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Hello, Friends! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the Internet. My name is Dan Mazer, aka “BanjerDan.” I’m an acoustic musician raised in Washington, DC now living near Santa Cruz, CA. I’m mostly a banjo player, along with a couple of other stringed instruments, and I like to sing songs and tell stories. My deepest musical love is Bluegrass, of course, but I also love other styles ranging from country and folk to jazz and classical music. I have a wide range of extra-musical interests as well, including science, especially evolution and paleontology; as well as art, film, environmentalism, and history.

Live Shows

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

((All shows are BanjerDan solo unless otherwise noted.)

 

3/2/24, 6:00 PM

Trailside Cafe & Beer Garden, 3 Del Fino Pl., Carmel Valley, CA 93924;  831.298.7453, trailsidecafecv.com/, https://facebook.com/TrailsideCarmelValley/

“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.”

 

3/3/24, 9:00 AM

Oakridge Famers’ Market, San Jose, CA

"Formerly known as the Blossom Hill Farmers' Market, Farmers' Market at Westfield Oakridge has served the Blossom Hill neighborhood for 17 years, from 9am –1pm, Year-round. With over 40 growers and food producers at peak season, this community market hosts many local Santa Clara growers’ bountiful harvest. This year several local organic growers joined the farmers' market. The market has public transportation access.”\

Westfield Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose CA 95123-1294; 408.578.2912

http://cafarmersmkts.com/farmers-market-westfield-oakridge/

 

3/7/24, 7:00 PM

I'll be playing banjo for the "Java Jam" at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company on Thursday, March 7th, 2024!

 

The Java Jam is an invitational jam session that takes place at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Both amateur and professional Bluegrass musicians submit their names and respective instruments, and an algorithm puts together a different “band” each week!

 

The lineup for March 7th is:

Guitar: Alex Mayers

Banjo: Dan Mazer (BanjerDan)

Mandolin: Dave McClellan

Fiddle: TBA

Bass: TBA

 

To learn more about the “Java Jam” and other invitational Bluegrass events in the Bay Area, check out: http://jambot.org/

 

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, 101 W. Main St., Los Gatos, CA 95030; (408) 354-3263 • lgcrc.com/

 

3/9/24, 2:30 PM

Pelican Ranch Winery, ATTN: Phil Crews, 2364 Bean Creek Dr., Scotts Valley, CA 95066; 831.332.5359  •  pelicanranch.com/

“Specializing in Burgundian and Rhone style wines from select Coastal vineyards, Pelican Ranch is a family owned. Our winery was established in 1997. We have a loyal following of wine enthusiasts in Santa Cruz, throughout the Monterey Bay Area and in the Silicon Valley.”

 

3/13/24, 6:00 PM

I'm happy to return to the “Hop Jam” at Hop Dogma Brewing Company!

 

The "Hop Jam" is an invitational event arranged by jambot.org, hosted on Wednesday evenings at Hop Dogma Brewing Company in Half Moon Bay, California. Each week the "jambot" uses an algorithm to assemble a different group of professional and semi-professional Bluegrass musicians for a spontaneous, improvised on-stage performance. You never know who will be in the "band," or what songs they'll choose to play!

https://jambot.org/JamBots/HopJam/

 

The lineup for March 13th, 2024 is:

 

Guitar: Aaron Zorndorf

Banjo: Dan Mazer (BanjerDan)

Mandolin: Ed Cirimele

Fiddle: Dave Watson

Bass: Bruce Lacey

 

To learn more about the “Hop Jam” and other invitational Bluegrass events in the Bay Area, check out: http://jambot.org/

 

Hop Dogma Brewing Co., 270 Capistrano Rd. #22, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019; (650) 560-8729 • http://hopdogma.com/

“Hop Dogma has brought craft beer to the Coastside since 2013. Open to pups, kids, food from local vendors and all taste buds, we’re a microbrewery located in the the Harbor Village in Half Moon Bay, California. What we have on tap is frequently changing, but our mantra has always remained the same. We don’t take life too seriously, except for when it comes to the beers we make.”

 

3/14/24, 7:00 PM

I'll be playing mandolin for the "Java Jam" at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company on Thursday, March 14th, 2024!

 

The Java Jam is an invitational jam session that takes place at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Both amateur and professional Bluegrass musicians submit their names and respective instruments, and an algorithm puts together a different “band” each week!

 

The lineup for March 7th is:

Guitar: TBA

Banjo: TBA

Mandolin: Dan Mazer (BanjerDan)

Fiddle: TBA

Bass: TBA

 

To learn more about the “Java Jam” and other invitational Bluegrass events in the Bay Area, check out: http://jambot.org/

 

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, 101 W. Main St., Los Gatos, CA 95030; (408) 354-3263 • lgcrc.com/ 

 

3/15-17/24

Brookdale Bluegrass Festival!

The 2024 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival returns to the historic Brookdale Lodge from March 15th-17th! Headlining the festival is Bluegrass music legend Peter Rowan, and the lineup includes many other fine groups, including Red Dog Ash, The Storytellers, The Court House Ramblers, The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, and Eric Burman’s Brookdale Bluegrass Band.

Of course, I’ll be at the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival as well, as a member of two of the bands. In addition, after the stage shows on Friday and Saturday nights, we’ll retire to the Brookdale Bar, where I’ll be leading “BanjerDan’s DangerJam”. We’ll have some mics set up, and I’ll invite a rotating cast of pickers from the other booked acts to join me for a spontaneous on-stage jam session. We’’ll make up the song list and arrangements on the spot!

Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, so this year Eric Burman has decided to present a full day of mostly-Celtic music! Irish-American lad Peter Rowan will present a workshop at noon, and afterward the music lineup includes Coyote Moon, Ginny Mitchel & Jim Lewin, and The Crooked Road Ceili Band and Friends.

https://brookdalebluegrass.com/

 

The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival is held at the historic Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Highway 9, Brookdale, CA 95007; (831) 609-6010  •  brookdalelodge.com/

--BanjerDan (Dan Mazer)
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