Dan Zanes knows how to rock the house–literally. Redefining the kid’s music scene with the launch of his first CD, Rocket Ship Beach, he broke the boundaries between songs for kids and songs for adults–making “dance-party” music for all of us. And as he leads this musical parade, he shows our children how to share, make new friends, and try new things. He invites musicians from different bands and from a variety of musical genres to share in the music making — creating new music we all want to sing and dance to. With each new Dans Zanes’ CD, we welcome him and his talented musician friends into our home (and car).
Now Dan’s rockin parade continues to push the envelope–opening gates and doors to even more of our neighbors. With his newest CD, Â¡Nueva York!, he gives us a reason to party and proves, as always, that everyone is invited. Celebrating musical and cultural bridges between us all, the album features Lila Downs, Marc Ribot, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Mexican trio the Villa-Lobos Brothers, spoken word poet Caridad De La Luz (aka La Bruja), Afro-Colombian roots ensemble La Cumbiamba EneyÃ©, renowned Argentine guitarist Quique Sinesi, frequent Zanes collaborator the RubÃ Theater Company, Sonia De Los Santos from Monterrey, Mexico, and many more.
The songs on Â¡Nueva York!, all sung in Spanish, are drawn from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, and elsewhere and they showcase son jarocho, cumbia, aguinaldo, bailecito, nueva canciÃ³n and merengue styles, among others.
Zanes and friends are currently on tour this summer and fall, performing a series of shows at theaters and performing arts centers across the country. Check the Dan Zanes website for the complete schedule.
Locally in Rhode Island:
Thanks to FirstWorks, Dan Zanes and friends will be performing at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Saturday, October 11, 2008. If you saw Zanes play at the FirstWorksKids Festival last June, you remember what a groovy time it was. For those of you who missed him, hope you get to catch him this time around.
Providence Performing Arts Center – 220 Weybosset St, Providence, RI
Showtime: 2 p.m.
Box office: (401) 421-2787
Ticket prices: $15, $23, $30