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Dan and Dani will soon play country, classic rock music at Estacada establishment

COURTESY PHOTO - Danielle Aguero and Dan Thompson will play at The Cazadero on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Danielle Aguero and Dan Thompson, also known as Dan and Dani, will soon connect Estacada audiences to a variety of songs.

The musical duo will perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Cazadero, 352 S.E. Highway 211. They play country and classic rock songs and enjoy creating a fun environment for their listeners.

"Being up there and knowing that people can take a break from their everyday work and have a good time is the best," Aguero said. "It feeds your soul to do a great job at the end of the day."

The Estacada News talked to Aguero about her musical background, the songs she and Thompson play and their upcoming performance in town. Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Estacada News: How did the Dan and Dani duo form?

Danielle Aguero: I took a leave of absence from work and realized I could make the same amount of money doing what I love. I'm living my dream. I put in my resignation after 22 years of doing retail.

EN: How did you and Dan meet?

DA: We met at a jam night. He came up to me and said, "I know your former guitarist."

EN: How did you become interested in music?

DA: It's been in my life forever. At 11, I did the Downtown Summer Festival and was on the front page of the Statesman Journal. The live music thing, once you do it, you don't want to stop. I took seven years off to raise my son, and people kept asking, "Are you doing music again? You need to do music."

EN: What songs do you like to play during shows?

DA: Our shows are all different. Dan knows a million songs. We take a lot of requests.

EN: Who are some of your influences?

DA: I love Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Stevie Nicks.

EN: What are some of your favorite memories as a duo?

DA: We opened for Quarterflash and We Three. With Quarterflash, we got to eat with them before the show. We played songs and then got to enjoy the show. They're super nice people, and super talented. I was amazed and in awe. With We Three, I got an autograph for my mom for free. They're the sweetest, nicest kids.

I also love getting to travel and see so many new places I never would have gone. I can't even begin to tell you how many places I've been.

EN: What's the best part about playing live?

DA: My main thing is letting people have a good time and seeing people smile.

EN: What are you looking forward to most about playing in Estacada?

DA: Checking out a new place, doing a great show and making sure everyone has a great time. Playing songs that people want to hear and making sure it's fun is what we're all about.

EN: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

DA: Don't let anyone tell you who you are. Just because that band wasn't right for you doesn't mean you're not good. Keep at it and you'll find your right niche eventually. Stick with who you are.

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