Newlyweds Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza perform Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from their popular new songbook entitled Dan Zanes’ House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury. Concerts also include selections from their Kennedy Center commissioned folk opera, Night Train 57, which premiered in 2017.

During these highly interactive shows, the audience is invited to dance and sing along in what might be called a casual – and subversively educational – party atmosphere. The music is homespun, joyful, sophisticated, and artful. These performances appeal to audiences of all ages and the duo is well loved in school settings.

Claudia is also a board certified Music Therapist. Her background in this field has given the pair additional ways to find meaningful community connections and reach a more diverse audience.

For the past two years, Claudia and Dan have been advocating for increased accessibility in performing arts spaces through sensory friendly presentations. Also known as “relaxed” or “come as you are,” these performances create conditions that are comfortable for audience members with a wide range of needs.

Dan Zanes – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, jawharp

Claudia Eliaza – vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar sometimes

Performances usually include many of the following songs:


Coney Island Avenue

So Glad I’m Here

Wonder Wheel

Jump Up

Going Up!

Sail Away Ladies

Jaw Harp/Old Joe Clark

La Siren

Night Train 57

Smile Smile Smile

Catch That Train

Rock Island Line

All Around the Kitchen

While the Music is Playing



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