All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

After Dan Zanes and his wife at the time, Paula Greif, had a baby, Anna Zanes, they moved to New York City. Zanes subsequently began playing music with a group of other fathers that he had met in West Village playgrounds who were also there with their kids. These fathers playing music together eventually became The Wonderland String Band, which played at parks and parties and on a tape of songs that Zanes recorded at his home.
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

In 1981, Zanes went to Oberlin College in Ohio, where he was determined to start a really cool band. In the breakfast line on the very first day at Oberlin, he met up with former high school classmate Tom Lloyd. Zanes and Lloyd took their breakfast back to the dorm and immediately started a band and soon left school and headed to Boston (“It was between Boston and Austin,” according to Zanes), where they became known as The Del Fuegos.
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

Through the late afternoon of July 7, 2012, Zanes performed at a free public concert at the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous Maine retailer. Dan Zanes performs at L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine. July 7, 2012 Performing with his band, he entertained children and adults alike with several sets prior to Chris Isaak’s headlining performance and monumental fireworks display later that evening.
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

Zanes was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1961, and spent his childhood in Texas and then in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His father was a teacher, as well as a poet and writer.
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

The tape was a hit locally—i.e. on the playgrounds where he and his daughter played—and Zanes realized that he liked making music that families could enjoy together, as opposed to music that is just for children or just for adults. So, he added a small number of women to his band, renamed it the Rocket Ship Revue, and began making a full-length homemade album, enlisting the help of some people he had met when he was a Del Fuego–Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, and Simon Kirke, the drummer for Bad Company.
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

“here we are, tuned up, dressed up, and ready to roll. lights, camera, voices ready! this dvd should give you an idea of the kind of fun that people can have when they make music together. it may have you imagining that a banjo-ukulele is a very good idea for a girl in over-alls, or anyone else for that matter. i’m sure it will get you thinking that drummers have all the fun (not true) or that your piano lessons are probably going to lead you to the accordion (very possible). perhaps the deep sound of the upright bass will have you so entranced that you dream about it at night (if you’re not dreaming about tubas). maybe you won’t even notice the instruments because you’ll be so interested in the way the we look at each other when we’re belting out a song (you may be thinking who needs instruments anyway when you have a voice? good question). i hope that when the last note of the last tune fades away that you feel like making some music of your own. fill your head with songs and start a family band! gather together with neighbors and sing until long after dark! make your world a musical one! music brings us together so we can all laugh, cry, dance with wild abandon and when it’s over have a good night’s sleep. ” -DZ
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All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

My boys adore DZ & F, this DVD has taken us from singing along and dancing in the car to full on stage productions in our living room. My eldest holds his ukulele and harmonica in mouth whilst walking, playing and singing along to this DVD. His baby brother follows him, all the while dancing. Can’t say enough good things about this DVD and the entire DZ catalog. Get it, listen, dance & sing.

All Around The Kitchen Dan Zanes

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