Festival Five Festival Five Records was started in the year 2000 with three ideas in mind: one, we would make music that could be enjoyed by children and grown-ups together; two, we would try to reflect the sounds and stories of our varied and glorious neighborhoods; and three, do our best along the way to inspire people of all ages to make their own music.
Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured the world sharing handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers.
From thrift shop basements to Carnegie hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, the Grammy award winner has been introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—although people may have forgotten about them. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his widely- acclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Read More
Colin Brooks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He asked for and received his first drumset as a Christmas gift at the age of 7. He set about learning how to play by constant practice, jamming with his guitar playing father, and listening to and watching all of the drummers he saw on MTV back when they actually showed videos. He started his first proper band The Numbskulz at the age of 13 and turned professional by performing at all-ages local punk rock shows. He played in “too many different bands to remember” throughout high school in Little Rock, until shortly after graduating, he accepted touring jobs with the groups 2 Minutes Hate and Ho-Hum. After driving around the United States in a beat up vans for the better part of 5 years, he decided to move to Brooklyn in 1998 when a friend told him about an audition for a band called Skeleton Key. Since then, he has performed with many different local acts and singer-songwriters. He met Dan Zanes in 2004 and has been traveling the world drumming ever since.
Sonia de los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and since 2007 has been touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar, mandolin, and jarana, and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. In 2015 she released her first solo family music album titled Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. This unique collection of old and new songs is a personal, and yet universal, musical story from this soulful and important new voice in family music, and the messages of joyful community music making and cultural bridge building will inspire and excite children and grown ups of all backgrounds. To learn more about Sonia and her first solo family album, visit her website: soniadelossantosmusic.com
Elena Moon Park is a musician and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Oak Ridge, TN, she studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University and completed her M.A. in Urban Policy from The New School in New York. Before moving to NYC, Elena served as a development consultant for grassroots social justice organizations on the south and west sides of Chicago. Today, she manages programs for Found Sound Nation, including the OneBeat international music exchange, and actively engages in outreach with youth arts groups across the United States. In 2012 Elena released Rabbit Days and Dumplings, an album for families featuring folk and children’s music from East Asia. Elena still finds the time to play fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, and sing with Dan Zanes and Friends on stages worldwide. rabbitdays.com
Yoshi Yaki Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Yoshi began to play jazz bass at age of 20. Over the next few years, he emerged as a sought-after accompanist, with regular appearances at jazz clubs in Tokyo. In 1996, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, where he was given Outstanding Performer Award. After graduation, he was on the tour for two years with the National Tour Company of the Tony Awarded musical Fosse, . Yoshi currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and plays and tours with various groups in the city. He has appeared in several major New York venues and well known clubs such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, and many more. Yoshi is featured on most of the Dan Zanes and Friends Albums including the Grammy award winning Catch that Train! as well as After Hours (Chihiro Yamanaka) which won the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award for Jazz Album of the Year. yoshiwaki.net
Ashley Phillips Ashley Phillips is a singer/songwriter/guitarist steeped in the tradition of Soul music. She describes her sound as APSoul: acoustic guitar led, soulful and spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. As a vocalist, her pure tone dances between light and lyrical, earnest and compelling. Her often percussive and rhythm-driven guitar playing creates a full sound that adds depth and supports the delicacy of her delivery. apsoul.com
Claudia Eliaza Claudia Eliaza is an exuberant Haitian American songstress with a fragrantly rich voice that captivates her audience at large. Having performed at the world famous Carnegie Hall, Claudia continues to perform in other prestigious venues such as, the Jazz Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg Russia, and the Berklee Performance Center. Claudia has sang and worked with legendary artists including, Barbara Morrison, Nancy King and Keith Lockhart. With outstanding success, Claudia has also toured within the US, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ashdod Israel, Kenya Africa and all throughout Russia. Her passion for music reaches beyond her performance life. Claudia is a Board Certified Music Therapist in the Boston area where she directs the Music Therapy Program at Community Music Center of Boston. She believes that music has the power to break down walls and build bridges while fostering meaningful connections across generations.