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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/29/2011 at Symphony Space.

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 sees roots in everything from country to bluegrass, and from rock and roll 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!

“Ben Rudnick has a conversational singing style that's instantly engaging, an ear for an infectious tune (and beat), and an affinity for fun-to-sing lyrics."  - Disney's Family Fun Magazine

+ About the Artists

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.

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.

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.

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.

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