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January 6, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Dan Zanes isn't just a rock star: The Brooklyn-based performer with the raspy voice and the untamed mane of hair, who in an earlier life fronted the band the Del Fuegos, is also the granddaddy of the family-friendly folk music movement. He's released 10 albums targeted to toddlers and slightly older children, earning Grammy Awards and an ardent following. His tiniest fans are unlikely to take in his latest creative endeavor, however. The cross-generational folk singer segues from indie rock to indie cinema with "Wonderful World," an R-rated dark comedy about a failed children's musician played by Matthew Broderick, set for limited release Friday.
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January 6, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Dan Zanes isn't just a rock star: The Brooklyn-based performer with the raspy voice and the untamed mane of hair, who in an earlier life fronted the band the Del Fuegos, is also the granddaddy of the family-friendly folk music movement. He's released 10 albums targeted to toddlers and slightly older children, earning Grammy Awards and an ardent following. His tiniest fans are unlikely to take in his latest creative endeavor, however. The cross-generational folk singer segues from indie rock to indie cinema with "Wonderful World," an R-rated dark comedy about a failed children's musician played by Matthew Broderick, set for limited release Friday.
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May 26, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
Dan Zanes, the former Del Fuegos frontman-turned-children's music superstar, has built up an all-ages fan base with festive and soulful "hand-made" music reminiscent of an old-time family singalong. The Brooklyn-based performer and his band will appear in concert at the Orange County Performing Artscenter in Costa Mesa at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.
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May 26, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
Dan Zanes, the former Del Fuegos frontman-turned-children's music superstar, has built up an all-ages fan base with festive and soulful "hand-made" music reminiscent of an old-time family singalong. The Brooklyn-based performer and his band will appear in concert at the Orange County Performing Artscenter in Costa Mesa at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.
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December 8, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
With his whiskey rasp, whippet-thin frame and wild shock of gravity-defying hair, stone rock 'n' roller Dan Zanes, former frontman for the 1980s alt-rock band the Del Fuegos, would seem an unlikely candidate for Raffi territory.
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April 19, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
DAN ZANES' idea of a good time is hanging out with family and friends old and new, making music, swapping stories or just grooving to the rhythm of the day. That casual approach and an all-inclusive spirit have fueled Zanes' plunge into the growing family music pool. And it's paid off for the former frontman of the alt-rock band Del Fuegos.
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December 5, 2002 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Waylon Jennings and Collin Raye did it. Keb' Mo, Harry Connick Jr. and Dom DeLuise have done it. John Lithgow has made it a part-time occupation. It seems to have become almost obligatory for artists to make at least one kids' album. Dan Zanes, former lead singer of the high-profile, gritty 1980s Del Fuegos rock band, however, crossed over and stayed. "I feel like I found my calling," the raspy-voiced rocker said, "but it found me, really."
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April 12, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
OK, OK, so the faces we used in Record Rack last week to rate albums were stupid. While we launch a study to come up with a better symbol for rating the records, we'll go with the old standby of 1 to 4 checks. Translation: = "Great Balls of Fire" = "Good Vibrations" = "Maybe Baby" = "Running on Empty" "STAND UP." Del Fuegos. Slash.
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June 15, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
Dan Zanes and Friends: Catch That Train! Festival Five Records/ Starbucks Hear Music CD: $15 www.danzanes.com The world would be an infinitely happier place if Dan Zanes were its orchestrator. Zanes, the Del Fuegos' stone rocker who stunningly reinvented himself a few years ago as a family music artist, has soared into the field, offering a gift of music in the homemade, everyone-gather-'round, Woody Guthrie tradition.
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December 12, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Here's a roundup of recent audio releases aimed at children. Dan Zanes and Friends, House Party Festival Five Records. For the family. CD: $15.(800) 448-6369.www.cdbaby.com; www.festivalfive.com.
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April 19, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
DAN ZANES' idea of a good time is hanging out with family and friends old and new, making music, swapping stories or just grooving to the rhythm of the day. That casual approach and an all-inclusive spirit have fueled Zanes' plunge into the growing family music pool. And it's paid off for the former frontman of the alt-rock band Del Fuegos.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
With his whiskey rasp, whippet-thin frame and wild shock of gravity-defying hair, stone rock 'n' roller Dan Zanes, former frontman for the 1980s alt-rock band the Del Fuegos, would seem an unlikely candidate for Raffi territory.
NEWS
December 5, 2002 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Waylon Jennings and Collin Raye did it. Keb' Mo, Harry Connick Jr. and Dom DeLuise have done it. John Lithgow has made it a part-time occupation. It seems to have become almost obligatory for artists to make at least one kids' album. Dan Zanes, former lead singer of the high-profile, gritty 1980s Del Fuegos rock band, however, crossed over and stayed. "I feel like I found my calling," the raspy-voiced rocker said, "but it found me, really."
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January 31, 2008 | YoMama
This Saturday is the big kiddie-rock show of the year. Dan Zanes and Friends only make it out to L.A. about once every 12 months. Many tykes know the drill, but if it's your first time, there are a few things to keep in mind. Arrive early and get your ya-yas off. There's plenty of space for running in front of Royce Hall, the colossal Janss Steps to conquer and a great roll-down hill next to Bruin Walk.
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September 24, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
Dan Zanes, Ralph Covert, Jason Ringenberg -- children's music of late has been infused with the offbeat, pop-folk vibe of many former indie rockers. And then there's Buck Howdy. Raised on a cattle ranch, now wrangling turkeys on his farm in Virginia and songs at his second home in San Diego, this real-life cowboy singer is captivating fans of all ages with his zany humor and campfire singalong style. His first two CDs -- "Skidaddle!" and "Giddyup!"
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