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Artist of the day: Shana Banana

Shana Banana's real name is Shana Smith, but she got the "Banana" nickname as a baby, and it was natural to take it for her stage name as a children's entertainer.

Seven or eight years ago, Shana Banana was a ubiquitous presence on the children's entertainment circuit. Her punk rock I Want To Be a Dinosaur was named children's song of the year in 2003 by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, and she performed frequently in the Tampa Bay area and around the country. But she has been less active since having children of her own. She and her husband, Dan Smith, have a daughter, 7, and son, 2.

Smith, 43, recently moved from Gainesville to St. Petersburg, where she previously lived, and is teaching class three days a week in the Starfish program, which combines marine science with art, drama and writing for pre-K to fifth-graders at Admiral Farragut Academy. She occasionally does singer-songwriter sets for adults, but most of her shows are kiddie-oriented.

On Saturday, you can see Shana Banana at the Pinellas Folk Festival, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Village in Largo. She'll perform from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested. Click here.

For more on Shana Banana, click here for John Fleming's recent profile.