The Diggity Dudes
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The Diggity Dudes

Midlothian, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Midlothian, Virginia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Review: The Diggity Dudes
Have a kid in your life? You might want to introduce him or her to Richmond's Diggity Dudes. The Dudes present an uptempo and addictive mix of kid-friendly tunes that induce frenzy and delight. With "Hip Music for Hip Kids," the Diggity Dudes sound like a blend of Weird Al, They Might Be Giants, and PBS Kids favorites. Having formed in 2009, the Diggity Dudes are making waves throughout the region and beyond. In fact, the band's song "My Science Project" was named #3 on the Kids Corner Top 10 Songs of 2011 by WXPN in Philadelphia. Check them out at www.thediggitydudes.com. - Mike Ferry


Review: The Diggity Dudes
Have a kid in your life? You might want to introduce him or her to Richmond's Diggity Dudes. The Dudes present an uptempo and addictive mix of kid-friendly tunes that induce frenzy and delight. With "Hip Music for Hip Kids," the Diggity Dudes sound like a blend of Weird Al, They Might Be Giants, and PBS Kids favorites. Having formed in 2009, the Diggity Dudes are making waves throughout the region and beyond. In fact, the band's song "My Science Project" was named #3 on the Kids Corner Top 10 Songs of 2011 by WXPN in Philadelphia. Check them out at www.thediggitydudes.com. - Mike Ferry


Review: The Diggity Dudes
Have a kid in your life? You might want to introduce him or her to Richmond's Diggity Dudes. The Dudes present an uptempo and addictive mix of kid-friendly tunes that induce frenzy and delight. With "Hip Music for Hip Kids," the Diggity Dudes sound like a blend of Weird Al, They Might Be Giants, and PBS Kids favorites. Having formed in 2009, the Diggity Dudes are making waves throughout the region and beyond. In fact, the band's song "My Science Project" was named #3 on the Kids Corner Top 10 Songs of 2011 by WXPN in Philadelphia. Check them out at www.thediggitydudes.com. - Mike Ferry


If you were one of the thousands who came out to DiggityFEST in mid-September, you were lucky enough to hear a few tracks off of The Diggity Dudes highly-anticipated second CD, Presidential Physical Fitness Test. This follow-up to My Science Project, their debut CD that gave us such catchy tunes as Dirty Teeth and Don’t Bite Your Buddy, doesn’t disappoint, and soon you too will be humming along to a whole new batch of Diggity songs.

The Diggity Dudes’ music is perfect for all ages, but the themes of the songs on the new CD are really geared for the five and up crowd. When you just can’t stand one more rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but you don’t want to introduce Top 40 into the household just yet, pop in a Dudes CD. This is a band that kids and parents alike thoroughly enjoy, and I must admit, I have been known to listen to the songs when my kids aren’t even around! If you like Toad the Wet Sprocket or the Gin Blossoms, these guys are for you. The songs are primarily rock, with a little light rap attempt tossed in for good measure with the title track. And just like a good Toad CD, you’ll get a little country feel on a few tracks, like Skunk, which reminds me of The Mississippi Squirrel Revival by Ray Stevens (do let me know if you’ve heard of it!). Ice Cream was a favorite song for my six year-old, taking the first verse in before saying, “Oh, that’s funny! The guy is saying he’ll trade anything on his lunch tray except his ice cream!”

And yes, the kids (and grown-ups) can learn a thing or two from the CD. Grover Cleveland is a track that reminds us about some of the forgotten presidents and even manages to run down the full list of presidents, as if to challenge us all to learn it to sing along with them. (Challenge accepted, Dudes!)

Visit www.thediggitydudes.com to purchase a copy of the CD and for a schedule of upcoming performances. - Richmond Family Magazine


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Good grade for Dudes' Fitness Test
BY KATHY O'CONNELL

CD: Presidential Physical Fitness Test, the Diggity Dudes

The Diggity Dudes’ latest CD illustrates the band’s attention to musical excellence. This energetic collection of witty tunes can enhance curriculum or work as a great standalone musical experience.

Opener “Disco Traveler” grabs you with horns and rhythm, then sneaks in some geography. “Grover Cleveland” sparks a litany of presidential names. The title song’s hip-hop affirmation of the joy of movement is hypnotic.

The CD’s quality continues through the closer, the 70s-tinged saga of “Sugar Coaster” mixing good nutrition with good music. - Metro Kids - Philadelphia PA


Diggity Dudes' My Science Project lands #3 spot on WXPN's Kids Corner Top 10 Songs of 2011. - Kids Corner on WXPN 88.5 (Philadelphia)


If you’re a BNL fan, or generally appreciative of quirky, cool music for your kids, this is a must-have. In their debut effort, the local Dudes have served up a batch of memorable tunes families will thoroughly enjoy. The lyrics speak to kids and stick to your ribs, while the music covers all genres and is surprisingly sophisticated. Our favorites? The title track’s a big winner, along with Don’t Bite Your Buddy, Jump in the Air, and Clean Up. Available on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. - Richmond Family Magazine


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I don’t know of another song in the kid’s music oeuvre so explicitly about being either line leader or door holder, yet these are two absolutely crucial topics in the life of a 1st and 2nd grader. The Bear and I have had more conversations about which in-school task she prefers, who got in trouble and was no longer allowed to fulfill their duties, and why door holders in her 1st grade classroom have all the fun, than we have had about dinosaurs, giraffes, or tricycles combined! Yet there are endless kid’s songs about that triumvirate.
So kudos to The Diggity Dudes for exploring the anticipation of a teacher’s decision and the unbridled joy of being the one picked to serve proudly as line leader for the day.
The music on “Who’s The Line Leader” wins too, with a picked banjo, supple mandolin fills, soothing acoustic guitar, and a confident backbeat. Vocally, the Dudes’ two voices mesh perfectly in telling this simple story of want, expectation, and hope. Every school kid is gonna know these feelings well and should really enjoy this one. For frame of reference, think fellow southerners The Baby Grands in tone, tempo, and craftsmanship.
A young child’s entire school day can be made simply by being chosen to act as line leader or door holder. Few non-ice cream or superhero related things are capable of bringing as much joy to a 6, 7 or 8 year old. Thankfully, we’ve now got a song to celebrate this. - Jeff Bogle - Out With The Kids (OWTK.com)


Discography

My Science Project - 2010 (self released)
Presidential Physical Fitness Test - 2012 (self released)

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"When you say Diggity, we say Dude!"

The Diggity Dudes play hip music for hip kids and their equally hip parents. A typical set covers everything from pet rocks to disco moves to science experiments to presidential physical fitness, all delivered via ultra-catchy melodies over funky and danceable grooves. Interactive skits, audience participation and a lighthearted comedic twist are what make a Diggity Dudes show more than a show - it's truly an experience. Ultimately, the Dudes are committed to helping provide all the young Dudes and Dudettes with an opportunity to experience the power and joy of a life enriched by music.

After many years of playing "grown up music,” Diggity Dudes Mike Hartsfield and Donny Atkins began writing a catalog of catchy songs for their kids. The Dudes decided if their kids liked what they heard, others would too. In December of 2009, Mike and Donny began work on what would become their debut album, My Science Project, which was released on June 5th, 2010 at Richmond’s famed CMoR (Children’s Museum of Richmond). The positive response to the record has been far and wide, including reviews in both regional and national press (Richmond Family Magazine, zooglobble.com, OWTK.com) and radio play on WXPN's Kids' Corner (Philadelphia).

2011 was an incredible year of growth for the band. In addition to a consistent tour schedule that's taken the band to MD, DC, PA, and all over VA, the Dudes spearheaded Virginia's first and only all-kids-music festival, DiggityFEST. The festival included arts & crafts, a wide variety of food vendors, roving entertainment, and 4 incredible bands, including headliner Dan Zanes & Friends. Needless to say, the success of the festival has made this an annual event, and is Virginia's 3rd most popular family festival.

Also, the Dude's song My Science Project (title track off their debut record) landed at #3 on WXPN's Kids Corner (Philadelphia) Top 10 Songs of 2011, an honorable accolade given Kids Corner's vast reach and lofty position in the kids music industry. And finally, to cap off an already wildly successful year, the Dudes welcomed their newest members, Diggity Tod Ellsworth, on bass guitar and Diggity Mark Henderson on drums, with very special appearances throughout the year by everyone's favorite Keyboard player Nathan "Mr. Molecule" Brown.

In 2012, The Dudes released their 2nd record, "Presidential Physical Fitness Test" which has become a mainstay on childrens radio almost instantly. With a video to accompany the title track, the Dudes have continued to play over 100 shows annually bringing loads of energy and great music your way. DIG IT!!!

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