Ben Rudnick & Friends
- guitar and vocals
Arnie Ashford - bass guitar and vocals
Dave Dillon - percussion
Jared Steer - percussion
Mark Yacovone - accordion
John Zevos - mandolin and vocals
Ben Rudnick and Friends have been bringing families, music and fun together in their own unique style from their first release, Emily Songs, in 2000 to their recent A Frog Named Sam.
"...he and the band are so musically gifted that they almost create their own style of music. "
~ Dave Loftin, Chattanooga Parent Paper
Boasting a high level of adventurous musicianship, their enthusiastic recordings and live performances seamlessly range from light folk, bluegrass, calypso, rock and even Irish Jigs.
“The words catchy and irrepressible just begin to describe the string-band music uncorked by a quintet of gifted instrumentalists.” ~ Downbeat Magazine
With countless kudos to their credit, including five Parents’ Choice Awards, the band considers it’s main focus to be providing a common ground where all family members can, without compromise, enjoy a shared musical experience. This is best exemplified in their live shows.
Touring steadily since their inception, Ben Rudnick and Friends have played extensively in their native New England, along the eastern seaboard and have recently visited Colorado. Performances big and small tend to be events, a slice of time where families relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Drawing on the original songs and traditional material from their recordings, the band seamlessly integrates classic songs such as “Route 66,” “Oh Boy!,” “Jambalaya/Hey Good Looking, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Beatles’ tunes into their sets.
“Not only did the kids love the show, but the parents (and the grandparents) were singing and dancing as well.” ~ Betsy Siggins Schmidt, Club Passim
Recent projects have included a popular video for the title track from their recording A Frog Named Sam and a disc of original and classic holiday songs to be released in the fall of 2010 entitled, It’s Santa Claus.
Past projects have included providing the theme song and accompanying fundraiser album for the Challenger Division of the Little League and a live version of the song Route 66 for the Emmy award winning TV documentary, Route 66: The Mother Road.
The band celebrated their Tenth Anniversary in October 2010. After a concert with special guests, a horn section and balloons with their name on them, the band is now looking forward to more great shows and music.
Ben Rudnick and Friends: Jamming for the Next Generation
Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including FIVE Parent’s Choice awards, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Bending musical styles from country to bluegrass, rock to second-line New Orleans, their original songs and fun takes on familiar tunes make you sing, make you dance and make you happy. Join the fun! Visit www.benrudnick.com for more information.
• Three-Six Sentence:
Multiple award winners in family music, Ben Rudnick & Friend’s adventurous acoustic music and lyrically humorous style have won them fans of all ages. Whether on stage or record, the band’s formula of delivering interpretations of favorite, well-known songs combined with get-up-and-dance original tunes is a winner. Concerts are community-building events; the recordings bring families together. Ben Rudnick and Friends make people happy and that makes them happy. Fun for all! Additional information is available at www.benrudnick.com.
Love is a Superpower (2012)
• Live in Lexington, Under the Copper Beech (2011)
• It's Santa Claus! (2010)
• A Frog Named Sam (2009)
• The Challenger Baseball Song and Other Hits (2007)
Grace's Bell (2007)
Live at the Playground: WERS 88.9 FM Boston (2005)
Blast Off! (2004)
Fun and Games (2002)
Emily Songs (2000)
The band's recent release, Live in Lexington, has garnered their SIXTH Parents' Choice Award!
• Parents' Choice Approved for Emily Songs
• John Lennon Songwriting Honorable Mention,
"I Need a Hand"
• Dr. Toy Best Vacation Product Award for
• Parents' Choice Silver Honor for Fun &
• iParenting Hot Media Award for Fun & Games
• 2 Children's Music Web Gold's for Fun
• Discovery.com's Award of Excellence for
Fun & Games
• Parents' Choice Recommended for Blast
• NAPPA Honors Award for Blast Off!
• 2 Children's Music Web Gold's for Blast
• Parents' Choice Approved for Grace's Bell
• NAPPA Honors Award for Grace's Bell
• Grace's Bell has won the Independent Music Award Vox Populi Vote for Best Children's Album 2007
• Parents' Choice Recommended for A Frog Named Sam
• Mr. Dad Seal of Approval for A Frog Named Sam
• iParenting Media 2009 Excellent Product Award for A Frog Named Sam
•Parents' Choice Recommended Live in Lexington, Under the Copper Beech