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BanjerDan's Newsletter, June 2017

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
(All shows are BanjerDan solo unless otherwise noted)

5/31/17, 4:00 PM
Happy Hour at Cambria Pines Lodge
"Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. Escape to Cambria Pines Lodge and discover peaceful, relaxing accommodations near the most beautiful, entertaining, and historic fascinations on California's Central Coast.”
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; 805-927-4200
http://cambriapineslodge.com/

6/1/17, 6:00 PM
“The BanjerDan Show”
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/3/17, 5:00 PM
Asuncion Ridge Winery Tasting Room, 725 12th St., Paso Robles, CA 93446; (805) 461-0675
asuncionridge.com

6/6/17, 4:00 PM
Happy Hour at Cambria Pines Lodge
"Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. Escape to Cambria Pines Lodge and discover peaceful, relaxing accommodations near the most beautiful, entertaining, and historic fascinations on California's Central Coast.”
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; 805-927-4200
http://cambriapineslodge.com/

6/7/17, 4:00 PM
Happy Hour at Cambria Pines Lodge
"Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. Escape to Cambria Pines Lodge and discover peaceful, relaxing accommodations near the most beautiful, entertaining, and historic fascinations on California's Central Coast.”
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; 805-927-4200
http://cambriapineslodge.com/

6/8/17, 6:00 PM
“The BanjerDan Show”
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/9/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/12/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

6/13/17, 6:30 PM
“Songwriters at Play” tribute to Linda Ronstadt
Morro Bay Wine Seller
601 Embarcadero Ste 5, Morro Bay, California 93442
I'm honored to pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt at this edition of "Songwriters at Play." Ms. Ronstadt sang on a couple of albums by my favorite band, The Seldom Scene, and on Mike Auldridge's "Blues and Bluegrass" album. I had the chance to interview Ms Ronstadt by telephone about 20 years ago, while writing an article for "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine. I found her to be very intelligent and knowledgeable, and it was a thrill to talk to her.
I'll be performing "Bottom Dollar" from that record, as well as "Keep Me From Blowing Away" from the Seldom Scene, and Alan O'Bryant's great song, "Those Memories," from the "Trio" CD.
http://songwritersatplay.com/
http://morrobaywinseller.com/

6/14/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/15/17, 6:00 PM
“The BanjerDan Show” with Special Guest: Ian Fitzgerald!
Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Based in New England, he has toured throughout the United States. Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material, including his newest effort You Won't Even Know I'm Gone. Performer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States."
http://ianfitzgerald.com/about/
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/16/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

6/20/17, 4:00 PM
Happy Hour at Cambria Pines Lodge
"Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. Escape to Cambria Pines Lodge and discover peaceful, relaxing accommodations near the most beautiful, entertaining, and historic fascinations on California's Central Coast.”
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; 805-927-4200
http://cambriapineslodge.com/

6/21/17, 4:00 PM
Happy Hour at Cambria Pines Lodge
"Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. Escape to Cambria Pines Lodge and discover peaceful, relaxing accommodations near the most beautiful, entertaining, and historic fascinations on California's Central Coast.”
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; 805-927-4200
http://cambriapineslodge.com/

6/22/17, 6:00 PM
“The BanjerDan Show” with Special Guest: Max MacLaury!
Max MacLaury is a singer/songwriter currently living in Los Osos after many years of playing his guitar up and down the coast of California. Taking inspiration from the old jazz crooners and folk songwriters, he brings an eclectic style to the Indie Folk scene. With vocal melodies that groove over a folky guitar chugging riff, he will have you reminiscing the old jazz singers and tapping your feet."
https://soundcloud.com/maxmaclaury
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/26/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

6/28/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

6/29/17, 6:00 PM
“The BanjerDan Show” with Special Guest: Foresteater!
Foresteater is the moniker and live band of Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Mikey Pro. Created in 2015 after a dream he had about "a band playing on an island in outer-space surrounded by electric rainbows" Foresteater's debut EP "Nightlife of the Exploding Heads" was released May 6th 2016. It's difficult to place Foresteater's music in one genre but it can be described as "Melodramatic songs with psychedelic harmonies under catchy melodies."
http://Foresteater.com/
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

7/4/16, Noon
“Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival” featuring Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, plus The Honeysuckle Possums!
I’m honored to be the emcee at this worthy event in my new hometown!
“After some years of being dark on the 4th of July radar, Atascadero will now be home to a brand new Independence Day experience — the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival.”
Atascadero Lake Park, Merchant Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422
https://atascaderofourthofjuly.com/

7/12/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

7/18/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

7/25/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

7/26/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

7/31/17, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!”

8/4/13, 10:00 AM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

8/7/13, 3:00 PM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78
“Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too's dining is all outdoors. Although our seafood items are wildly popular, you will find a wide variety of menu items for dining on-site or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It's casual and fun!
"Local musicians provide live music on most days, and as a very special bonus, Dockside Too is dog-friendly: yes, dogs may allow their two-legged family members to accompany them on the patio!"

8/9/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

8/11-13/17
Brookdale Bluegrass Band at The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival
http://scbs.org/events/gof/
San Benito Historical Park, 8300 Airline Hwy, Paicines, CA 95043
http://sbchistoricalsociety.org/historical-park-1.html

8/23/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

8/24 - 94/17
Burning Man

9/13/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

9/27/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

10/1117, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

10/25/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

11/8/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

11/22/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

11/29/17, 5:30 PM
Cambria Christmas Market
I’m honored to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious event! The Christmas Market is held on the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge. Look for me in the Music Barn.
Cambria, CA 93428; (805) 927-6108
http://cambriachristmasmarket.com/

12/13/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/

12/18/17, 5:30 PM
Cambria Christmas Market
I’m honored to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious event! The Christmas Market is held on the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge. Look for me in the Music Barn.
Cambria, CA 93428; (805) 927-6108
http://cambriachristmasmarket.com/

12/19/17, 5:30 PM
Cambria Christmas Market
I’m honored to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious event! The Christmas Market is held on the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge. Look for me in the Music Barn.
Cambria, CA 93428; (805) 927-6108
http://cambriachristmasmarket.com/

12/27/17, 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Jam Session & Buffet
Last Stage West BBQ, 15050 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-461-1393
http;//laststagewest.net/


    QUOTES OF THE MONTH

“War is a racket. It always has been.
"It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. "
https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
 

          BANJERDAN NEWS


“THE BANJERDAN SHOW”

Keep an eye on the Last Stage West’s calendar page (http://laststagewest.net/calendar.html/) for a listing of who my Special Guests will be. You can also “Like” my Facebook page and check the “Events” tab.
http://facebook.com/BanjerDan

Upcoming Guests:

6/15/17: Ian Fitzgerald http://ianfitzgerald.com/about/
6/22/17: Max MacLaury https://soundcloud.com/maxmaclaury
6/29/17: Foresteater
If you’d like to be a Special Guest on The BanjerDan Show, send an e-mail to: dan@banjerdan.net.
 

          BANJERDAN PROMO AND MERCANTILE

BANJERDAN MUSIC ONLINE:

My CD, “Old Stuff,” is available through CD Baby. You can also download individual tracks:
http://cdbaby.com/banjerdan
 
You can download songs from “Old Stuff” on OurTracks:
http://ourtracks.com/artistpage.php?id=278
"OurTracks is determined give music lovers fast and cheap independent music downloads. Our staff is currently out scouring your favorite bars and dancehalls to bring you the artists that you want to hear. At OurTracks, you can download independent music at independent prices. At OurTracks, the listeners and the artists win!"

 
BANJERDAN VIDEO ONLINE

My youtube channel: http://youtube.com/banjerdan
The Last Stage West’s youtube channel also features a lot of my appearances: https://youtube.com/user/LastStageWestBBQ
 
Two BanjerDan performances are permanently archived on the website of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!

Find both Millennium Stage, performances by searching for the dates here:http://kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/archive.html#

October 23, 2006 - D.C. favorite BanjerDan and his Danger Band play styles "from bluegrass and beyond" on banjo, guitar, mandolin, and dobro. (Includes a guest performance by J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.)Featured Artist(s): BanjerDan's DangerBand

July 25, 2007 - The BlackOut Series - a reincarnation of Theater of the Absurd and readjustment of the Japanese Suzuki Method presents "My Way Little Girl," which explores social mores in education, advertising and politics.Mature content; recommended for ages 13 and up.Part of the D.C. Fringe FestivalFeatured Artist(s): The BlackOut Series


BANJERDAN TEACHES!

I'm a patient teacher with 40+ years’ experience. If you live in the Central Coast area and want to learn 5-string banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin or dobro, drop me a line

Here's my rate structure:

At my apartment in Atascadero, CA: $60.00/hr. 1/2 hour lessons and group lessons available. This rate is negotiable, and open to barter.

At the student's place: $75.00/hr. Group lessons available. Neither 1/2 hour lessons nor barter available.


TORO CREEK EVENT CENTER AT LAST STAGE WEST

I am now officially a minor partner in The Last Stage West, where I’ve been hosting my shows and booking music for the last 2 years or so. I’ll continue to book local and traveling entertainers and bands who can play at The Last Stage West for a meal, a DVD, and audience tips, and in addition I’ll be booking ticketed shows for better-known artists, under the name “Toro Creek Event Center.” Look for upcoming shows featuring The Cody Blackbird Band, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, and other events.

The Toro Creek Event Center at The Last Stage West will also be available for private events.
http://torocreekeventcenter.com/

 

      COMMENTARY
(News and opinions not necessarily related to BanjerDan)

HOW OLD TIME MUSIC DIFFERS FROM BLUEGRASS MUSIC

This is a very interesting and informative article, though I have one quibble with the author's premise. I don't know any serious bluegrass musician or historian who thinks that "bluegrass is the lineal descendent of old time music." They know it's a major element of Bill Monroe's style, but only one of many. The general public believes that myth to some degree, and people are often surprised to learn that bluegrass music isn't "as old as the hills.”
http://dwightdiller.com/links/why-bluegrass-and-old-time-are-not-the-same/

SCIENCE IS COOL

"Our work implies that some, and perhaps all, black holes have event horizons and that material really does disappear from the observable universe when pulled into these exotic objects, as we've expected for decades," Narayan said. "General Relativity has passed another critical test.”   https://phys.org/news/2017-05-stars-fall-quietly-black-holes.html/
“The study found that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations in the Levant, and were also closely related to Neolithic populations from the Anatolian Peninsula and Europe. "The genetics of the Abusir el-Meleq community did not undergo any major shifts during the 1,300 year timespan we studied, suggesting that the population remained genetically relatively unaffected by foreign conquest and rule," says Wolfgang Haak, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. The data shows that modern Egyptians share approximately 8% more ancestry on the nuclear level with Sub-Saharan African populations than with ancient Egyptians. "This suggests that an increase in Sub-Saharan African gene flow into Egypt occurred within the last 1,500 years," explains Stephan Schiffels, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. Possible causal factors may have been improved mobility down the Nile River, increased long-distance trade between Sub-Saharan Africa and Egypt, and the trans-Saharan slave trade that began approximately 1,300 years ago.”   https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genome-ancient-egyptian-mummies.html

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