Ben Rudnick & Friends: 10 Years of Great Music!

Ben Rudnick & Friends Video

Check out this video shot live at the Ben Rudnick & Friends 10th Anniversary show:

Editors note: Ben Rudnick and Friends will be at the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 14th, performing on the new Hilltown Families Family Stage at 1:30pm!


Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

Ben Rudnick Guest DJ Episode on HFVS (06/13/09)

Ben Rudnick Guest DJ Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

06/13/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “A Frog Named Sam” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Bling Blang” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could]
  • Schoolhouse Rock – “Conjunction Junction” [Grammar Rock]
  • Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – “Hello, Dolly!” [20th Century Masters – The Millennium]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Drink it Up” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Doug Cameron – “The Roadrunner Theme” [Different Hats]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Chet’s Fabulous Diner” [Grace’s Bell] (See photo of Chet’s Diner in Northborough, MA)
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Race Car” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Cathy & Marcy with Christylez – “Barnyard Dance” [Banjo to Beatbox]Music
  • The Beatles – “I’ve Just Seen a Face” [Help!]
  • The Grateful Dead – “Monkey”
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “The Santa Fe” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • The Beatles – “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!” [Beatles for Sale]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Sunshowers” [Fun & Games]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Blackberry Blossom” [Fun & Games]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Old Joe Clark” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
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Ben & Presephone at WXOJ in Northampton

This week’s episode is a great sampler of music by Ben Rudnick & Friends.  If you weren’t already a fan of this great band, how could not be now!  We love this band and were thrilled to have Ben back in the studio with us this week.  Visit Ben Rudnick and Friends on-line at where you will find all of their award winning CD’s, including their new release, A Frog Named Sam.

LOOKING BACK:  Click HERE to discover his playlist from the last time he was in the studio with us.

Ben Rudnick Guest DJ Episode on HFVS (01/08/08)


Ben & Presephone at WXOJ in Northampton HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Ben Rudnick Guest DJ Episode

with Ben Rudnick & Persephone

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Tuesday evening @ 7pm

01/08/08 PLAYLIST

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How lucky we were to have Ben Rudnick in studio to guest DJ an episode of HFVS with Persephone! A great guy with a GREAT band, Ben Rudnick & Friends (BR&F). Persephone & I got to enjoy a New Year’s Eve performance by BR&F at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA (Click here to see photos). The snow was heavy outside the museum after the previous evening’s snowfall, and families filtered in, filling chairs with coats, scarves and mittens. With Ben on guitar, John on mandolin and Arni on bass, these three seasoned performers started singing and playing, giving the audience a real American roots style concert … and the kids couldn’t keep still! Thirteen years of playing together shined through, giving the audience a Class Act performance. But if my gushing over BR&F isn’t convincing enough that this is a band your family must discover, take it from Parent’s Choice and NAPPA who have doled out a number of awards to this finger pickin’ good band. Look for new music by BR&F this year!


This week we’re offering Ben Rudnick music and apparel:

  • We have two copies of Grace’s Bell to give away:
  • along with their award winning t-shirt (Kid’s Pick) submitted to the HFVS T-shirt Review:

Kids Pick Award - Hilltown FamiliesWithout a doubt, Ben Rudnick & Friends design was one of the top three designs amongst our “Official Reviewers,” getting the most positive comments out of all submitted t-shirts. This design pulled off the blend of color and graphic design that appealed most to the kids. “I like the pink in the middle and red in a circle,” commented Antonia (age 5) of Florence, MA. “I like the cool guitar and the three eyes!” shared Jaden (age 5). It is noted that the tie-dye designs can vary, with blue centers and green swirls, or orange centers with yellow swirls … they can all turn out with different patterns and colors, which gives every shirt its own unique aspects.

HOW TO WIN: For your chance to win, simply post us a comment below. We’ll randomly draw TWO winners from everyone who leaves a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 01/15/08 @ 7pm (EST).

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