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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


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


2/25/24, 11:00 AM

San Gregorio General Store, 7615 Stage Rd., San Gregorio, CA 94074; (650) 726-0565  •

“Classic country store—cast iron, books, home goods, picnic fare & full bar. Live music Friday-Sunday.”


2/28/24, 6:00 PM

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at Sam’s Bar-B-Que, with BanjerDan on mandolin!

Sam’s Bar-B-Que, 1110 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128; (408) 297-9151  •

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers are Robert and Suzanne Cornelius on banjo and bass, with guitarist Alex Mayers along with a rotating cast of hot pickers on mandolin and fiddle. Throughout it all they feature fun and spontaneous performances of high energy bluegrass and beyond. Requests, audience participation, dancing, joy, laughter, and even tears. Y'all come!”

“The Carlino Family has been providing Food service to the Santa Clara Valley for over 75 years. Sam's Bar-B-Que is proud to continue the tradition.”

Sam’s Bar-B-Que, 1110 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128; (408) 297-9151  •


2/29/24, 7:00 PM

I'll be playing banjo for the "Java Jam" at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company on Thursday, February 29th, 2024!

“Java Jam” at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company.

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 February 29th is:

Guitar: TBA

Banjo: Dan Mazer (BanjerDan)

Mandolin: Danny Clark

Fiddle: TBA

Bass: Ryan Triolo

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


3/2/24, 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.”


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


3/9/24, 2:30 PM

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

“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, 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!


The lineup for January 24, 2024 is:


Guitar: Aaron Zorndorf

Banjo: Dan Mazer (BanjerDan)

Mandolin: Ed Cirimele

Fiddle: Dave Watson

Bass: Bruce Lacey


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

“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.”

--BanjerDan (Dan Mazer)

"Wow! Banjos ROCK!"

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