It’s Dance Party Time

October 18, 2011 by Brad McElhinny
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I’m all for human growth and development, except it means sometimes your small people develop opinions that run contrary to your own.

Take my kids for example. They keep rejecting the music I like — The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Run-DMC — in favor of other stuff that is not as good.

And that’s why I am going to miss my time with Dan Zanes.

Dan is very skinny. And his hair has a life of its own.


Dan, I think our time is over. Unless I sneak and play your music and hope no one catches me.

(Which I will.)

That’s because Dan Zanes plays kids music an adult can love. Good lyrics, great guitar hooks, silly fun — all without artificial sweetener. And he’s got great hair that defies gravity.

I first got acquainted with Dan during The Playhouse Disney years. And I thought, “This guy does not irritate me.” And then I thought, “I like this guy.”

And soon I was buying CDs.

And forcing my children to listen.

And, when the children were not around, “accidentally” keeping the CDs playing while I was driving.

This is before Dan invited us to dance.

And then I found myself buying tickets to go see Dan and his friends perform in Columbus, Ohio. I can tell you without reservation or embarrassment or even proper grammar that it was one of the most funnest concerts I’ve ever been to. We entered the auditorium and dutifully sat down where our tickets indicated. Dan played one song and then invited everybody up out of their seats to come dance down front. This was revolutionary and stunning! And so we did it!

We grooved to “Catch That Train,” “Rock Island Line,” “Polly Wolly Doodle” and lots of other great songs.

My kids are getting older now and are embarrassed by stuff they think is for little kids. So I’m sure I can’t talk them into going to a Dan Zanes show any more. And I probably won’t be able to play Dan’s music any more, unless I sneak it.

But there’s hope for you parents of younger kids… Dan has a new CD out. It’s “Little Nut Tree” and it features performances by Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones, Joan Osborne, Shine and the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars.

Furthermore, Dan and his friends are touring within road-trippin’ distance of this area:

Saturday, Nov. 12 (4 p.m.)
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, Nov. 13 (1 p.m.)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Do yourself a favor and go check him out.

And get up and dance!

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3 Responses to “It’s Dance Party Time”

  1. Katy BrownNo Gravatar says:

    Loved Dan Zane! STOP THIS TRAIN!

  2. CarrieNo Gravatar says:

    Dan Zane AND Laurie Berkner….love(d) her too! I will so miss them :(

  3. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    I also liked Berkner.

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