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Nyack, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | INDIE

Nyack, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2001
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"Birthday Party Mom"

Thanks so much for your performance yesterday. I realize it was a tough space to work with - you managed it brilliantly. The kids loved it, and all the parents were really impressed. (We're fairly new to NYC and now know why most people in the city don't host parties in their apartments…)
Best
Skye -


"LA Times"

Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Not to be confused with the treasurable Rounder release “Daddy-O Daddy (Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie)”, but highly entertaining in its own right, this new pop-style CD features bright tunes and comic, clever lyrics from a playful dad’s point of view, courtesy of songwriter-guitarist Danna Banana (Dan Cohen). It’s subtitled “music for kids that parents can stand” and that’s generally true...cheerfully frenetic, kid-tickling tracks... - By Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer


"NEW YORK MAGAZINE-Best of NY"

He’s more than a giant toddler on a teeny pink bike. Danna Banana (aka Dan Cohen), befuddled but loving dad-for-hire, has earned A-list status on the silly circuit. He sings and plays guitar, he’s a classically trained operatic baritone, and he has an interactive, playful style that makes kids—and grown-ups—honk with laughter. Banana garnered the grand prize in the acclaimed John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “What Would You Do?,” featured on his fabulous first CD, Bananappeal, and Daddy-O! is equally contagious. But it’s Danna Banana’s groovy live gigs—like a Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s elbow-room-only benefit that drew the broods of Julianne Moore, John Leguizamo, and Tony Award winner B. D. Wong—that make kids the stars. Sans stage fright. - Editors' Pick-Mar 2005


"LA Times"

Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Not to be confused with the treasurable Rounder release “Daddy-O Daddy (Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie)”, but highly entertaining in its own right, this new pop-style CD features bright tunes and comic, clever lyrics from a playful dad’s point of view, courtesy of songwriter-guitarist Danna Banana (Dan Cohen). It’s subtitled “music for kids that parents can stand” and that’s generally true...cheerfully frenetic, kid-tickling tracks... - By Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer


"Parenting Magazine"

The joys of fatherhood are at the heart of Dan Cohen's collection. You'll like the lyrics about feeling like a jungle gym, and kids will love the goofy songs about doohickeys, meatballs, and more. - Pick of the Month May, 2004


"Parenting Magazine"

The joys of fatherhood are at the heart of Dan Cohen's collection. You'll like the lyrics about feeling like a jungle gym, and kids will love the goofy songs about doohickeys, meatballs, and more. - Pick of the Month May, 2004


"Westchester Parent"

My three-year-old and I recently attended one of Emelin’s offerings, “Danna Banana”. “Danna”, who hails from Mamaroneck, has won awards for his offbeat children’s songs. Although we initially took our seats in the middle of the theater — which has ample seating as well as a mezzanine — Danna Banana had the little ones up on their feet and dancing in the aisles about 10 minutes into the show. - Beth Feldman November 02


"Westchester Parent"

My three-year-old and I recently attended one of Emelin’s offerings, “Danna Banana”. “Danna”, who hails from Mamaroneck, has won awards for his offbeat children’s songs. Although we initially took our seats in the middle of the theater — which has ample seating as well as a mezzanine — Danna Banana had the little ones up on their feet and dancing in the aisles about 10 minutes into the show. - Beth Feldman November 02


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Danna Banana is a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner and New York Magazines Best Party Entertainer. He's a trained opera singer and ran Gusto House, a performance venue in downtown New York that premiered future stars The Blue Man Group and John Leguizamo, among many others. Plus he can sing the alphabet- backwards!

SUMMER SIZZLE WITH DANNA BANANA
danna banana brings the heat with Suddenly Summer!, a cd and show celebrating beaches, barbecues, baseball-- the whole shebang! Breezy, funny, family-friendly pop songs, perfect for car rides with the sound up & the top down.

'A pinata of listening pleasure' - CD Baby customer

Great production, memorable tunes, and lyrics that'll make you 'hoot with laughter' (NY Mag), Suddenly Summer works with or without the convertible. 

'one of the best purchases I have ever made' - Amazon customer

danna banana's been a featured performer on Rosie O'Donnell's R Family Cruise. He's performed at Bay St. Theatre, Emelin Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as camps, schools, libraries and other venues all over the country. He'll be playing at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA this summer (2014) with featured artist Keith Urban.

Shows include:

Bananappeal- solo show that's funny, silly, just right for the 1-5 year old set.

Suddenly Summer- a full-on family theatrical show for theatres and PACs 

Bananukah!- a celebration of Hanukah, the Jewish 'Festival of Lights'

Solo or with a band, danna banana delivers a quality show in a fun, engaging manner that appeals to parents and kids alike. He calls it 'music for kids that parents can stand'. In fact, parents are some of his biggest fans! Check him out. And don't forget the sunscreen.




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