2009-09-04 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Dan Zanes And Friends Comes To Westbury 10/4

Dan Zanes and Friends will be performing at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on October 4. Dan Zanes and Friends will be performing at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on October 4. Live Nation proudly presents the 2007 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Album for Children, DAN ZANES & FRIENDS, at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury for one afternoon only on Sunday, October 4 at 3 p.m.

The former lead singer for the Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes launched his career as a "family" music performer in 2000 when he released Rock Ship Beach. Since then he has released several CDs and DVDs including the Grammy award winning, Catch That Train.

Here are two things you should know right off about Dan Zanes, two things that set him apart from the huge and festive field of people who have in the past few years begun making music for families and people of all ages in a way that is, frankly, changing the face of America, or the sound of it, at least.

First, he is making homemade family music and encouraging similar behaviors in friends and neighbors. Second, he is the guy who is always interested in singing along with people, people everywhere. Which brings us to his mission, if you can call it a mission: Zanes is introducing his musical friends to his neighborhood friends and then showing everybody not just that they, yes, can play together, but that they can also feel pretty good while doing so.

In this sense, Zanes is a 21st century version of the guy who, in the old days, used to conduct the town band from the gazebo; though in lieu of a gazebo he's playing places like Carnegie Hall and the Melbourne International Arts Festi-val, where no matter how you say it, good music is good.

He is a ringmaster, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are — it's just that people forgot about them.

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