Menu

BanjerDan

"Wow! Banjos ROCK!"

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

12/13/19, 5:00 PM
Cambria Christmas Market, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428
“Enter a winter wonderland and find yourself immersed in a world of twinkling lights, music and merriment throughout the holiday season. Shop in our vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live music, taste traditional German foods, sip warm glühwein and more at this charming outdoor festival.”
https://cambriachristmasmarket.com/

12/14/19, 10:30 AM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78

12/17/19, 10:30 AM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78

12/24/19, 10:30 AM
Tognazzin's Dockside Too, 1245 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442; 805-772-8120
http://morrobaydockside.com/#!dockside-too/c1u78/

1/6/20, 6:30 PM
Opening for Sara Petite (“Songwriters at Play”)
Steve Key introduced me to Sara Petite at a “Songwriters at Play” showcase, and with one song called “Circus Comes to Town,” she instantly became one of my very favorite singer/songwriters!
http://sarapetite.com
https://facebook.com/sarapetitemusic/
The Savory Palette (formerly Morro Bay Wine Seller), 601 Embarcadero, #5, Morro Bay, CA 93442; (805) 772-8388, http://savorypalette.com
"Songwriters At Play! is a series of showcases hosted by Steve Key, featuring performances by top local talent from California's Central Coast, and touring pro musicians."
http://songwritersatplay.com/
https://facebook.com/songwritersatplay/

1/23/20, 7:00 PM
“BanjerDan’s DangerBand” at The Summit House Beer Garden and Grill, 23123 Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos, CA 95033; summithousebeergarden.com/
“BanjerDan is primarily a solo performer, but when an opportunity arises for a Bluegrass band, he calls upon a long list of talented and knowledgeable friends to present an onstage jam session. He calls the groups "BanjerDan's DangerBand" because the personnel and repertoire change every time! On Thursday, January 23rd, BanjerDan's DangerBand will feature Robert Cornelius of The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers on bass, Jesse Personeni of The Blue J's on guitar, and BanjerDan on banjo. It's sure to be a fun evening of Bluegrass and Classic Country covers, plus a few of BanjerDan's original songs.”
https://facebook.com/events/581812989229946/
https://facebook.com/summithousebeergarden/

1/24/20, 6:30 PM
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 425-4900
“Since 2005, we've made brewing the finest organic beer our business. From our Flagship Ales to our Seasonals, we strive to produce the best organic brew.”
http://scmbrew.com/ * https://facebook.com/scmbrew/

1/26/20, 1:00 PM
Opening for Sara Petite (“Songwriters at Play”)
Steve Key introduced me to Sara Petite at a “Songwriters at Play” showcase, and with one song called “Circus Comes to Town,” she instantly became one of my very favorite singer/songwriters!
http://sarapetite.com
https://facebook.com/sarapetitemusic/
Scullpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446; 888.302.8881
https://sculpterra.com/
https://facebook.com/sculpterrawinery/
"Songwriters At Play! is a series of showcases hosted by Steve Key, featuring performances by top local talent from California's Central Coast, and touring pro musicians."
http://songwritersatplay.com/
https://facebook.com/songwritersatplay/

2/2/20, 1:00 PM
“Songwriters at Play” featured performance!
Thanks to my old friend, Steve Key, for inviting me to be the "Songwriters at Play" featured performer at Sculpterra, on my late mother's 90th birthday. Scullpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden is a stunningly beautiful venue, and it's always a treat to perform for people who are genuinely interested in original music.
Scullpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446; 888.302.8881
https://sculpterra.com/
https://facebook.com/sculpterrawinery/
"Songwriters At Play! is a series of showcases hosted by Steve Key, featuring performances by top local talent from California's Central Coast, and touring pro musicians."
http://songwritersatplay.com/
https://facebook.com/songwritersatplay/

2/13/20, 7:00 PM BanjerDan’s DangerBand at Henfling’s Tavern!
I’m honored that Henfling’s Tavern asked me to put together a band for an evening, and thrilled that three very fine musicians have agreed to be my side pickers: Pete Hicks (The Central Valley Boys) on mandolin and fiddle, Jim Lewin (Great American Taxi) on guitar, and Chad Bowen (AJ Lee & Blue Summit) on bass!

“BanjerDan’s DangerBand” is so named because I never know from gig to gig who the side musicians will be, and it’s mostly unrehearsed. I call upon musicians who I know are solid players and who know a lot of bluegrass/country standards, and I act as host and choose the first and last two songs. Otherwise the show is structured like a bluegrass jam session, where each picker gets to choose a song in turn, so we create the set list and arrangements pretty much on the spot. That’s the “danger,” and the audience gets to watch us try not to crash and burn!

I met Pete Hicks in the year 2000, when the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival was still being held at the Brookdale Lodge. Pete was at after-hours jam session in the attic of the Lodge, along with Frank Solivan II, (Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, formerly with the U.S. Navy’s Country Current) who I’d met earlier in the day. It was an insanely good and fun jam, and Pete told me he happened to have a recording session scheduled the next day. He asked if I’d like to be on it, and since I had a day or so off the road I eagerly accepted. The next morning I accompanied Pete to Jim Lewin’s place. Jim was the engineer, and he blew me away with his guitar playing! The session was eventually released as “Upstairs Jam,” and it remains among my favorite recordings.

Chad Bowen is a new friend I know because he plays in my favorite new band, AJ Lee & Blue Summit! We’ve never picked together before, but I’ve heard him play enough to know he can handle anything I might throw at him.
https://facebook.com/events/660510897732938/