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Dan Zanes' Gusto Hour comes to Auburn on March 22

Dan Zanes, acclaimed by Time Magazine as the leading
Dan Zanes, acclaimed by Time Magazine as the leading 'Star of Kindie Rock,' is at the forefront of the current wave of independent children's music.
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For the Reporter

Children's entertainer and musician Dan Zanes will be performing at Auburn's Performing Art Center at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, part of the Ave Kid Series.

The Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour, a fun and festive performance, is a chance for families and people of all ages to gather and sing at the top of their lungs with the Grammy Award-winning musician.

Songbooks are available to families in advance on the City of Auburn's Ave Kids website and people are invited to bring their own instruments.

Join the pre-party from 2 to 3 p.m. in the lobby to make your own special musical instrument and snacks for purchase (courtesy of Auburn Youth Council).

When rock and roller Dan Zanes (Del Fuegos) got married and became a father, he thought he would be giving up his musical career. Instead, becoming a dad led Zanes to realize that most of the music made for kids seemed calculated to drive parents crazy, and prompted him to start writing, recording, and performing music that parents and their little ones could enjoy together. The result has been both a second career for Zanes and a new musical genre full of happy tunes, eccentric instrumentation, and good times for listeners young and old.

Zanes, acclaimed by Time Magazine as the leading "Star of Kindie Rock," is at the forefront of the current wave of independent children's music. Zanes has toured around the world sharing his handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers.

The Grammy Award winner has released 12 original albums which introduced new songs and reconnected people of all ages to songs that have always been there-although they're often forgotten or hiding under a rock.

Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican Son Jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. 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.

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Come sing and dance

• What: Auburn Ave Kids presents Dan Zanes

• When: 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22

• Where: Auburn Performing Arts Center, 206 E St. NE

• Tickets: $10. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, or order online at

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