About Ben Rudnick and Friends

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 January 2016 release, A Frog Named Sam, A Musical for Children.

"...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 SEVEN 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 the bonding moments listening to the band.

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, Walk of Life,” 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 videos for several tracsk from their recording A Frog Named Sam, A Musical for Children and the completed musical to go with it. 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 is in their sixteenth year of making music for families. That includes twelve recordings, tours up and down the east coast and a week of shows in Colorado. The band is an institution in the Boston area and are happiest when playing outside on a perfect New England summer evening. (Inside is fine anytime too.)

"The tightly-honed quartet also tightly knits its identity to their region. Yet their sound is pure Americana, harkening back to Fourth of July boardwalk entertainment and county fairs. There's a summer feel." ~ Mr. Jeff 2000 Blogspot

Ben Rudnick and Friends: Jamming for the Next Generation


The Players

Ben Rudnick - guitars and vocals

Jared Steer - percussion and drum kit

• Chris Zevos - bass guitar and vocals

John Zevos - mandolin and vocals

Ben Rudnick and Friends feature exciting songs played with heart and gusto. All of the players are accomplished musicians in their own right. Jared and John both graduated with Batchelor degrees in music from Plymouth State University. John is a multi-instrumentalist performing in several bands including the Boston Guitar Orchestra and a beloved teacher in the Timberlane School District in Plaistow, NH. Jared plays percussion and drums with more bands than can be counted and has many devoted students. Chris Zevos is currently working on his doctorate at the New England Conservatory. These guy can play, love to play and it shows.


• Short:

Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including SEVEN 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.


A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children (Soundtrack) (2016)

A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children (Show Tracks) (2016)

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, Love is a Superpower, has garnered their SEVENTH 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 Emily Songs

Parents' Choice Silver Honor for Fun & Games

• iParenting Hot Media Award for Fun & Games

• 2 Children's Music Web Gold's for Fun and Games

• Discovery.com's Award of Excellence for Fun & Games

Parents' Choice Recommended for Blast Off!

• NAPPA Honors Award for Blast Off!

• 2 Children's Music Web Gold's for Blast Off!

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

Parents' Choice Recommended Love is a Superpower