Dan Zanes and Festival Five – A Wild Musical Spring!!

Spring greetings to all friends and neighbors!

I’m so proud of the family music that my label, Festival Five Records has made since 2000 and I count being able to release solo CDs from Father Goose, Sonia de los Santos, and Elena Moon Park among the crowning achievements.

There is so much happening with all of us these days and it’s time to change the nature of this newsletter.

So, for those of you wanting some homespun 21st century all-ages music that begins to reflect the world we live in, here we go as the Dan Zanes Newsletter becomes The Festival Five Newsletter!

On the menu:

+ The Dan Zanes and Friends Lead Belly Project at Celebrate Brooklyn June 11th
+ Parents Choice Gold and a new video from Sonia de los Santos

+ Father Goose’s DJ Mix Tapecast on YouTube

+ LADAMA in Brooklyn May 20th

+ Shows and more shows from all of us…

Brooklyn is our home and Celebrate Brooklyn is our most important summer concert series so of course we’re beyond excited to be bringing The Lead Belly Project to The Bandshell on Saturday, June 11th at 4pm.

This is our house party / barn dance / campfire / approach to the children’s music played by The King of the 12-String Guitar.

I consider Lead Belly to be the Godfather of modern children’s music and he’s certainly been my main man since the very beginning.

Thank you Celebrate Brooklyn for giving us the chance to revel in his songs!

Click here for more information.

Sonia de los Santos is on fire!

First a Parents Choice Gold Award for her new CD, Mi Viaje, and now a new video.

If you want to read why the people at Parents Choice feel so strongly about her music click here. 

And if you want to see the essence of soulful homemade family entertainment it’s right here in her video for the song “Chocolate.”

Father Goose has been a DJ for as long as I’ve known him. His skills are a wonder to behold.

If you want some Goose DJ Mix Tapecasts for your dance parties or car trips he’s cranking them out and they’re great.

(I recommend making a cardboard stand-up of Father Goose to prop up near the stereo… a nice option).

Elena Moon Park been helping to organize a group of four musicians from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela & Brooklyn who have united to form a band called LADAMA.

Their mission is to promote women’s empowerment by encouraging creative expression among youth across the Americas.

They’ll be performing two different shows this Friday, May 20th at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The 7pm show includes young dancers from El Puente.

This group is highly recommended. For more information you know what to do: Click here…

We’re wrapping up the Lead Belly record for Smithsonian / Folkways. Chuck D. and Valerie June are among the special guests.

I love it so far and hope you will too…..

Spring turns into summer in the blink of an eye and that means….. Shows!!

Saturday, May 21st at 10:30am and 1:00pm

Dan Zanes and Ashley Phillips

The Song Gusto Hour

The Banff Centre Children’s Festival

Banff, Alberta | Canada


Saturday, May 21st

Sonia de los Santos at 12pm

Elena Moon Park at 1:30

The Ittie Biddies at 3pm

Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing 

New York, NY


Saturday, June 11th at 4pm
Dan Zanes and Friends – The Lead Belly Project
Celebrate Brooklyn 
The Prospect Park Bandshell
Brooklyn, NY


Saturday, June 18th at 2pm
Dan Zanes and Friends – The Lead Belly Project
North Adams, MA

Sunday, June 19 at 11AM
Sonia de los Santos
The Jalopy Theater 
Brooklyn, NY


Thursday, June 30th at 10am
Father Goose
Madison Square Park
New York, NY

Thursday, July 14 at 10:30 AM 
Sonia de los Santos
Madison Square Park
New York, NY

Saturday, July 16th at 11am
Dan Zanes and Friends
Ravinia Festival
Ravinia, IL

Wednesday, July 27, 10:30 AM
Sonia de los Santos –
Summerstage Sunset Park 
Brooklyn, NY

I’m thrilled to be signing off on the first Festival Five Newsletter and I thank you for all of your years of support and enthusiasm.

The best is yet to come, please join us on this musical ride!!

Love Dan