The Banana Slug String Band has been educating, empowering and entertaining kids and families for over 30 years. They’ve worked in 40 states and five countries for almost two million people. With 11 award-winning CDs, their music is in homes everywhere, school curriculums and classrooms around the world. The slugs are often found bringing their music to noted festivals such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times!
Their live show is legendary, and includes characters such as the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab and Big Red, the talking redwood tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original and played in a variety of catchy musical styles—from folk to blues to reggae, rock and roll and rap. The songs are educational, funny and moving. Kids come away inspired, and ready to learn more about the Earth. The Slugs are environmental educators, and met teaching in outdoor education in San Mateo county, working at environmental education schools deep in the redwoods. Solar Steve and Marine Mark are currently the administrators and directors of San Mateo county outdoor education. Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Marine Mark and Solar Steve are lifelong impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, educators and eco-warriors! With guitars, voices, crazy characters and an extraordinary ability to connect with children, they change the world, one child at a time!