Tuesday, September 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Celebrate 10 years with Dan Zanes and Friends

By
March 13, 2011 |

Dan Zanes performs March 20 at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.

Mop-headed music man Dan Zanes and Friends welcome all ages to their concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis.

Zanes soon will mark the 10th anniversary of “Rocket Ship Beach,” his first CD of family music. He began exploring age-desegregated music after the birth of his daughter in 1994 and soon after decided to abandon a pop music career, which had included four albums with Boston’s Del Fuegos, to form Festival Five Records, his independent label, and pursue family music full time.

“Rocket Ship Beach” was an immediate hit with families around America and, 10 years and 10 albums later, the Grammy award-winning artist is known widely as the leading man of the family music genre.

Following his two releases in 2009, “76 Trombones” and “The Fine Friends are Here” concert DVD — both Parents Choice Award winners — Zanes spent this year working on a variety of eclectic projects. In July, he began hosting his own monthly Sirius/XM radio show “Rocket Ship Beach Radio” a self-described mix of music, storytelling and mellow chatter.

Zanes also began the “Family Band Workshop” video series of free music lessons on his website, encouraging his fans to start their own family bands and showing them how it might be done. His website, http://www.danzanes.com, also provides lyrics and chords for most of the tunes on all 10 of his Dan Zanes and Friends CDs.

Last year also included a unique musical collaboration between Zanes and the Pilobolus dance company, titled “Contradance.” Since its debut at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina last summer, the piece has become a regular part of the Pilobolus canon. The soundtrack, written and recorded by Zanes, will be released on Festival Five Records. Festival Five also will release a limited edition re-mastered LP of  “Rocket Ship Beach” in commemoration of its 10-year anniversary.

Zanes has finished construction of a new studio in Brooklyn where he spent this winter with his merry band of friends — Colin Brooks, Sonia De Los Santos, Saskia Sunshine Lane and Elena Moon Park — recording a new CD due out this summer. The band is celebrating the 10-year anniversary with a steady touring schedule throughout the United States as well as return trips to England and Bahrain.

Past overseas touring has included shows in Australia, Canada and Spain. The band regularly performs with local groups, particularly youth orchestras and West African drum and dance ensembles.

Among the several Parents Choice Award-winning, best-selling albums for kids and kid sympathizers are the acclaimed “House Party,” “Night Time!,” “¡Nueva York!” and “Catch That Train!,” which won the 2007 Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children. Music videos for Zanes’ songs have aired on The Noggin Network, “Sesame Street” and The Disney Channel’s “Playhouse Disney.”

Tickets to Sunday’s concert are $20 to $40 general and $10 to $20 for students, available online at http://www.mondaviarts.org or by calling (530) 754-2787.

Check it out

What: Dan Zanes and Friends

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $20-$40 general, $10-$20 students, available at http://www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    UC joins U.N.-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Nature’s beauty is in our own back yard

    By Charlotte Orr | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Jury finds Dixon man guilty of mortgage fraud

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Harmony Award nominations sought

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Baha’is celebrate 50th anniversary in Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Downtown gift cards get a new perk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Unscheduled landing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Free community yard sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Street Food Rodeo rolls into West Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Wolk kicks off ‘Morning with the Mayor’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    So you want to be an entomologist?

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4

     
    Sheriff’s Office honored for safe-driving initiative

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Forum will answer questions about new license law

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Applications open for Biberstein grants

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    .

    Forum

    Brother’s drinking out of control

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    We must not stand for perpetual war

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Don’t cut all the trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    A great Day in the Country

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Donors support school matinees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    A big Explorit thanks!

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Teacher tenure becomes key campaign issue

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Blue Devils bounce back against Pleasant Grove

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Running game powered Devils in first football win

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Davis field hockey team rights ship at Lassen

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Devil golfers soar past Sheldon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggie women reach finals of East/West golf tourney

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2Comments are off for this post | Gallery

     
    U11s get a win in an eventful weekend of youth football

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    A’s support Samardzija in a win over Angels

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Carol L. Walsh

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7