"Wow! Banjos ROCK!"
BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) is a “banjo-centric” acoustic musician and entertainer based in Santa Cruz County, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles.
Dan was raised in the Washington, DC area, and started playing Scruggs-style banjo as a teenager in 1974. He learned his craft during the DC area’s heyday as “the Bluegrass Capital of the World,” and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from George Washington University. He was heavily influenced by Earl Scruggs, Eddie and Martha Adcock, the Country Gentlemen, and in particular the Seldom Scene.
Dan’s primary instrument is the 5-string banjo, but he also plays guitar, mandolin, and dobro.He has performed all over the U.S. and internationally, as a solo artist, in theatrical productions and symphony orchestras, and as a member of several bands, most notably “J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.” He has performed in venues ranging from street corner busking to bar/coffeehouse gigs, children's shows, private parties and corporate events. Some of the more notable venues include Opryland, USA, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.