Ben Rudnick and Friends


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Ben Rudnick and Friends
Shows Galore Start Now Edition
July 7, 2014 

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Greetings,

I hope your holiday weekend went well. Me…. spent time in the shed at Tanglewood waiting for James Taylor and watching the folks on the lawn evacuate due to impending severe lighting. The did look happy after the show though.

Our summer schedule continues this week:

All details including “what if it rains” info is below. 

Next week looks like this:  

  • Monday - July 14 - Burlington, MA - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday - July 15 - Bedford, NH - 7:00pm
  • Thursday -  July 17 - Arlington, MA - 6:30pm 

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A NEW SIGN

Last year… we had a sign. It had our name on it and despite the fact that we have no idea where we left it, there was a firm belief that it would find it’s way home. That didn’t happen. A sign is on order and we expect to be sporting our nifty new placard at upcoming shows. Here’s a sneak peak:

BR&F Placard

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SHOWS-SHOWS-SHOWS

 

Wednesday - JULY 9 - Chelmsford, MA
TIME: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
WHERE: MacKay Branch Library; 43 Newfield St, N. Chelmsford MA 01863 
WHAT: Summer Fun Concert Series 

IF RAIN: We’ll be at the Chelmsford Community Center at North Town Hall, 31 Princeton St., North Chelmsford, MA 01863 

Thursday  - JULY 10 - N. Kingston, RI
TIME: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
WHERE: North Kingston Town Beach, 15 Beach Street, N. Kingston, RI 

WHAT: Thursday Family Concert Series

IF RAIN: We’ll play in the Cold Spring Community Center, 36 Beach St, North Kingstown, RI 02852   

Saturday - JULY 12 - Brighton, MA - NOON
TIME: 12:00pm - 12:50pm
WHERE: WGBH, 1 Guest St., Brighton, MA
WHAT: WGBH FunFest - A Day of Ice Cream and Music and other cool stuff.
IF RAIN: The band is covered. I don’t think they ever cancel.
WHAT ELSE: We’ve played this event several times now and it is a seriously high energy event for us. I don’t think it’s just the ice cream flowing through our veins.

Saturday - JULY 12 - Arlington, MA - 3:45pm
TIME: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
WHAT:  Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party
WHERE: Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA - an address you can use is that of the Starbucks in Broadway Plaza, 327 Broadway, Arlington, MA
WHAT: A summer festival in Arlington. Lots of bands including the Roy Sludge Trio in the slot before ours. These guys are a favorite of mine although their usual guitarist, Duke Levine, will not be there. 

PARK: In the big lot. There is an entrance across from the Regent Theatre at 7 Medford St.  

IF RAIN: We play on Sunday, July 13. Same bat time.
WHAT ELSE: You might consider bringing some folding chairs if you hope to sit. There is room for the kids to run (and skip). There is coffee nearby (Starbucks and Kickstand Cafe), ice cream (Chili Cow) and a frozen yogurt shop across the street.  

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It’s the season! Come on out to a show if you can.

Best Regards,

BR&F


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Upcoming Shows
  • Mon - July 14 - Burlington, MA
  • Tues - July 15 - Bedford, NH
  • Thurs - July 17 - Arlington, MA
  • Tues - July 29 - Medford, MA
  • Weds - July 30 - Lowell, MA  

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Quick Links… 

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Live in Lexington on Saturday, May 24 - 10:45am

  
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Ben Rudnick and Friends
Outside Shows Start Now Edition
May 21, 2014 

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Hello,

Greetings one and all.

Not much in the news department this week but the highlight is that we start our seasonal “we get to play outside” campaign on Saturday in Lexington, MA. Come on out if you’re around. Besides our set of tunes from 10:45am to 11:45am, Discovery Day in Lexington features other things to see and do and various performances. You can learn all about it on the Discovery Day homepage.

LIVE IN LEXINGTON COVER
We love playing in Lexington, MA 
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Saturday, May 24 - Lexington, MA

 

WHERE: The flatbed, in the parking lot, behind Michelson’s Shoe Store in Lexington, MA - 1780 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420  


WHAT: Discovery Day in Lexington, MA  


WE PLAY FROM: 10:45am
- 11:45am

IF RAIN: The event will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, May 31st. We will not be able to play the rain date. We hope to play on Saturday.

PHONE: If you want to make sure the event is proceeding, call Michelson’s Shoe store. The number is: (781) 862-1034.

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Upcoming Shows
  • Friday - June 6 - Winchester, MA
  • Sunday - June 8 - Boston, MA
  • Saturday - June 21 - Boston, MA - Family Works @ TICO 
  • Weds - June 25 - Merrimack, NH
  • Thursday - June 26 - Watertown, MA   

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Quick Links… 

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View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Visit our blog

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Website  

Full Schedule 

Myspace Page 

Online Purchase of CDs and T-Shirts 

NEWS and TICO Show on Saturday Morning, May 17


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Ben Rudnick and Friends
May 14, 2014 

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Hello,

I hope this finds you well. A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s.

The Family Works events at TICO continues on Saturday 
Another Saturday morning at our favorite Boston restaurant - unofficially known as “the BR&F Living Room with free coffee, tea, juice and full wait staff” - we’ll have a Family Works art project and supporting The Home For Little Wanderers.

Full details are below.


THANK YOU - Thank you, thank you and thank you again for all the Family Works donations. You folks have been all kinds of generous and it’s a great compliment to the band.

What Else Is Going On?
Well - It seems like we’ve been meeting new families on a regular basis at our shows. If you’re in one of those families, welcome and thank you for coming to our shows! We thoroughly enjoy your company.

Sam & TRIPP at 10th Anniversary

Sam and TRIPP on 10th Anniversary T-Shirt (2010)

There are a few new tunes and a stage play in the works. Some very talented BR&F friends are writing a play for us called, “A Frog Named Sam - The Play,” and they needed some specific tunes to get from point A to point B in the script. The whole effort is very exciting. They’ve come up with a great story featuring SAM and TRIPP, the alien from our 2002 Blast Off disc, who we’ve come to find out is a strong female lead. Tripp likes to fly spaceships and race cars. New tunes! There is still some work to do but we’ll try and get those songs some play time at future shows.

Upcoming Shows
After TICO this Saturday, the outdoor season goes into full swing.

  • Saturday - May 24 - 11am - Lexington, MA -  Discovery Days - we’ll be on a flatbed for the I-Can’t-Remember how many years in a row.   
     
  • Friday - June 6 - Winchester, MA - Town Day Eve - Dancing in the closed off streets.   

  • Sunday - June 8 - Boston, MA - The Hatch Shell for NSTAR Walk for Children’s Hospital Boston - This is - I think - our fifth time doing it.  

Details for all shows are on our website.

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Saturday, May 17 at TICO with a Family Works Event

At the Family Works’ event at TICO this Saturday, we’ll be supporting The Home for Little Wanderers.

WHERE: TICO, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA  


PARKING
: If you arrive early for the Family Works event, there is often parking available on the street. Bring some quarters! Be careful… there is a two hour limit for your car on any given street. It’s an “am I lucky today” thing. There is also a parking garage located conveniently in the building under TICO. The entrance is on St. James Street, just off the corner of Berkeley. By T, The Arlington T station on the Green Line is the closest to TICO. 


WHAT: BR&F’s “living room,” great fun, great food and Family Works. 


MUSIC STARTS AT: 11:00am 

FEE: Free coffee, tea and juice. Brunch is available for a fee. Brunch is really good. 

PHONE: TICO’s phone is (617) 351-0400. Reservations recommended but not required.

FAMILY WORKS WILL BENEFIT: The Home For Little Wanderers 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: The Home for Little Wanderers mission is to to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.  

TIME: The Family Works event will run from 10:00am until the band starts playing at 11:00am. You can participate at any point.

CRAFT: We’ll be supplying art materials for a craft for the kids.

WE WILL COLLECT: NEW art and school supplies. Anything… pencils, crayons, anything but it has to be new.   

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Upcoming Shows
  • Saturday - May 17 - Boston, MA - TICO
  • Saturday - May 23 - Lexington, MA
  • Friday - June 6 - Winchester, MA
  • Sunday - June 8 - Boston, MA
  • Weds - June 25 - Merrimack, NH
  • Thursday - June 26 - Watertown, MA   

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Quick Links… 

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View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Visit our blog

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Website  

Full Schedule 

Online Purchase of CDs and T-Shirts 

Newsletter for show on May 3rd


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Ben Rudnick and Friends
Ride into Spring Edition
April 29, 2014 

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Greetings,

I hope all is well.

We’re springing back into action with a Family Works show at A&B Burgers in Salem. 
  • Salem, MA on Saturday: Family Works at 10:30am, Show at 11:30am

The target organization for Saturday’s show is the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). 100% of all monies donated by PMC riders goes to the Jimmy Fund which solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research.     

 

WHY I’M DOING THIS 

We ALL know someone who has had a cancer fight of one kind or another. It’s part of the world we live in. This past year, one person in my world was lost to cancer but two are reengaging with their lives after treatment. Visiting my friend Sam at Dana-Farber was a moving and eye opening experience. Sam’s winning but I would prefer not to visit anyone else I care about while they undergo cancer treatments or have anyone visit me. So - I’ll do what I can to help.    

I love cycling. Ben says, “I love to cycle.”

 

PLEASE DONATE

  • If you’re coming to the show on Saturday, any contribution would be welcome. Coins, dollars, checks made out to “PMC.” Anything.  

Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

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SATURDAY - MAY 3 - A&B Burgers - SALEM, MA - with Family Works

WHAT: BR&F’s “burger joint,” great fun, great food and Family Works.
  • Family Works starts at: 10:30am
  • Band starts at: 11:30am

WHERE: A&B Burgers, 50 St. Peter St., Salem, MA 


PARKING
: It is BEST to park at the garage located at 1 New Liberty St in Salem. There are a few spaces in front of A&B Burgers but we - the band - really need these so we can get close with the gear. A&B’s Parking Info Web Page

PARKING… just a little bit more info: If you set your GPS for 50 St.. Peter St., you will get to a spot on the other side of the building from A&B. You can’t park there and you can’t get through the building. Here is the screen shot of the parking structure, St. Peter St. and the arrow where A&B Burger actually is.   

 

PARKING… lastly….  you DON’T want to park in that little circle just above the arrow. Law enforcement will give you a ticket. They might warn you first.


MUSIC STARTS AT: 11:30am 

FEE: FREE with complimentary chocolate milk, juice and coffee. The
full menu is available at any time.

PHONE: A&B’s phone is (978) 498-4997.

FAMILY WORKS WILL BENEFIT: The Pan Mass Challenge. 

CRAFT: We’ll have a bicycle themed project for the kiddos.

WE WILL COLLECT: Monetary donations.

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Upcoming Shows

  • Saturday - May 17 - Boston, MA - TICO/Family Works
  • Saturday - May 24 - Lexington, MA - Discovery Days 
  • Friday - June 6 - Winchester, MA - Town Day Eve 
  • Sunday - June 8 - Boston, MA - Hatch Shell 

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  

Best Regards,


Ben R & F 


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Quick Links… 

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View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Visit our blog

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Website  

Full Schedule 

Myspace Page 

Online Purchase of CDs and T-Shirts 

Contact Information

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April Fool

I am an April Fool in so many ways. Being in the world of music I’ve built up around myself, you might expect that there are certain songs I just absolutely love. There are! Many! This song by Ronnie Lane is one of those songs and the only song I know called April Fool. Enjoy it if you have a second.

http://youtu.be/LLFMoVSkqBQ

Room to Grow Edition

 Hello,

I hope all is well. We’ve been happily rolling into spring. Seeing the shoots popping up, the crocuses opening
and this beautiful day only reinforces the desire to go out and play some more. So we will do exactly that with a Family Works event at TICO on Saturday. Details below.

Fun Times Two Last Saturday and A Little Insight
Last Saturday’s shows in Winchester, MA and Needham, MA couldn’t have been more different. The Winchester show, in a sonically challenged, echo drenched environment, was as loose as loose gets. It was all kinds of good fun. In an environment like that we think people can hear us. It turns out to be a “we’re on this side of the echo, they’re on that side and they seem happy so it must be okay” situation. Compare that to the sonically dry, carpeted meeting style room at the Needham library with kids and people just feet from us waiting to be entertained and… and… it’s a good thing I’m a Gemini. I’m pleased to say the band adapted wonderfully and it was a good day of music for all.

Probably the funniest moment of the day came when one of the woman from the Winchester group that hired us went to thank her audience, said one word into the microphone, heard cacophony back and instantly had that “oh, I get it” look. Anyway… that’s a little insight into our world.

NEW SONG ALERT
We debuted a new song in Winchester the other day. Three chords and all kinds of fun. It’s called Coney Island Crazy  and is the band’s first homage to an amusement park. Listen for it at a show near you.

Upcoming Shows
Beyond TICO this Saturday, we’re playing two shows the following weekend then taking a bit of a well deserved break. The weekend of April 12th and 13th include:

  • Saturday - April 12 - 10am - Arlington, MA - Benefit for the Arlington Heights Nursery School Playground - A rare April hometown show!

     
  • Sunday - April 13 - A&B Burger - Salem, MA - This is a Family Works show. We’ll be collecting monetary donations for the families of the fallen firefighters from the Engine 33, Ladder 15 Firehouse. We’ll have materials so that we can all make cards of hope, thanks and condolences to give to their families and brother firefighters. There will be Salem firemen on hand with firetrucks for the kids to see up close. The Family Works event starts at 10:30am. The band will start playing at 11:30am. If it’s nice out, I hear we get to play outside.     

Details for both shows are on our website.

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SATURDAY, April 5 at TICO with a Family Works Event

These Family Works events have just been amazing. Good vibes galore and we’ve been collecting much needed supplies for hard working organizations. This Saturday we’ll be collecting baby goods for Room to Grow, a neighbor of TICO’s on Berkeley Street in Boston. They heard about the Family Works events at TICO and asked if we could do one to help them. So Saturday it is!

 

WHERE: TICO, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA  


PARKING
: If you arrive early for the Family Works event, there is often parking available on the street. Bring some quarters! Be careful… there is sometimes a two hour limit per for your car on any given street. It’s a “am I lucky today” thing. There is also a parking garage located conveniently in the building under TICO. The entrance is on St. James Street, just off the corner of Berkeley. By T, The Arlington T station on the Green Line is the closest to TICO. 


WHAT: BR&F’s “living room,” great fun, great food and Family Works. 


MUSIC STARTS AT: 11:00am 

FEE: Free coffee, tea and juice. Brunch is available for a fee. Brunch is really good. 

PHONE: TICO’s phone is (617) 351-0400. Reservations recommended but not required.

FAMILY WORKS WILL BENEFIT: Room to Grow 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. More

 

TIME: The Family Works! event will run from 10:00am until the band starts playing at 11:00am. You can participate at any point.

CRAFT: We’ll be supplying art materials for a craft for the kids.

WE WILL COLLECT:  Room to Grow needs: 

Used but in excellent condition only:  

    • Clothing, to size 5T
    • Toys and Books
    • Blankets
    • Crib Sheets
    • Towels and Washcloths
    • Bibs
    • Strollers
    • High Chairs
    • Booster Chairs
    • Bassinets
    • Baby Carriers
    • Bouncy Seats   
    • Swings
    • Play Mats
    • Exersaucers
    • Bathtubs
    • Potties
    • Feeding Supplies
    • Baby Proofing Items
    • Baby Monitors
    • Diaper Bags
    • Children’s or Parenting DVDs
    • Children’s CDs
    • Photo Albums
    • Baby’s Room Accessories
    • Child Rearing Books

New condition only:

    • Bottles and cups
    • Breast pump
    • Teethers
    • Baby Shampoo and Baby Lotion
    • Diaper Cream
    • Baby Care items  

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Upcoming Shows

  • Saturday - April 5 - Boston, MA - TICO/Family Works
  • Saturday - April 12 - Arlington, MA
  • Sunday - April 13 - Salem, MA - A&B Burgers/Family Works
  • Saturday May 3 - Salem, MA - A&B Burgers/Family Works  

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Ben Rudnick and Friends
TWO Shows and Bat Hair Day Edition
March 25, 2014 

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Hey Folks,

I hope this finds you well. The top of the newsletter news is… we’re cruising along. Our first A&B Burgers Family Works
show in Salem, MA was an immediate success. Our 24-hour jaunt to World Cafe Live in Delaware last weekend was smooth sailing. We definitely made some new friends and fans along the way.

And if that isn’t enough… I’ve found out that Mr. Turtleman has used our music on several more episodes of Call of the Wildman. Details below.

TWO SHOWS on SATURDAY
On Saturday we’re playing a couple of shows:

  • 11am - Winchester, MA  
  • 3:15pm - Needham, MA.

Details are below.

A FACEBOOK THING - Public Service Announcement
This is an FYI bit of information. If you like us on Facebook, and would like to see anything we post there (mainly show information), then “Liking” us is not enough. You have to visit our page, hover your cursor over the “Liked” icon and click on “Get Notifications.” It is the simplest thing. Really. We won’t abuse your Like. We do post show information there in a timely fashion.

Hover your cursor over the Liked icon and click “Get Notifications”

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TURTLEMAN UPDATE - Bat Hair Day 

I’ve found out that besides BR&F music being used in the previously mentioned “Call of the Wildman" episodes "Angry Pidgeons" and "Hell Hog," we’ve had songs included in several other episodes.The one I was able to track down and watch today was called "Bat Hair Day." In this episode Mr. Turtleman and his trusty sidekick, Neal, had to get a raccoon out of a cave and bats out of a salon. The skill and bravery these deep wood Kentuckians demonstrate in the capture of obstreperous critters makes me proud to associated with them in even the most remote way.  (Note… yes… I looked up the word obstreperous. It means noisy and difficult to control.)   

Today’s tune was once again, Chet’s Fabulous Diner. It’s seems that when Mr. Turtleman and Neal have to get going, they do so with Chet’s as their traveling music. I say “good choice!” I’ll track down the other episodes and share the excitement in future newsletters. 

Turtleman (with the turtle) and Neal (with the banjo)

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SATURDAY SHOW #1: Winchester, MA - 11am




WHERE: Crawford Memorial Methodist Church, 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA 

WHAT: A benefit for the Family Action Network of Winchester, MA.

MUSIC STARTS AT: 11:00am
COST: Free for FAN members otherwise $10 at the door.

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SATURDAY SHOW #2: Needham, MA - 3:15pm 

Yes, we’ll be packing up quick in Winchester and heading straight over to Needham, MA.

WHAT: A show. We played the Needham Free Library last summer but due to one of those major lightning storms with quite a bit of flooding, while it was fun, it wasn’t what you’d call, a success. We’re trying again! 

MUSIC STARTS AT: 3:15pm
COST: FREE.


Upcoming Shows
  • Saturday - March 29 - Morning - Winchester, MA
  • Saturday - March 29 - Afternoon - Needham, MA   
  • Saturday - April 5 - Boston, MA - TICO/Family Works
  • Saturday - April 12 - Arlington, MA
  • Sunday - April 13 - Salem, MA - A&B Burgers/Family Works
  • Saturday May 3 - Salem, MA - A&B Burgers/Family Works  

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Quick Links… 

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View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Visit our blog

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Website  

Full Schedule 

Myspace Page 

Online Purchase of CDs and T-Shirts 

Where the Burgers Czar Edition


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Ben Rudnick and Friends
Where the Burgers Czar Edition
March 11, 2014 

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Hello,

I hope all is well in your world.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST! WHO SAID IT???  In celebration of our new Family Works partner, A&B Burgers, if you can tell me (without looking it up on the interweb) the name of the TV character, on which TV show, uttered the phrase “The Burger Czar, where the burgers are” I will put you in a, what I imagine is a very short or nonexistent, list of names from which I’ll randomly choose one and send the winner one of our discs as a prize.

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GREAT Fun at TICO. Next TICO show is Sat, April 5th.
Thanks to all who came out for another super fun Family Works event at TICO. Catching Joy supplied the art project and we collected a pile of donations for Birthday Wishes.

Also… I kept announcing the wrong date for our next TICO show. The correct date is Saturday, April 5th.

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Show and Family works this Saturday in SALEM, MA at A&B Burgers
Soo…. a couple of years ago, with the Family Works idea hatched but no venue to actually stage it at, I received a call from Thomas Holland, whose restaurant TICO was looking to start a kid friendly music series on Saturday mornings. I went down to the restaurant, chatted with Tom and as I was leaving mentioned my new idea. We sat back down and the seed planted there has really worked out at TICO.

Fast forward a couple of winters and Tom has opened his own restaurant, A&B Burgers in Salem, MA. Tom called last week and we’ve booked a series of shows at A&B starting with this Saturday. Everyone in the band is looking forward to working with Tom again and the restaurant just sounds amazing
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"A&B Burgers is a burger joint at heart, but it’s a burger joint that will bring you high-quality foods and amazing hospitality in a clean family-friendly environment. We serve the best burgers around, we serve ice cream and milkshakes, beer wine and cocktails…Keep it simple…. We want to be a partner with the community by being an active member of Salem and other communities we grow along with." anbburgers.com

This week’s event and A&B Burgers will collect goods for Lifebridge, a Salem, MA 501(c)(3) whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness. 

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A&B Burgers / FAMILY WORKS on SATURDAY Morning March 15  


WHERE
: A&B Burgers, 50 St. Peter Street, Salem, MA 

WHAT: BR&F show and Family Works event.  

PARKING: parking tips from the A&B Burgers website.

MUSIC STARTS AT
: 11:30am

FEE
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Free chocolate milk, juice and coffee during the Family works event. The full menu is available at any time.

PHONE: A&B’s phone is (978) 498-4997.



FAMILY WORKS WILL BENEFIT
:  Lifebridge a 501(c)(3) located in Salem, MA


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
: Lifebridge’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness.  

TIME: The Family Works! event will run from 10:30am until the band starts playing at 11:30am. You can participate at any point.

 CRAFT: BR&F will supply all the materials for a cool craft for the kids to make.

WE WILL COLLECT:  Lifebridge can really use NEW:    

  • Laundry detergent pods - highly needed! 
  • Dryer sheets
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tissue boxes
  • Disposable razors 
  • Shampoo, combs
  • ADULT/NEW Socks and underwear
  • Towels  
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Upcoming Shows
The rest of March through edge of May:
  • Saturday - March 22 - World Cafe at the Queen, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Saturday - March 29 - Morning - Winchester, MA
  • Saturday - March 29 - Afternoon - Needham, MA 
  • Saturday - April 5 - TICO/Family Works - Boston, MA  
  • Saturday - April 12 - Arlington, MA
  • Sunday - April 13 - A&B Burgers/Family Works - Salem, MA
  • Saturday - May 3 - A&B Burgers/Family Works - Salem, MA 

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Quick Links… 

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View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Visit our blog

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Website  

Full Schedule 

Myspace Page 

Online Purchase of CDs and T-Shirts 

Contact Information

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email: ben  AT  benrudnick.com
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Ben Rudnick and Friends
TICO, TICO, TICO
March 4, 2014 

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Hello,

I hope all is well. The lion of March is upon us. The lamb is sure to follow!

TICO AGAIN?!?
Well… yes. These Saturday morning TICO/Family Works shows are great for so many reasons. In no particular order they’re just wonderful because:
  • the band gets to play through the winter in a comfortable place
  • the Family Works events are really working out. We’ve collected a strong amount of goods for people who can use the help 
  • the coffee is awesome
  • the food is awesome
  • it’s a great meet-up place for old friends 
  • new friends are made daily in a calm atmosphere
  • the kids have an art project, other kids, juice, food and music to dance to

Our last TICO / Family Works event was well attended and we yielded more goods than could fit in an SUV for Cradles to Crayons. Catching Joy was helping with the art project and had to make two trips to deliver the goods. That’s the vision in a nutshell. Fun for all and we helped people in need. THANK YOU if you were there.   

This week’s event will collect goods for Birthday Wishes

TICO POSTER - March 8, 2014

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TICO / FAMILY WORKS on SATURDAY Morning March 8  


WHERE
: TICO, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA    

PARKING: If you arrive early for the Family Works event, there is often parking available on the street. Bring some quarters! There is also a parking garage located conveniently in the building under TICO. The entrance is on St. James St, just off the corner of Berkeley. By T, The Arlington T station on the Green Line is the closest to TICO.


WHAT
: BR&F’s “living room,” great fun, great food and Family Works. 


MUSIC STARTS AT
: 11:00am 

FEE
: Free coffee, tea and juice. Brunch is available for a fee. Brunch is really good. 

PHONE: TICO’s phone is (617) 351-0400. Reservations recommended but not required.



FAMILY WORKS WILL BENEFIT
: Birthday Wishes 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: The mission of Birthday Wishes is to provide birthday parties for homeless children. They believe that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care.  

TIME: The Family Works! event will run from 10:00am until the band starts playing at 11:00am. You can participate at any point.

CRAFT: Catching Joy will supply art materials and help kids to make a cool craft. 

WE WILL COLLECT:  Birthday Wishes needs us to donate NEW items only.

  • Wrapping paper (birthday-themed & solid color)
  • Sports equipment (no shoes)
  • Red Sox baseball hats & t-shirts
  • Board games
  • Books for teens
  • Toddler gifts
  • Board books
  • Generic birthday candles
  • AA & AAA Batteries
  • Craft activity kits
  • Solid-color & birthday-themed tablecloths
  • Balloons
  • Reusable party games & activities
  • $25-$35 gift cards for teens (Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Forever 21, Game Stop, Dunkin Donuts, etc.)  
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Upcoming Shows
The rest of March and starting up April!
  • Saturday - March 22 - World Cafe at the Queen, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Saturday - March 29 - Morning - Winchester, MA
  • Saturday - March 29 - Afternoon - Needham, MA 
  • Saturday - April 5 - TICO/Family Works - Boston, MA 

More information for all shows is here. And just a reminder… you never have to participate in a Family Works event to enjoy the show.  


Best Regards,


Ben R & F


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Sally Salamander in iPad Mibblio APP

I’m am proud to announce the release of our song Sally Salamander as a Mibblet. What’s a Mibblet you say? The creators of the iPad APP, Mibblio, take songs and create “Mibblets.” A Mibblet of a song is a beautiful visual rendition of a song. The visuals are displayed as the audio plays. The lyrics  are imbedded in the visuals. The really cool part is that the kids lucky enough to play with this app, can actually play along. Check it out…

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As the band plays, an image is displayed. The keys at the bottom can be played. In this case the keys will sound like an accordion as that button above the keys is highlighted. The keys can also sound like a guitar or sax or any of the other buttons displayed above the keys. The piano type keys are always in the musical key of the song. The melody of the song can be played on the keys.


The strings on the right, over the word “Mibblio,” can be strummed! At the moment if they’re strummed they’ll sound like a harp. Other options include guitars, ukulele and even a banjo. When you strum, the “strings” will sound whatever chord currently matching what the band is playing at that part of the song. You can play along!


You can also tap along on the drum icons on the top right. Lastly you can “solo” different parts of the band by tapping the icons to the left.


I LOVE THIS. The images are are lovingly illustrated by Matthew Scott. Seeing a song I’ve written imagined visually is really quite a thrill. I’ve never met Matthew Scott but I look forward to that day.


If you have an iPad… download the Mibblio APP from the iTunes APP store. You will get to choose a free song. Sally Salamander is not one of the songs offered for free. HOWEVER… YOU can get the Sally Mibblet for free. When you are in the app, there is a gear on the top right. A box is displayed asking for a code. Enter this code:

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Sally Salamander was originally on our Fun & Games CD released in 2002. The song also made our Live in Lexington disc. This version was recorded specifically for this app. So… this is a totally new recording of Sally Salamander. The musical personal are:

Ben Rudnick - acoustic guitar/vocal
Arnie Ashford - bass guitar/vocal
Jeff Bird - harmonica
Free Hallas - drums, percussion
John Zevos - mandolin/vocal

Here are a couple of other images:

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This is pretty darn cool. Check it out!

Summer Shows - Good Details to Know

As most of the summer shows are outside, a couple of good things to consider are:

  • Bring…. food, snacks, a blanket, chairs, drinks.  - Some of these shows, whether one or two sets, are in just ideal locations where it is nice to have a comfortable place to sit or at least a blanket. Snacks and drinks are also a great idea.

     
  • Sun Screen and Bug Spray - it certainly can’t hurt to have sun screen and bug spray. They’re both in my bag!  

     
  • RAIN and LIGHTNING STORMS - can be a great source of frustration for us. It’s obviously hard to know what the weather will do. Often times a powerful storm is coming through and might run our show over but then again… it might not. We do the best we can given the need to protect you and ourselves from dangerous situations and also balance out the “try not to call it too soon” scenario. It’s generally beyond our control to make the call. Please know we’re doing our best to play when we’re supposed to. Sometimes it’s a tough call…..  One time I was standing in the blazing sun on the Natick, MA town green and could SEE, a terrible, violent storm going on over there. Another time a huge storm was called for Nashua, NH which has a stage with a metal structure. That show was called and the sun was shining at show time. Frustrating!

     
  • All the Information We Know About a Show - will be on our website. The latest, up to the minute information, however, will most likely be on the band’s Facebook page. As long as AT&T gives me a signal, I can post updates to Facebook. Once I head off for a show, I can’t update information on the website 
ASK BR&F - Our irregular feature where YOU can ask BR&F a question.

The Question: It seems like a number of your songs have some hints of sounds from some legendary musicians.  Some examples are “Ray” which has an Allman Brothers vibe, “A Frog Named Sam” which sounds like a Phish song, and “Spin” which sounds like the Grateful Dead’s “Not Fade Away” among many others.  Who are some of the musicians that you feel have had the biggest influence on shaping BR&F’s music?

This question comes to us from John K. of Merion Station, PA.

Ben Answers: Thanks for the question and right you are John! There are definitely some big influences from the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Guilty! Joining those two bands in the “strongest influence” category would have to be the Beatles. I’d say those three are the first line influences. Of course their influences come shining through as well! Sitting in the studio and pondering a decision on what to do with a song, the question “What would the Beatles do?” has come up more than once.

I wouldn’t site Phish as much of an influence at all. I was to busy listening to the Dead and never fell into Phish’s orbit.

The influences go quite a bit deeper of course. A major influence caught me after college when I met John and he brought me into the bluegrass band he was starting up. The influence there is purely stylistic rather than a specific musician though I was always partial to Flatt and Scruggs.

Flatt & Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Grand Ole Opry Classics
Flatt & Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Grand Ole Opry Classics
Old and in the Way and their choice of songs (such as Wild Horses) opened up the bluegrass world view and has had an impact on many besides me.

Old & in the Way / Wild Horses
Old & in the Way / Wild Horses
Bluegrass was an early cornerstone of BR&F. The first two discs included straight bluegrass style fiddle tunes. It was on our third disc, Blast Off, where you can start to hear the mutation in Martian Hoedown.  Songs like “Sally Salamander” on Fun and Games, while not a traditional bluegrass song, does come out of that boom-chuck (bass note-strum) world. It’s the variation on the style - deeper groove, slightly more complicated song structure, but retention of the “chop” - which make it “ours.”



Other big influences for me are Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Surf music in general, Dylan, “Americana” in general and the list goes on and on.

Mark Knopfler - Punish The Monkey (GMTV Today)
Mark Knopfler - Punish The Monkey (GMTV Today)
One of the more recent influences is Bob Wills and Texas Swing. We incorporated the Texas Swing style strongly on our Superpower disc featuring Kenny Kosek on fiddle for four tunes.
Bob Wills - Take me back to Tulsa
Bob Wills - Take me back to Tulsa
It’s impossible to not include the influences from the “and Friends.” While John and I share so many influences he’d have to respond to this question from his own point of view. Arnie comes from a much more hard rock world (hello Rush) than John and I but also spent time in a barbershop quartet and inhaling Beach Boy harmonies which comes out good and strong. Jared spends a lot of time thinking about jazz drummers and also took many ques from Jeff Bird’s use of percussion on our early discs.

Lastly…  two major influences that aren’t as obvious but that I think have a lot to do with the BR&F “world view” are:

George Harrison - If you’re not familiar with George’s solo discs, I can’t recommend them enough. While George was surely responsible for chart toppers after the Beatles, his discs have the wonderful ability to make you happy. Listening to a George solo disc just simply leaves you in a better mood. I really believe our discs have that same quality.

George Harrison & Paul Simon - Here Comes The Sun
George Harrison & Paul Simon - Here Comes The Sun
Jerry Garcia - Probably way more obvious than George musically, and of course Jerry comes under the Grateful Dead umbrella, but it’s a little more than that. Jerry had the unique ability to inhabit and deliver a heartfelt song. I’ve really taken that lesson to heart and written my own heart out into the world. It’s what makes the “signature warmth” comment in the Parents’ Choice review mean so much to me. The expectation is that our discs have a warmth to them that goes beyond style of music. We traverse styles as often as Jerry did but I think it’s the distillation of intent that makes it all one long welcoming song. We play from the heart. While so many do I’d have to say I learned that lesson from Jerry.

Ben and Friends.
 
ASK BR&F: Who are the Arnie Ashford singers and how many are there?

This question comes to us from D.W. of Arlington, MA.

Good question. I’m an album note junkie. So… much to my wife’s amusement, whenever I get a new CD, I pore over the details of the tiny text. It was the same with albums. I’ve always been that way. Needless to say, our CDs all have tiny text. If you’re at all like me, or have the slightest interest in who has done what on our discs, you might have noticed the Arnie Ashford Singers. I’d have to check when we actually starting listing the Arnie Ashford Singers but probably the best example of this fine group is our song Grace’s Bell; the title track from our Grace’s Bell CD.

Grace's Bell CoverGrace’s Bell CD Cover

So who comprises the Arnie Ashford singers you ask? None other than our bass player Arnie. From our first disc, Emily Songs, through Love is A Superpower, Arnie has taken it upon himself to sing, sing and sing some more. Harmonies are his thing. In high school Arnie sang in a barbershop quartet, honing his ear and sense of harmony.

In the recording studio world that pretty much amounts to the words “give me another track.” Thanks to Les Paul who invented multi-track recording, that means we can stack notes upon notes and voice upon voice to make a big vocal sound from just Arnie alone. John and I add our voices as well but Arnie provides the wall of vocals. It’s one of the coolest parts of making our records and it is a wonderful skill. I’m glad Arnie is on our side.

Les Paul Demonstrates Multi-track RecordingLes Paul Demonstrates Multi-track Recording


On Grace’s Bell, if my memory serves me correctly, there are nineteen vocal tracks. I sang three of them and the rest is all Arnie. To put it into context, the Beatles had four tracks when they made Sgt. Pepper. FOUR.

The FOUR Tracks of Sgt. Pepper - This is very cool. The FOUR Tracks of Sgt. Pepper - This is very cool.


The Beach Boys, being in America, had eight. EIGHT. For those Beatles or Beach Boy albums, that means a lot of takes with multiple parts recorded all at once (until they’re PERFECT!) and a lot of juggling of those tracks. With digital/computer recording, tracks abound. “Give me another track” is no problem.

soundcloudClick to listen to Grace’s Bell

Lastly… all that said…. Grace’s Bell is a fun tune to play live and I think we do a good job of it with just the three voices!

ASK BR&F: Who’s Mark Yacovone?

This question comes to us from A.B. of Amherst, NH.

For those who’ve seen us play before 2008 or have any of the recordings from Fun and Games through It’s Santa Claus, you’ll know Mark Yacovone was a regular BR&F band member from 2002 until 2008.

Mark Yacovone at the Hatch ShellMark Yacovone with BR&F at Boston’s Hatch Shell.

A good friend… Mark and I were in a rock band in the early 1990’s called “The Eds.” 

In early 2002, I asked Mark if he could play some organ on the song Spin, which we were recording for the Fun and Games CD. The organ didn’t really work out but Mark had thrown his accordion in the car just in case. The accordion worked just fine! Needless to say, from that point on Mark really never left the band until… he left the band. Mark’s last show as a BR&F regular was July 11, 2008. The day we recorded Live in Lexington . The next day Mark moved to Mississippi. I really believe knowing Mark was leaving spurred us on to greater heights that evening making the Live in Lexington disc the gem that it is.
Mark Yacovone at Live in LexingtonMark Yacovone and his Tiger accordion on July 11, 2008.Mark still resides in Mississippi and is playing regularly with all kinds of great talent in all kinds of great situations. Additionally, Mark plays piano and keyboards in the house band for the Thacker Mountain Radio show. You can view some of Mark’s fine photography here.

Check out Mark at our 2005 visit to the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, NY.
Ben Rudnick and Friends: I Like Silver, I Like GoldBen Rudnick and Friends: I Like Silver, I Like Gold

ASK BR&F


Today’s question comes from SD in Arlington, MA. SD asks… 


» BR&F plays such an eclectic mix of music and your songs take listeners on the adventures of everything from amphibians to cowgirls to aliens.  I’d like to know what inspires you, in terms of songwriting.

Well… thank you for your question! As your question sort of intimates… the mix of music, topics from amphibians to aliens… saying “just about everything” would be a bit pithy but really not off the mark. One of the very cool things about being in this “family music” space, even on the left most fringe as we seem to be, is that it really allows us the ability to express ourselves in just about any style we want and discourse on just about anything we see fit. It’s unbelievably freeing. 

That said… for me, being open to the possibility of writing new songs is important. Once I’m open to the process, it’s amazing how many songs just seem to present themselves. Ideas come in from 360 degrees of possibility….
  • Something like I got a new friend, he’s an alien might have come from Emily mentioning she found a new friend at school and me extrapolating on that just a little.  

  • Cowgirl Song and it’s “yippie-yi-yo-kayee” comes from me loving that phrase as a kid and watching the Die Hard movies as an adult.   

  • A Frog Named Sam comes from me wanting to sing a song like Mark Knopfler’s Punish The Monkey.  If you listen to his song, there is really nothing similar about the songs at all. They do both have a neat drum beat thing going but for content, point of view, etc, etc, etc there are no similarities. I just happen to land on “frog,” gave said frog a name and thought how cool a chorus of frog’s singing “boom, boom, boom etc” would be. Knofpler’s song was a trigger and you can see how far I went off the rails.   

  • One of my favorites of the new song crop is Where Are the Dragons. In this case I had been reading Keith Richards book, Life, was in the flavor of how quickly and irreverently Keith and Mick wrote songs (see “When the Whip Comes Down”) and with a postcard freshly received in the mail went from “WhereThereBeDragons.com” to “Where Are The Dragons?” It was a fun song to write.     

THIS…

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BECAME….
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Where Are The Dragons?

All that said, two other points for maybe another day are:
 
1) there’s a big rhythmic quotient for me. SAM clearly has a strong rhythm. Sally Salamander has a deep groove. There has to be a big groove somewhere in the song for me. And…

2) at this point, framing a song in a certain style seems to be a choice. Putting Love is a Superpower in a Curtis Mayfield Superfly vibe was a choice. Putting the song in a totally different style would have been totally possible but that’s not what I chose to do.

 Have a “Ask BR&F” question? Ask it.