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    After Amazing Outside Lands 2023 Performance, Dan Ashley & His Band Plan for Busy Fall

    On August 12, 2023, Dan Ashley and his band helped kick off the weekend performances at Outside Lands with a set delivered from the Panhandle stage that has drawn rave reviews as well as new fans from festival goers, some of whom were only familiar with Ashley’s role as one of the lead anchors at ABC7 News.

    As Music Junkie Press reported: “You might recognize Dan, he is a longtime ABC7 evening news anchor here in the Bay Area. Well, he definitely ROCKED the stage at Outside Lands. You couldn’t help but be held captive by his passion for his music, as he delivered songs that carried his emotion along with euphonious vocals.”

    The Dan Ashley Band has performed in the San Francisco Pride Parade multiple
    times over the years.

    Ashley, in turn, said of Outside Lands, “It’s an incredibly cool and well-done festival with amazing acts, food, and activities. If you’ve never been, you should go next year—it’s fantastic!”

    Hopefully he and his band will be invited back. He is not only incredibly talented, but is also one of the most considerate, interesting (did you know he used to teach figure skating?!), and generous broadcast journalists around. When the San Francisco Bay Times asked him to help celebrate the birthday of one of our team members last month, for example, he did not hesitate to say yes. He and his band have also performed in the Bay Times SF Pride Parade contingent over the years.

    Outside Lands took his love of music to new heights, though, and that is carrying over to a busy fall performance schedule.

    On Friday, September 1, he and his band will be headlining the Rock the Block Concert. It will be a free show at the Hillsdale Shopping Center at 358 East Sailer Drive in San Mateo.

    Dan Ashley and his band are also now one of the house bands at the Canyon Club Brewery in Moraga at 1558 Canyon Road. They will be performing there on October 1, November 5, and December 3. In addition to the house-brewed beers, the Brewery offers an enticing selection of food items, so you can chow down while rocking out.

    On November 25, Ashley and his band will perform at the City of Martinez’s Holiday Tree Lighting at 525 Henrietta Street. For times and additional details about all of these events, please visit

    In addition to the new gigs, Ashley has released a new album, Out There. It is the result of a powerful collaboration with his long-time friend, music producer, and writing partner Bill Bentley. The pair worked seamlessly together with a shared vision for what the album could be. Also contributing to the collection of 11 songs are well respected musicians such as internationally acclaimed soul artist Cornell “CC” Carter and longtime Y&T drummer Mike Vanderhule.

    Out There can be previewed and purchased at

    Published on August 24, 2023