VBs Across Mass!


How do you like them apples!?

Catch the Van Burens around Boston this holiday season!  Wednesday night (12.17) we are moonlighting as Hayley Jane’s backing band the Primates (with Justin “Juice” Hancock) as part of Wobble Wednesday at Wonderbar in Allston.  Friday night (12.19) the VBs head to the Spotlight Tavern in Beverly to play with North Shore powerhouse TeraFunk, a band helmed by the VB’s own Lady Lizard Nicole Henley.   Click the links for the FB events and more info, and find us rocking with the ladies of the VB Family Band!

The Van Burens will celebrate Boxing Day (12.26) at the awesome Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge as a teaser appetizer to our extended residency: starting January 24th, we will be playing the Middle East Corner bar every first and third Saturday of the month!  Oh wow!

But mark your calendars for our even wilder residency and catch the Van Buren Family Roadshow, a wild variety show of music, comedy, and much more every Tuesday in January at our favorite hometown venue, the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge.  We’ve been working very hard to make each Roadshow event unique and special, so make sure to join us!


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William Henry Harrison (1773-1841)

Hey everybody, it’s the VBs’ latest music video!  Watch!  as the Van Burens and their freaky friends convene to celebrate the life and death of William Henry Harrison, the worst President in the history of the United States, with a ceremonial funky funeral dance party!  Marvel!  at a macabre march with wandering weirdos and boogie-ing boogey-men getting down in a fiendish festival for a Commander-in-chief of such little effect, he makes James Buchanan look like James K. Polk!

Turn it up, fullscreen it, and buckle your socks.

Thanks! to all who made our music video possible: Chris + Abel Bernstein, Jennie Berglund + Danielle Myers, the Knoxes, Kings, Smiths, and Spitzes, and to our amazing cast who came from far and wide to look great and get weird with us!

Gadzooks!  The Van Burens will be taking this parade of misfits to the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA every Tuesday in January when we premiere the Van Buren Family Roadshow, a variety show-in-residence jam-packed with special guests, surprises, and new music every week.  Come one, come all!  Click the fine artwork by Caleb Williamson for FB event and more info.


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Jim King took some photos I wanted to share with you from our epic 10.10 show at the Middle East Downstairs last week with a line-up of line-ups!  Be sure to keep your ears on everyone from the night: The Wondermics, Rocky and The Pressers, and Big Mean Sound Machine.  Thanks to everyone who came out for this special evening, we will definitely be doing it again; way too much fun.

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VBs All Over This Weekend

imageFind the Van Burens across New England this weekend.  We will be at Charlie O’s World Famous when we make our Montpelier, VT debut this Thursday, followed by our return to Fury’s in Dover, NH Friday night and of course of course of course the excellent Carmen Verandah’s in Bar Harbor, ME on Saturday night.  Look out, Massachusetts’ northern neighbors, the Van Burens are comin atcha!  For our fans in Boston and beyond, remember that our Middle East Downstairs show Cambridge with the Wondermics, Rocky & the Pressers, and Big Mean Sound Machine is Friday 10.10, less than two weeks away.  VBs have exclusive pre-sale tix, so hit us up at vanburenmusic@gmail.com to get yours today!

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10.10.14 – The Horniest Night of the Year


Get your tickets today for the Van Burens’ blowout party at the Middle East Downstairs Friday 10.10.14. We’ll be joined by Boston soul giants The Wondermics well as the aptly-titled The Big Mean Sound Machine and our old pals Rocky and the Pressers - reggae crew for the 21st century. Given that all acts are super funky, wildly fun bands featuring brass and wood winds, this show is being accurately billed as the Horniest Night of the Year. It’s going to be a romper-stompin’ jaw-droppin’, eeeeeelectrifyin’ evening of music and other earthly delights from some killer groups at a great Cambridge venue (many thanks to the awesome high energy crowd that come out for our Middle East Corner show this past weekend). Join us! We’ve got tix hot off the presses (a mere $10 in advance) so email us at vanburenmusic@gmail.com to reserve yours today! Click here for the FB event and more info.

Catch us this Thursday night at the excellent Electric Haze in Worcester with Rocky and the Pressers and Friday night at the Dutch Treat in Franconia, NH for the annual Pirate Party!

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Hear ye, Hear ye!

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Van Burens at Middle East Corner Friday Night

The VBs are hitting up Cambridge this Friday evening (9.12.14) with a booty-shaking-funk-rock-styled musical show at the Middle East Corner Bar! We take the stage at 10 and will boogie down all evening. The MECB is an awesome intimate venue perfect for a high energy Friday night with the VBs. Click for FB event and tix. Music-loving folk of Boston should also mark their calendars for our 10.10.14 show at the Middle East downstairs with the Wondermics, Rocky and the Pressers, and The Big Mean Sound Machine. Already being billed as “the hornets evening of the year” (all bands will feature brass sections), 10.10 is an event not to be missed. Click for FB event and tix

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Van Burens in Jamaica Plain Tonight

Catch the VBs rocking the Milky Way Lounge in JP tonight (9.3.14). We will be kicking off their Fall Music Series after a successful summer run. The Milky Way is a hip venue – part high-end bar, part rock club, part outdoor cafe, all awesome – and it’s an excellent spot to groove with the Van Burens. The show is FREE and ALL AGES and with a 6-9 pm set time, it’s perfect for working folks and parents. Click here for FB event and more info!

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Bingo. Bango. Bongo.

What up ya’ll?  This year has been a crazy ride for the VBs, and for many of our dearest.  Hang in, hang tough, and help each other out.


Check out this super cool new video from Kawehi!

ANTHEM – By Kawehi (Off of my newest EP, Robot Heart) from Kawehi on Vimeo.

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The Van Burens in Quincy Friday Night!


The VBs are this week playing our first gig in a long time in our true hometown: Quincy, MA, fittingly known as the City of Presidents. The band has lived at our undisclosed bunker location in Q-town for several years now, but we’ve yet to make the short trek to rock the amazing Beachcomber on Wolly Beach as we will on Friday night (8.8) Quincy has been an inspiration, not only for its ties to America’s founding, but also for its progressivism, diversity, and multiple sushi restaurants. To paraphrase Mister Rogers (and imagine all the VBs changing their shoes for the proper effect here) “won’t you be our neighbor?” Come join us at the legendary South Shore venue the Beachcomber this Friday night (did I mention it’s in Quincy, the City of Presidents?) for an excellent evening of music and mirth. We will start shortly after 9.

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