GM4K Presents | Dan Zanes’ Lead Belly, Baby!

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse

11:00 AM

Join us for first Gretna Music 4 Kids event! GM4K is our brand new family-friendly series devoted to bringing outstanding entertainment and cultural experiences to music fans of all ages.

Saturday, July 7 11:00 am

Dan Zanes, Grammy-winning children’s entertainer, will be joined by Claudia Eliaza to present a sensory friendly one hour concert that explores the music of  famous  American folk and blues musician Lead Belly.  Bonus Fun! Come early to hear Music for Everyone’s Ukelele Uprising strumming through the streets of Gretna before the show and stay afterwards to make your own instrument! An awesome event for the entire family!

Tickets: $1 for 18 and Under; $5 for Adult who brings a Youth  and $10 for everyone else.  Open seating.

Best enjoyed by age 3 and up. This is a sensor friendly concert.

Special thanks to the Mt. Gretna Arts Council for their support of the inaugural season of Gretna Music 4 Kids.

The Program

Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza perform Dan’s most loved songs as well as the children’s music of folk icon Lead Belly which is featured on Dan’s latest CD, Lead Belly, Baby! The shows are highly interactive. The audience is always invited to sing and dance along in what might be called a casual, and subversively educational, party atmosphere. The music, based in a variety of folk traditions, is homespun, sophisticated, and artful. These shows have broad appeal and the duo is adept (and well loved) in school settings. Claudia’s background as a board-certified Music Therapist has given the duo additional ways to find meaningful connections and grow a wider audience.

Best enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Performances usually include many of the following songs:

The Rock Island Line
Jump Up
Red Bird
All Around The Kitchen
Ha-Ha This Away
Catch That Train
Take This Hammer
Wonder Wheel
Julie Ann Johnson
El Canario
So Glad I’m Here
Coney Island Avenue
More Yet
Skip To My Lou
Relax Your Mind
Boll Weevil
La Siren

The Composer

Famed musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana in the late 1880s. Imprisoned in Texas in 1918, he won his early release from a prison in 1925 by singing a song for the governor. He was then discovered by folklorists John Lomax and Alan Lomax, who were collecting songs for the Library of Congress. Subsequently, he published 48 songs.

The Artists

Dan Zanes – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion

Claudia Eliaza – vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar

Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music – where sea shanties, English Music hall, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-n-roll, soul, North American and West Indian folk music collide. For the past 15 years, he has toured the world with his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, sharing handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. From thrift shop basements to Carnegie hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain, Zanes has been introducing new songs and reconnecting people to the forgotten music of the past. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his critically-acclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Over the course of 14 albums, 2 DVDs, 2 picture books, and dozens of videos, he has collaborated with Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Angelique Kidjo, Natalie Merchant, Carol Channing, Sharon Jones, Bob Weir, Debbie Harry, Rosanne Cash, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and many more.

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Venue Details

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse 200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508