The Van Burens are about to embark upon a week of magical adventure, mystery, and wonderment. First, the VBs will make our debut this Thursday night (7.24.14) at our favorite hometown venue: Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. We’ll be joined by uber-frontwoman/superhuman and oft-VB-collaborator Haley Jane in support of the awesome Ghosts of Jupiter. This is going to be the ultimate VB show: we’ll be rocking the absolute best high-energy/intimate venue in our hometown with HJ AND the Dick Johnson Memorial Horn Section, followed by one of THE best bands around. Make like Peter Sellers and Be There! Click here for tix.
Oh, and, wait, what?, this week is ALSO VAN BUREN SUPERBOWL!?!?! Yup, that’s right, after we play a no-doubt-legendary Cambridge show on Thursday, The VBs will caravan up to Bath, NH for Jerry Jam 2014. The band has had the honor of playing the Saturday late night set for a few years running, and we are are unbelievably psyched/stoked/amped for this year’s after-midnight shenanigans. We’ve been training for Saturday night since Jerry Jam 2013:
This year’s mega-set will feature a cavalcade of guest stars and surprises, and will be part of a fantastic lineup: Melvin Seals + Jerry Garcia Band, The Samples, Rocky + The Pressers, Somerville Symphony Orkestar, and many more excellent acts. Click here for FB event and tickets, and come join us for our favorite festival of the summer!
In honor of the Van Burens’ debut at Lizard Lounge and triumphant return to Jerry Jam this week, we’ll be counting down the Top 8 Absolute Best Lizards, Lounges, Jerrys, and Jams!
#8 – Blueberry Jam
You’ve got to admit, blueberry is a solid jam. Not too sweet, and with the appropriate amount of tart to get you going in the morning. Whether it be by means of bagel, pancake, crepe, croissant, muffin, English muffin, waffle, or Belgian waffle, blueberry jam always comes through in the clutch. And anti-oxidants, ta boot!
#7 – Chez Lounge
Sammy Hagar’s chez lounge has a drawer built in. Also: weirdly, he calls it a ‘Cleopatra Bed’
The Chez Lounge (also known as a Cleopatra bed) is a semi-comfortable piece of furniture also known as a Cleopatra bed. This item sometimes referred to as a Cleopatra bed is only good for true lounging – not sitting, lazing, slouching, or lying down – but lounging like you’re a young Elizabeth Taylor playing the Queen of the Nile in a high class opium den. Try to sit down in it proper, and within half an hour you’re lounging; puffing out of a foot-long cigarette holder and wearing silk gloves twice that length, chatting with Chopin, Gertrude Stein, and James ‘The Adonis’ Polk about the link between the rise of political plurality in the 20th century and Tranceformers 4: Age of Extinction in 3D. Chez lounge is a B+. Pass the hookah.
#6 – Jim Morrison
The “Lizard King” was an experimental blues-rock poet who charted the course for generations of troubled, sensitive wildman-genius types by flying too close to the sun and crashing and burning much too young after a short-lived but important peak of creative output. The Doors were never a VB favorite, perhaps for the lack of a bass player and the band’s penchant for wandering, unfocused sections of music (although the late ’60s and early ’70s is full of noodling, and the Doors might have been amongst the best at pulling off that off-kilter sound). But Morrison and the Doors were undisputed founders of rock music, and Jim was the center of it; combining revolutionary Dylan-esque poetic imagery with his devil-may-care James Dean death wish, Jim Morrison was perhaps the first modern rock star: the life he lived onstage and off were inseparable from each other. Like the Chez Lounge (keep in mind, some people may sometimes call it a Cleopatra bed, please don’t be thrown off), Jim Morrison AKA the Lizard King gets a B+.
Check back later in the week for Lizards, Lounges, Jerrys, and Jams #5-1!