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Dan Zanes and Friends DVD


08/28/2009
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(PR) Grammy Award winners Dan Zanes and Friends' new live concert DVD The Fine Friends Are Here! will be released September 22nd by Festival Five Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment.

This collection of 13 Dan Zanes and Friends favorites includes three new music videos and comes with a bonus audio disc of four, new unreleased solo Zanes songs (including one with his daughter Anna!). The live concert audio will also be available via digital music retailers and danzanes.com. A portion of the proceeds from the DVD will benefit the Mario Batali Foundation, which strives to ensure all children are well read, well fed and well cared for.

The Fine Friends Are Here! is Zanes and Friends' first DVD in over four years. The DVD showcases what the band's trademark rollicking concerts are all about and allows kids and fans alike to participate in the wildly popular and regularly sold out experience. This concert performance of the band's favorite songs was shot on location at The Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn this past winter and features well-known songs from across the Zanes and Friends catalog including "Let's Shake," "Wabash Cannonball," "El Canario" and "Catch That Train!," among others. Two special guests join the band at the show: spoken word artist Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja raps on "The Welcome Table" and is featured in the video for "Pollito Chicken" while break dancer David Alan a.k.a. Cyclone appears on "Jump Up" and "Walking the Dog." The DVD also contains three new music videos for the songs "Wonder Wheel," "Pollito Chicken" and "Night Owl."

Zanes says of The Fine Friends Are Here!, "It was a party! I suppose we could have filmed a concert but they are becoming more like parties anyway so it felt like time to capture the perfect Brooklyn distillation of all that makes it special each time we sing and dance with each other. This is by far the most exciting version of Dan Zanes and Friends that I've been a part of and I'd be kicking myself every day if we didn't film the band at the peak of it's musical powers. We called on the craziest and liveliest families in our New York orbit to come squeeze into the Jalopy Theatre with us for an afternoon of merrymaking.



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