If you must put him in a box, make sure it’s a big box! Undefinable by genre, crossing over and through folk, rock, singer-songwriter, and kids music, Dan Bern is a captivating live performer with a loyal, multi-generational following. He has written thousands of songs, released dozens of albums, and played shows across North America and Europe–from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall, and he most recently opened for The Who.
Dan’s songs have appeared in numerous films (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” “Get Him to the Greek” “The Bubble” “Zero Effect”) and TV shows (Amazon Prime’s award-winning kids program “The Stinky & Dirty Show”).
A rare, and true renaissance artist, Dan is the author of several books, is a prolific painter, has his own podcast, and internet radio station. During Covid, his online “Hunkered in the Bunker” shows developed their own passionate community of followers. His topical sports songs are regularly featured on “The Tony Kornheiser Show.”
Randy has performed for audiences of all ages in theaters, clubs, museums, and schools throughout the U.S., including storied venues such as Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y Tribeca, and the Jewish Museum in New York City and The Getty Museum, The Troubadour, and The Roxy in Los Angeles. His songs have been staples on SiriusXM Radio for over a decade, and his recordings have won top honors from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and The Parents Choice Foundation. Randy’s blend of American Roots Music and Comedic Storytelling has inspired the likes of NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and People magazine to name him one of the nation’s top entertainers. As indebted to The Marx Brothers and Steve Martin as he is to Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie, he is “offbeat, smart and funny, funny, funny!” (Mindy Thomas, SiriusXM Radio and NPR’s Wow in the World co-host). Randy’s work has been commissioned by Disney and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. He co-wrote and starred in the musical comedy CLEAVE, which was staged at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Randy has acted in theater, on films, and on television shows such as Growing Pains, Beauty and the Beast, and A Different World; he has also had his writing published in several periodicals and journals and won three ASCAP awards for his work. Randy teaches English literature and composition at Cranbrook’s Horizons–Upward Bound (HUB) program and at Farber Hebrew Day School (where he also leads the Creative Writing and Theater programs). Randy lives with his wife, son, and dog in Oakland County, Michigan.