October 2010 was definitely a month to remember. The Ben Rudnick and Friends 10th anniversary show was great. Playing with such a large ensemble is always a thrill and everyone in attendance had a great time. The Lichen/Silk City show was a personal thrill for me. Having Barry Mitterhoff sit in with Lichen was amazing and when both bands played together at the end was the icing on the cake. I would like to thank everyone that attended. I've been getting nothing but positive comments from everyone…Read more
John Zevos, guitarist/mandolinist/composer music educator
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On Sunday 10/24/10 Ben Rudnick and Friends played our 10th anniversary show. It was, as Ben said, like the Ben Rudnick Rolling Thunder Review. All kinds of special guests including a horn section, Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies, the Lovely Diane of Lichen, and Buddy Cage of NRPS. I also have to mention accordion wizard Mark Yacovone. Mark and I shared stage right in BR&F for many years. It was great to play with him as always and it just makes me notice how much I miss performing with him. Thanks…Read more
It's been a while since I have posted on this page and it's not because there is nothing happening. Quite the opposite, I've had a very musical few months since I last posted, but I have to post now because I'm excited about two shows I'm playing this month. As you probably know, I have been playing in Ben Rudnick and Friends since it began 10 years ago and I'm happy to say that we're having our 10th anniversary show at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Mass. on October 24th. We will be having many…Read more
Last night the Timberlane Guitar Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble performed their annual spring concert at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center. The students did a wonderful job with a wide variety of music. A couple of highlights were the music from the Super Mario video game and "Layla" which was performed with the combined Orchestra and Ensemble. Congratulations to everyone that participated. You all did a great job and I am very proud of you. I am already looking forward to and planning for next…Read more
Things are very busy, but going well. The problem with being busy is trying to find enough time to do things like update this webpage. Last week I brought the Timberlane Guitar Orchestra to perform at the NHMEA All State Conference in Concord, NH and Festival 21 in Boston, MA. The Orchestra played very well at both events and I am extremely proud of them. We have made great strides in our first year and I am really looking forward to next year already I will be attending Mandolin Camp North this…Read more
My summer schedule is filling up nicely. Hope to see you at some of these shows. A couple of highlights are Earthfest in Boston, the Strange Creek Festival in May, and our first trip to Colorado! I am also very pleased that we are heading back to Philadelphia in November to play again at World Cafe Live. We had a great time there I've begun work on my next guitar. Actually I am building three instruments at the same time, another guitar, a bass for my son Chris, and an 8 string electric mandolin. I…Read more
Things have been very hectic but going well. For the past year or so in my spare time I have been building my first guitar. I finished it the last week of February and used it at a Lichen gig 2 days later. It sounded and played great and I have already begun my next one. Di is my inlay artist and she put a nice abalone Z on the headstock. There is a picture of this guitar at the top of my home page. If anyone is interested in a custom made electric guitar, please contact me Ben Rudnick and Friends…Read more
The end of the year is always a busy time. Between concerts at school performances, teaching, and trying to finish the guitar I'm building, it doesn't leave much time to try and get some Christmas shopping done. That's ok, it will get done and I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. I'll be going down to Boston tonight to pick up Christos for his winter break and it will be great to have him back at the house. Di is keeping very busy with her new side business, DiZigns. If anyone needs…Read more
Hey everybody, I hope you all had a good Halloween and are enjoying the beginning of November. I just want to mention that I will be sitting in the my friend Andy's band, Blue Light Rain, this Sat. night at Penuche's in Manchester. From what I understand, it will be a night of Good Old Grateful Dead, which is always fine with me. Hope to see you there.
Last weekend was gig-free and the down time was welcomed as I got to spend some extra time with Di and work on the electric guitar I am currently building. It's my first attempt and I must say so far so good. I'll post some pictures soon. This weekend I will be back at it with 3 BR&F gigs and a Lichen gig on Saturday night. I feel truly lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love to do - music. Check out the calendar page to see where I'll be and please stop by to check out the tunes and say…Read more