Fluffin' the Oldies  with Dane Stauffer and George Maurer

Dane Stauffer

George Maurer

All Ages
Dane Stauffer and George Maurer breathe new life into an eclectic musical mix. From Pop to Jazz Standards, Country to Rock and Roll!

Join local favorites Dane Stauffer and George Maurer as they breathe new life into an eclectic musical mix. From Pop to Jazz Standards, Country to Rock and Roll, join "Dancin' Dane" as he lights up the stage and swings the classics with panache and flair.

With a career spanning cabaret, theater, film, television, radio, and flat bed trucks, Renaissance man Dane Stauffer returns to "Crooners." Dane recently sang in “Brand New Day: Breaking Barriers/ A Cabaret” at the Ordway, where he also recently starred as Scrooge” in “Dolly Parton’s Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol.” He’s starred as Roger Caldwell in the IVEY award winning musical “Glensheen,” (Returning this July to HT, & Original Cast Album just released) He has toured Ireland in Triple Espresso, garnered ” "Best Actor in a comedy" LA Stage Scene for "All in the Timing,” and " Best Actor in a Musical " Broadway World for "Glensheen." While in Los Angeles, he became a staple singing at Sunset Strip’s House of Blues, the Cafe Was with Jeff Goldblum on the keys, Herb Alpert’s Vibe Room and Yoshi’s with Estaire Godinez, and the LA Blues Festival, and locally, most recently in “The Love Show” at the O’Shaughnessy Valentines day w/ Kevin Kling and company. Dane continues to teach empowerment through Storytelling and theatre arts to children and adults in all settings.

George Maurer’s versatility on the piano and keyboard lands him all in all kinds of talented company. He arranges music for orchestras and mans the piano for the nationally touring Midtown Men, starring the original leads of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, putting him on stage with renowned orchestras like the Boston Pops. He interviews and accompanies fellow musicians in front of a live audience in his intimate “Stripped Down” series. He performs in rock band Collective Unconscious’s wildly popular tribute shows for The Band’s “The Last Waltz,” and the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds.”

A look in the rear-view mirror shows George’s performance highlights like sharing the stage with Eric Clapton, Dan Akyroyd and Bruno Mars, and arranging music for rock architects like the Chiffons and Buddy Holly’s Crickets. Many of those connections came through his tours with 1960s pop icon Bobby Vee, George’s close friend and mentor. Vee’s sons Jeff and Tommy called on George to arrange music for “Teen Idol,” the highly acclaimed 2018 play that tells the story of Vee’s extraordinary life.

George launched his career as a solo pianist, made his mark in jazz and detoured down many other avenues along the way. He has arranged music and been in the pit for countless musicals, played with groups ranging from a Native American country band to his own jazz ensemble and released more than 20 recordings on his own label. His introductions to different styles, instruments and collective histories add texture to his music while contributing to his unique voice as a musician.

“I think, more than anything, it’s just being able to play any musical style that’s set in front of me. In terms of playing, it’s having the musical ear and repeating it back. It’s becoming a more stylized musician.”

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432