channel 78.

Here’s the schedule:
Friday 1/16 10pm EST
Saturday 1/17 9am and 5pm EST
Sunday 1/18 12noon EST

I tried something new this time. The whole show is a narrative with songs called “The Fine Friends visit the Ice Island” I remembered a story I used to tell my daughter and used it as a starting point for this new years Rocket Ship Beach Radio experience.
Let me know if you like it.  My daughter is 20 now so my storytelling skills are almost as dusty as this Facebook page!

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Dan Zanes General Store 20% OFF Sale!

This just in from Festival Five headquarters! The Dan Zanes General Store is celebrating the kick off of the holiday season with SITE WIDE 20% OFF SALE! Everything in the the shop is on sale- CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, T-shirts- you name it. Enter the code “happy holidays” during check out. Now through Monday 12/8 at

Never a better time to add to your own DZ collection or to give to those you care about with the wonderful gift of music. Happy shopping!


DZ house party

Dan Zanes House Party Classes- Fall semester!

The second semester of The Dan Zanes House Party – Songs and Stories from America’s Neighborhoods has begun! The class is an early childhood music program at the Brooklyn Conservatory based on Dan Zanes’ songs and personal vision for communal music making. Things are already off to such a beautiful start this season!!

There are still openings for children ages 1-4 and their grown-ups during weekday mornings Monday through Saturday. Here’s the link for more information. Join the party!

The Best Of Dan Zanes

The Best of Dan Zanes is here!


GET LOOSE AND GET TOGETHER!: THE BEST OF DAN ZANES is out for public consumption!

YES! It’s greatest hits time and it’s a chance to say thank you.  Thank you for 15 years of musical meanderings, wanderings, and community gatherings.

You can purchase “Get Loose and Get Together!: The Best of Dan Zanes” at iTunes, Google Play and