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New Year's/January Shows

Friday, December 24, 2021


(All shows are BanjerDan solo unless otherwise noted)


1/31/21, 7:00 PM

First Night Monterey, on mandolin with The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

“The Wildcats play high energy bluegrass and Americana music. They are described as "the most entertaining band around" by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and band members include the association's Fiddle Player as well as Bass Player of the Year. Highly talented, unpredictable and spontaneous, Wildcat shows can include twin fiddling, buck dancing, animal sounds, audience participation and more. The one thing you can be sure of is that they are going to have a good time, and you will too!”

Site 23: Steinbeck 1, Conference Center

Times: 6:30—7:00 | 7:15—7:45 | 8:00—8:30


1/1/22, 6:00 PM

Trailside Cafe & Beer Garden, 3 Del Fino Pl., Carmel Valley, CA 93924; 831.298.7453

“Located in sunny Carmel Valley, CA. Whatever trail you might be on (or just came off of) we have what you need to refuel or relax.”


1/8/22, 7:00 PM

Box Seat Sports Grill, Suite F, 15650 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, CA  95037; (408) 778-7102,

“The Box Seat Sports Grill is a family friendly grill and pub located in beautiful Morgan Hill, California.”


2/11/22, 5:30 PM

Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, 20 Victor Sq., Scotts Valley, CA 95066; (831) 454-8429  •

Steel Bonnet Brewing Company: ”California Brewed with Scottish Attitude”


1/14/21, 7:00 PM

Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117; (415) 241-0202  •,

“Madrone Art Bar is more than a bar: it is a constantly changing site-specific installation art environment where two and three-dimensional works, multi-media, and performance are combined to form an aesthetic constellation that affects attendees’ perceptions from the moment they enter the place.

“At Madrone the goal is to create a new aesthetic social forum that is immediate and direct, one that links the souls and minds of the performers, spectators, and staff in artistic ritual events that are uplifting and enlightening.

“Madrone features exhibits of emerging and established artists, and presents works of all kinds, including painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, video, film, design, fashion, spoken word, music and dance. Almost everything at Madrone is created by artists, from the eclectic design of the space, and the works on display, to the production of each night’s events.

“Madrone’s nightly festivities and interior space are structured and orchestrated to blur boundaries between the architecture, everyday commodities, art objects, sound, video, performance, and social life. It should be thought of as an aesthetic environment that takes into account and caters to the customers’ entire sensory experience. The range of media used in the space are organized to artistically engage and address the totality of visitors’ senses in an effort to dissolve distinctions between art and everyday life.“


1/22/22, 9:00 AM

Morgan Hill Famers’ Market, E. 3rd Street & Market Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) brings his banjo to the Morgan Hill Farmers' Market on Saturday, January 30th at 9:00 PM. for a fun-filled day of"Music for Children and Other Young People!"

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Genre: Folk
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Playing Since: 1974
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Male
Age: 63

My Instruments:
Deering GDL with a customized neck. Taylor 714 guitar. Flatiron Artist A mandolin. Paul Beard MA-6 dobro.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
So many! In bluegrass, Flatt & Scruggs, Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Eddie & Martha Adcock, and Lost & Found were my earliest influences. Later, I particularly liked the Johnson Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, New Grass Revival, Hot Rize, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Through bluegrass I got into the Grateful Dead and jam music. My favorites along those lines Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, and Ekoostik Hookah. I rediscovered The Beatles in college, and their music is deeply ingrained.

I studied music theory in college, and was immersed in classical music for a while. I guess my tastes are pretty mundane, because my favorite composers are Bach and Beethoven! However, I also REALLY love stuff from Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Copeland. Speaking of classical music, can't forget Frank Zappa and Edgard Varese!

There's not enough room to go into detail about other musicians who have affected me deeply, but they include the great and mighty Early Scruggs, Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Alison Krauss, Danny Gatton, Tim O'Bien, Peter Rowan, Mike Auldridge, Bill Monroe, Jerry Douglas, and Ricky Skaggs.

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Born in Summit, NJ, October 1959. 1962: My family moved to Washington DC. (The Country Gentlemen were playing every Tuesday right down the hill from my house, and I didn't know it!) Dec. 1973: My brother got a banjo for his birthday. Spring/Summer 1974: I became interested in the banjo, and eventually took it over from my brother, who switched to guitar. 1975-1985: After a few months of banjo lessons at Charlie Byrd's Music House in Bethesda, MD, I immersed myself in the DC bluegrass world, and went to every pickin' party I could find. After discovering the Seldom Scene, I spent virtually every Thursday night at The Red Fox Inn, also in Bethesda, MD. During this time I finished high school and college, played my first bluegrass bar gigs with "No Strings Attached" (Bob Hummer, Dave Whitaker, Don Walters, Steve George, Dave Bernhardt) and spent a few months as a busker in Europe. 1985-1988: Member of "D.J. & The C.B. Pickers," Fairfield, PA. Other members were Lee Jones, mandolin, Donna Jones, bass, and Joe Longwell, guitar. 1988-1991: Member of "Rockcreek," Silver Spring, MD. Other members were Moondi Klein, guitar, Ira Gitlin, bass, Jamie Daly, mandolin, and Darren Beachley, dobro. 1992=1995: Lived in Nashville. Worked at Opryland, USA, and in several theatrical productions (including some road work). Also played occasionally at The Station Inn with a pickup band called "The Guys in the Suits and Ties." Other members were: Randy Howard, fiddle, Ronnie McCoury and Wayne Benson, mandolin, Rich Arnold, dobro, Johnny Berry, Greg Garing and Keith Little, guitar, and Missy Raines, Roy Huskey, Jr., Ernie Sykes, and Brian Zonn, bass. 1995-2000: Lived in San Diego, performing with a theatrical folk music/comedy act called "The Jackstraws." We were "The Pirate Landing Party" at SeaWorld of California, "The Safari Bush Band" at the San Diego Zoo, and other themes as needed. November 2000: Relocated to my roots in the Washington, DC area. 2001-present: Performing solo as "BanjerDan," and as a sideman in other acts as needed. After 10 years with the outlaw acoustic honky-tonk band, "J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters" decided to re-relocate to California, and focus on my solo work. Now I live in Atascadero, California, close to the beautiful Central Coast!

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