He’s the man! Dan Zanes plays Celebrate Brooklyn on July 16

“I’m grateful for my family and friends. I know that many of us will singing together this Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that within a mile of my house there are families with roots in China, Senegal, India, Colombia, Ireland, Trinidad, Israel, Yemen, Mexico, and even New Hampshire. I’m grateful that I live in a city that has a park with a drummer’s grove. I’m grateful that almost everywhere in the world when people gather to sing and dance there is food. I’m grateful for all of life’s musical possibilities in the coming year — and sweet potato pie.”
Dan Zanes, musician
Photo by Mindy Tucker

This one’s for the kids.

Celebrate Brooklyn all about the family this month, when Dan Zanes comes to the Prospect Park band shell on July 16.

It’s all part of the festival’s annual Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert, which celebrates the legacy of the trailblazing children’s author with readings and music.

Zanes is a trailblazer of another sort. The wild haired, Fort Greene-based rocker sits comfortably atop the kiddie music thrown, which he’s dominated since releasing “Rocket Ship Beach” more than 10 years ago, introducing children and adults alike to his laid-back, rock and roll groove that urges kids to “jump up” “let’s shake” as he plucks a banjo, guitar or mandolin while sporting one of his cheery, colorful suits.

Here, Zanes and crew will team up with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra and dancers from Bed Stuy Veterans for a full-fledged party that will sure to get you jumping up and shaking your hips.

Dan Zanes at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park band shell [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683-5600], July 16 at 4 pm. Free. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.

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