The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 38 years. They have played in 40 states and five countries for over two million people. They have released 12 award winning CDs. Their music is used in school curriculums and classes around the world. The Slugs have brought their musical messages to noted festivals such as the 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 original songs are played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from Folk to Blues to Reggae, Rock & Roll and Rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away inspired and ready to learn more about the Earth.

The Slugs 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 the Real Deal…..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!

Spring 2024

Strawberry Music Festival
May 22nd - 27th

Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA


Strawberry Music Festival