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Lead Belly, Brooklyn!

Time: November 17, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: 26 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, 11217
Website or Map: https://lead-belly-dan-zanes.…
Event Discipline: music
Organized By: Michelle Tabnick Communications
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2017

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Event Description

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents Lead Belly, Brooklyn!, an All-Ages Sensory-Friendly Event featuring Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, Pauline Jean and students from BMS on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7pm. BMS is located at 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. Tickets are $5-15 and are available at


Join us for a Community Celebration of Lead Belly's Legacy at Brooklyn Music School. This unique event will feature Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, and Pauline Jean performing a selection of Lead Belly's music with the students of the Brooklyn Music School. 


"Lead Belly's music made me want to play as a 7-year-old, and I've been doing that ever since," said Zanes. "Lead Belly was the reason I started making music, and Lead Belly was the template for everything I've done in family music. I consider him to be the father of modern family music."


At the end of the event, audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in a music video with Dan Zanes for the song "Rock Island Line" from his most recent album: "Lead Belly, Baby!," produced with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and the event will also be filmed for a future documentary on the legacy of Lead Belly.


Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, folk music, the spirit of early rock 'n' roll, and soulful originals collide. For over 15 years he has performed everywhere from thrift shop basements to Carnegie Hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, meanwhile releasing over a dozen children's albums and several DVDs reconnecting people to forgotten songs. Referred to as "the family-music genre's most outspoken and eloquent advocate" by TIME magazine, his widely acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family, and Sprout. Zanes recently finished " Lead Belly, Baby!," an album released on the Smithsonian/Folkways label celebrating the children's music of his main inspiration, Lead Belly (1889-1949), known as the King of the 12-String Guitar. Routinely performing with a large roster of friends, Zanes will be joined by Haitian-American jazz vocalists Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean, and other special guests.


The show will be sensory friendly. Zanes and his fiancée, Claudia Eliaza, are pioneers in the sensory-friendly performance movement. The Kennedy Center recently commissioned the two to create the first sensory-friendly folk opera, Night Train 57. "For me, the folk experience is about inclusion and participation -- welcoming people in," Zanes said. "The spirit of Lead Belly's music that affected me as a 7-year-old drives me to want to create and present in a sensory-friendly atmosphere today."

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