Brooklyn Music School Presents Lead Belly, Brooklyn!

    November 17, 2017 all-day
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    126 St Felix St
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Brooklyn Music School


    Lead Belly, Brooklyn!

    An All-Ages Sensory Friendly Event

    featuring Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, Pauline Jean and BMS students

    Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Dan Zanes Trio

    Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents Lead Belly, Brooklyn!, an All-Ages Sensory-Friendly Event featuring Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, Pauline Jean and students from BMS on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7pm. BMS is located at 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. Tickets are $5-15 and are available at

    Join us for a Community Celebration of Lead Belly’s Legacy at Brooklyn Music School. This unique event will feature Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, and Pauline Jean performing a selection of Lead Belly’s music with the students of the Brooklyn Music School.

    “Lead Belly’s music made me want to play as a 7-year-old, and I’ve been doing that ever since,” said Zanes. “Lead Belly was the reason I started making music, and Lead Belly was the template for everything I’ve done in family music. I consider him to be the father of modern family music.”

    At the end of the event, audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in a music video with Dan Zanes for the song “Rock Island Line” from his most recent album: “Lead Belly, Baby!,” produced with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and the event will also be filmed for a future documentary on the legacy of Lead Belly.

    Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, folk music, the spirit of early rock ‘n’ roll, and soulful originals collide. For over 15 years he has performed everywhere from thrift shop basements to Carnegie Hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, meanwhile releasing over a dozen children’s albums and several DVDs reconnecting people to forgotten songs. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by TIME magazine, his widely acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family, and Sprout. Zanes recently finished ” Lead Belly, Baby!,” an album released on the Smithsonian/Folkways label celebrating the children’s music of his main inspiration, Lead Belly (1889-1949), known as the King of the 12-String Guitar. Routinely performing with a large roster of friends, Zanes will be joined by Haitian-American jazz vocalists Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean, and other special guests.

    The show will be sensory friendly. Zanes and his fiancée, Claudia Eliaza, are pioneers in the sensory-friendly performance movement. The Kennedy Center recently commissioned the two to create the first sensory-friendly folk opera, Night Train 57. “For me, the folk experience is about inclusion and participation — welcoming people in,” Zanes said. “The spirit of Lead Belly’s music that affected me as a 7-year-old drives me to want to create and present in a sensory-friendly atmosphere today.”


    Dan Zanes discovered Lead Belly’s music on the day he got his first library card. On “Lead Belly, Baby!”, the GRAMMY-winning family music performer presents a fresh vision of Lead Belly’s music for a new generation with a little help from his friends. Along with guests including Chuck D., Billy Bragg, Aloe Blacc, and Valerie June, Zanes brings the music of this American icon back full circle to its original home on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

    For more information about the album, visit

    The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives. As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:

    * Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students,

    * Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community,

    * Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn’s musical talent, and

    * Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.

    For more information, visit