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6/18/13



Gig on Friday, 6/21/13
Woo Hoo! Another gig with The Waffle Band at Brasserie 513, Califon, NJ. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM.




5/29/13



Gig on Saturday, 6/1/13
Duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! It'll make your big toe shoot up in your boot!

Gig on Saturday, 6/8/13
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Long Valley Fire Co. No. 1 Wetdown, Long Valley, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 5PM.




2/10/13



Gig on Saturday, 2/16/13
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 2/23/13
Trio with The Paul Marino Band at Barnacle Bill's, Rumson, NJ. Music starts at 9PM.

Gig on Saturday, 3/2/13
Duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! I guarantee you'll love it!

101 Guitar Licks
I've added Jazz Lick #1, Jazz Lick #2, Jazz Lick #3, and Jazz Lick #4 in the 101 Guitar Licks series.




1/4/13



Happy New Year!
May 2013 be filled with happiness and music. Don't worry - everything's gonna be OK.

Gig on Saturday, 1/5/13
Another duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.
Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! I love it!

Gig on Saturday, 1/19/13
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 2/2/13
The Riddlers at O'Donoghues Tavern, Nyack, NY. Al Greene: drums/vocs, Fred Saunders: bass, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9:45PM. No cover.





11/18/12



Gig on Friday, 11/23/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 11/23/12
Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting with Alice Leon, Al Green, Scott Monetti, Scott Strunk, Dan Palladino at Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ. Christmas tunes. 4:45 - 6PM. Photos here.

Gig on Saturday, 12/1/12
Another duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.
Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some!

Gig on Saturday, 12/15/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.




8/28/12



Gig on Saturday, 9/8/12
With The John Henry Goldman Jazz Trio at Tusk Restaurant, Montgomery, NJ. John Henry Goldman - trumpet, Gary Schaeffer - keys/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar. Music starts at 6:30PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 9/15/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Jersey Shore Tour de Cure, Bradley Park. Corner of Ocean and 5th Aves., Asbury Park, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 11:30AM.

Gig on Saturday, 9/15/12
Duo with the Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM. Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some!

Gig on Friday, 9/21/12
Another duo with Sauce Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Gig on Saturday, 9/22/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






7/17/12



Gig on Friday, 7/20/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 7/27/12
Duo with the lovely Scott Monetti on Keys and vocs at Panther Pub, Allamuchy, NJ. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 8/4/12
Duo with the Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Gig on Friday, 8/10/12
The Riddlers at O'Donoghues Tavern, Nyack, NY. Al Greene: bass/vocs, Luther Rix: drums, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar/vocs. Music starts at 10PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 8/11/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






6/29/12


Gig on Saturday, 6/30/12
Acoustic duo with the always amazing Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 7/20/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






5/6/12


Gig on Friday, 5/11/12
I'll be playing with my buddies, The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 5/19/12
Acoustic duo with the always fun Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Thursday, 5/24/12
Duo with the lovely and talented Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 9PM.

Gig on Friday, 5/25/12
Another duo with the Scott Monetti. Location to be announced.

101 Guitar Licks
I've added Jazz Lick #1 in the 101 Guitar Licks series.





4/1/12


Gig on Saturday, 4/28/12
Acoustic duo with the always fun Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

101 Guitar Licks
I've added audio examples in three tempi for 101 Guitar Licks. There are also two new harmonic minor licks for your listening and dining pleasure. Check it out on the Articles page.



3/4/12

Gig on Friday, 3/9/12
I'll be playing with my buddies, The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 3/31/12
Acoustic duo with the mega-talented Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

101 Guitar Licks
101 Guitar Licks is a new series of guitar instruction material I've been working on. Oddly enough, it'll feature 101 guitar licks in various styles, for all of my fellow guitarists out there. Check it out on the Articles page.



1/2/12
Happy New Year 2012!
Best wishes for a prosperous and music-filled 2012!

Gig on Friday, 1/13/12
I'm not superstitious, so I'll be playing with the Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. You never know what will happen at a Waffle, but you know it'll be fun. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.




2/25/10

More Mung!
The Mung train keeps crawling along the tracks. Check out "Crime": Click here to listen.

9/12/09

New Mung!
We finished mixing "Speechless" last year, but I'm just getting around to posting it now. Nice word play by the lovely Rich Gantner. Click here to listen.

Gig alert: I'll be playing with The Riddlers on Saturday 10/3/09 at O'Donahue's Pub in Nyack, NY. Great food and drink. Hope to see you there. We hit at 10:15 PM.

I'll also be appearing with My Generation, a new Classic Rock/80's cover band on Friday 10/16/09 at Mike Kirwin's in Dunellen, NJ. Fun band!



3/20/09

New Tune
I'm going into a period of writing a bunch of short instrumental pieces. The first one is called "Big Sky". Click here to listen.



1/18/09

Private Lessons
I've had a couple of private lesson slots open up recently. Click here for more info on studying guitar, music theory, songwriting and recording with me.



1/1/09

Happy New Year!
Here's wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2009. Remember that when things look bleak, music can help you feel better. Crank it!

New on the Riddleworks Player, "Plant A Seed". This was written specifically for a short film by Evan Austin Rosenberg. It stars none other than Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, arranger-extraordinaire and trombonist on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. LaBamba was kind enough to come in as a guest lecturer for my Introduction to Music Business course at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ. Thanks, Rosenbergs! Click here to see the film.
Click here to hear the whole tune.



11/18/08

Dan on YouTube.
Here's some live video of yours truly jamming with my pals, The Waffle Band. Always plenty of improvisation and silliness on a Waffle. Click here to hear us playing Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You".



9/14/08

YouTube Video.
Tamra Hayden has just released the video for her tune "Eden Will Bloom". You can see my handsome self in the band shots. Click here to check it out.




2/28/08

New Tune.
I just finished up a new tune. Well, it's really a re-working of an old tune–I wrote "Uniforms" in 1998, but thought it deserved a new treatment. Some acoustic pop/folk for your listening pleasure. Hope you like it. Click here to listen.






12.20.07
Happy Holidays To All!
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season. We're looking forward to some exciting new music in 2008.



7.2.07

Mung Brothers songs on MTV!
"Take Another Look" has been licensed for use on MTV's Cribs. "I Don't Like Your Attitude" has been licensed for use on My Super Sweet 16. Cool!



6.19.07

More Summer shows!
I'll be appearing with Broadway star Tamra Hayden on 7/8/07 in Pueblo, Colorado. The show will feature music from Tamra's CD A Day At the Fair. More info here.



5.9.07

Summer shows!
I'll be appearing with Waffle Haus every other Thursday, starting 6/7/07 for the entire summer. Nice outdoor hang at The Grain House in Basking Ridge, NJ. More info....



2.1.07

Dan plays guitar for The Cady Huffman Show.
I had a great time backing up Broadway, film and TV star, Cady Huffman on 1/29/07 at Birdland in NYC. You can read about the show and see photos here.


1.14.07

New article added.
We just added a new songwriting article entitled, "Lyric Writing: Giving Human Qualities to Inanimate Objects (and vice versa)". The best songwriters are always looking for ways to improve their lyrics. This article can help.


12.1.06

New article added.
We just added a new music biz article entitled, "Are You Ready For a Record Deal?". It deals with the reality of being in business with a record label. Hope you enjoy it!



11.20.06


Riddleworks has a new look.

Finally got a minute to have the site re-designed. This new, cleaner layout
will make it easier for us to update regularly. Don't forget to check out the
music from The Demo Vault.

Tamra Hayden, A Day At the Fair Tamra Hayden's CD, A Day At the Fair has been released.
I had a blast working on this album. Not only is Tamra an amazing singer and songwriter, but she's a great person to hang with. Killer blues/rock vocals with introspective lyrics.




11.6.06

Friends, Election Day is coming. Don't forget to vote!



2.14.06

Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated the site. Unfortunately, my life is insanely busy these days. One of my short-term goals is to re-design this place. I have a lot of ideas and hopefully, I'll find a minute to get that done.

I'm happy to announce that as of September 2005, I joined the faculty at County College of Morris, in Randolph, NJ. I'm teaching Intro to Music Recording and Intro to Music Business. It happens that they have a music technology program there that rivals universities with much more funding. The faculty has been terrific to work with and the man behind it all is Todd Collins. Check him out. He's a monster guitar and mandolin player.

The second project that's been keeping me busy is a new venture with songwriter, Alice Leon. I've joined the staff at TheSongs4U.com. It's been a real pleasure to work with Alice and I'm looking forward to producing many more tracks with her.

Last, but certainly not least, I've been working with my buddy and partner, Rich Gantner on a new batch of Mung Brothers tunes. We're in the demo stage right now and we're looking forward to releasing our second CD. Check back to find out how we're progressing.

OK, thanks for checking in. I hope another six months doesn't go by before I update again. Cheers!



9.8.05

All profits from The Mung Brothers CD, "Honey, grab your coat!" will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist victims of hurricane Katrina. If you can, please donate by buying a CD. Thank you!



8.23.05

Dan is featured on one track for the Artists For Charity project. Guitarist/producer Steve Lang brings you smokin' guitar playing by Dan Palladino, Steve Lang, Tommy Merry, Joy Basu, Dave Martone, Michael Vick, Terry Lauderdale and Bumblefoot. Click here to hear samples.



6.30.05

Just added a new article, "Are You Ready To Be Yourself?". It explores the importance of developing your own unique voice in music. I hope it will get you thinking.



3.1.05

Just added a new guitar lesson, "Dorian Triads On Your Vertical Guitar". Good exercises for the advancing guitarist.



2.17.05

Listen to Dan's interview at Indy Review. Click here, then scroll down to "Audio Interview". Dan's tales of playing prison gigs will warm your heart.



1.26.05

Hey Everybody,

We'd like to let you know that The Mung Brothers have been selected to appear on National Public Radio's website for their "Open Mic" feature. Our song "Take Another Look" will be available for a listen, so if you haven't gotten a copy of our CD, this is a way to hear the full track for free. You'll also have an opportunity to check out eight other artists and rate each song.

This episode of "Open Mic" will be up until the middle of next week, so try to make it over there if you can. It's a great way to hear some cool new music.
Click here for NPR "Open Mic"

Finally, we'd like to thank all of you and the following radio stations for supporting our music:

WRPS/Web Radio Puget Sound
Fred Migliore at FM Odyssey
RelaxRadio--Perth Australia

See you at the Super Bowl party!



1.12.05

Hey Everybody,

Happy New Year! We'd like to thank everyone for buying the new Mung Brothers CD. For those of you who don't have it yet, Download the free track, "TWO MINUTE LOVE SONG" here.

You can purchase your copy of "Honey, grab your coat!" at CD Baby. Learn more about the Mungs and how to win a free copy of the CD at www.mungbrothers.com.

Congratulations to December's winner, Sidney Hipple, of Dracut, MA. Until next time people!



11.11.04

We're happy to report that the Mung Brothers' debut CD, "Honey, grab your coat!" has been released and is available at CD Baby. You can learn more about the Mungs and how to win a free copy of the CD at www.mungbrothers.com.

The CD contains eleven tracks of cooking power pop—just the right sounds for your next road trip. We had a great time making this album and we hope you all will enjoy the music. Until next time!



6.25.04

Get ready folks! The Mung Brothers have completed their first full-length CD. We're working on art work and packaging and are expecting to have the disk out there by the end of this summer. We'll also be launching the Mung's very own website. Joy! Check back for updates. Have a great summer.



3.17.04

"The Harmonization of the Common Scales" has been added to the Articles page. This article deals with building chords from the Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor scales. Very useful information for the composer and improviser. Thanks for visiting!



11.17.03

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Recording", by Clayton Walnum, has been released. In addition to being technical editor, I'll have an article on drum programming and two Mung Brothers tunes ("Walk On" and "Take Another Look") included. Check out www.claytonwalnum.com to learn more about Mr. Clay.

I'm also happy to report that Clay and I have been collaborating on some new music together. We're looking forward to getting it out there soon. Thanks for visiting. Happy Holidays!



4.21.03

Well, when it rains, it pours. I've contributed guitar, bass and harmony vocal tracks to Belgian songwriter, Kurt Vereecke's forthcoming CD. "Red Light Zone" has a rockin' 80's vibe to it. Big fun was had by yours truly. Click here for more information.

More big news: I've been hired as technical editor for the book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Recording" (Alpha Books), by Clayton Walnum. Clay is an excellent writer and musician, and it was a great honor to be able work with him on this book. I'll also have an article published in the book, as well as two Mung Brothers tunes included on the accompanying CD. Thanks Clay! Check out www.claytonwalnum.com to learn more.

Speaking of Mung Brothers: We'll have a tune on the CD that comes with the book, "Desktop Mastering" (Primedia), by Bob Bontempo. Bob is a regular contributor to Mix magazine. Watch this space for release dates of both books.

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting! Peace!



11.22.02

Jeff Curtis' CD, "The Unfinished Affair" has been released. Long distance guitar tracks by Dan Palladino. Great rock/pop songwriting by Jeff. Click here for more information.



9.4.02

Added the "How To Get Ideas" essay to the "Articles" page. It's about overcoming your own comfort zone, in order to create fresh musical ideas. Click here to read it.



8.26.02

Added the "Letting Go" essay to the "Articles" page. It's about the dangers of becoming too attached to music theory. Click here to read it.



5.8.02

I've contributed guitar tracks on ten songs to Jeff Curtis' forthcoming CD. "The Unfinished Affair" is in the mastering and dupliction stages, so it shouldn't be long before it is released. More info to follow...



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