Music Picks for Your Family Band

dan zanes's family music picks!

Kiddie rocker/dad Dan Zanes will be on your playlist all summer long.

So we asked him to tell us who he turns to for his music inspiration.

Lead Belly Sings for Children, by Lead Belly
If he could keep only one CD from his collection, this would be it.

I Got Shoes, by Sweet Honey in the Rock
One of his daughter’s faves. Don’t miss “Deep Blue Sea.”

American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children, by Pete Seeger
You could spend the next twenty years learning songs from Seeger’s albums and you wouldn’t even scratch the surface.

Shakin’ a Tailfeather, by various artists
A family dance party, full of the hopped-up spirit of 1950s rock and roll and R&B.

ALERTA Sings and Songs for the Playground/Canciones Para El Recreo, by Suni Paz
Paz is a legend and a tremendous example of building bilingual musical bridges.

Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child, by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie sends a positive message to everyone: be as weird as you want, the people can take it.

The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey Volume 12 and Volume 13, by Alan Lomax & Georgia Sea Island Singers
“Pay Me” has a magical, universal appeal.

You Are My Sunshine, by Elizabeth Mitchell
The joy of communal music-making captured.

Animal Folk Songs for Children and Other People, by Mike, Peggy, Barbara, and Penny Seeger with their Children
Simply put: The musicianship is inspiring.

Catch Dan Zanes and Friends on July 4, 3 p.m., at Battery Park, State Street, at Battery Place. For more information, go to rivertorivernyc.com. Admission is free.

this week in new york!
Jon Samson & CoCreative Music
Children of all ages will love interactive music-making and a loud sing-along.
Why: Build your child’s self-esteem through creative sound.
When: Fri., 10 a.m. Rain date, June 25.
Where: Cooper Park, Maspeth Ave., at Morgan Ave. Admission is free.

Eloise Parties at The Plaza
Choose a Lights, Camera, Action or Fancy-Schmancy package for your rawther special child.
Why: Invitations, goodie bags, food, and arts and crafts fun included.
When: Happy birthday to her.
Where: The Plaza Hotel, 1 W. 58th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves. Reservations at 212-546-5460. Packages for eight children range $500-$750; maximum eighteen children.

National Dance Institute’s The Storyteller
What: Two hundred students spin a story about the interconnectedness of all people, from ancient China and Greece to modern-day NYC.
Why: This high-energy performance is led by storyteller Isaiah Sheffer.
When: Sat., 3 & 6 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; Mon., 6:30 p.m.
Where: LaGuardia Arts Concert Hall, 100 Amsterdam Ave., at W. 65th St. Info at 212-352-3101. Tickets ($12) online at ovationtix.com and ($15) at the door.

Photo: Gala Narezo / Courtesy of Dan Zanes

Cooper Park
Maspeth Ave
@ Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Battery Park
State St
@ Battery Pl
New York, NY
La Guardia Arts
100 Amsterdam Ave
@ W 65th St
New York, NY 10023
The Plaza Hotel
1 W 58th St
bt 5th & 6th Aves
New York, NY 10019