The VBs @ Lizard Lounge, Jerry Jam This Week (Part II)

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The Van Burens are wicked psyched for this week’s run of shows:  first we debut at our favorite hometown venue (Thursday @ Lizard Lounge in Cambridge w. HALEY JANE in support of Ghosts of Jupiter) then we head up to Jerry Jam in Bath, NH for VB SuperBowl (a mega-epic set with lotsa fun surprises late Saturday night) (click the links or check Monday’s blog post for set times, tickets, and more details).  In fact, we are so wickedly psyched for Lizard Lounge and Jerry Jam that this week we are running the ultimate countdown:  that’s right, we’re going from #8 to #1 listing the all-time greatest lizards, lounges, Jerrys, and jams.  Check Monday’s post for #8-6, let’s pick it back up with #5.

Nota Bene: Due to the arcane Van Buren voting system (our selection method involved blindfolds, darts, and bowlful after bowlful of peeled red grapes) our number five pick for best lizard, lounge, Jerry, or jam wound up being a Five-Way tie between some fantastic jams, a couple legendary Jerrys, and one heck of a lizard. Go figure.

#5 – Jerry Stiller
An all-time Jerry, Zoolander’s dad/agent is most famous as George Costanza’s loud, bombastic, neurotic father from Seinfeld. Cheers to Jerry’s brilliantly over-the-top performance and happy Festivus to all!

#5 – Velociraptors
And I hear what you’re saying. “P. Bear! Velociraptors are soooo played! Why not dig for the dinosaur fossil deep cuts? Like the Spinosaurus, still the world’s all-time largest carnivore? Or the Excalibosaurus, a giant aquatic reptile with a giant sword nose and a sweeeet name?   Or even that little fan-neck dinosaur that spits on Newman in Jurassic Park….much hipper than raptors.”

Well-researched points all, dear reader, and always I appreciate a Seinfeld reference.  But velociraptors are so cunning, so agile, so fast, so athletic (they’re the only dinosaur with an NBA team after them), so smoooooth….. admit it, if you were a dinosaur it would be most fun to be a velociraptor.  And just imagine lunchtime!

#5 – Pearl Jam

This classic Seattle “grunge” crew fronted by the Hon. Edward Vedder would have made #1 on this list had they simply taken their famous “grunge”-style song “Jeremy” and renamed it “Jerry.”  What a missed opportunity!  Still, Pearl Jam remains an all-time jam and today takes its rightful place amongst the greatest lizards, Jerrys, and lounges.

#5 – Jheri Curls

Well technically not a “Jerry,” Jheri curls cannot be denied in terms of cultural impact.  Jheri curls are glamorous.  Jehri curls are glistening.  Jheri curls are by far the world’s most popular hairstyle, outpacing even such luminaries as the Flat-Top, the Rachel, the Inverted Chattanooga 9-Point Mullet, the Hipster Hitler, and the Bowl Cut you had that long summer between third and sixth grade.   Scratch that, Jheri curls aren’t even a hairstyle to being with; Jheri curls are a hair way-of-life.  Let your soul glow!

 Strawberry Jam:

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Factoring in flavor, consistency, versatility, spreadablity, availability, as well as several very personal aesthetic considerations, I give strawberry jam a rating three-and-a-half thumbs pointing generally upward.  In honor of strawberry jam and all five of today’s #5 honorable lizards, Jerrys, and jams, let’s listen to their favorite song: “Lounge Jam”!

 

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Van Burens @ Lizard Lounge, Jerry Jam This Week!

being-thereThe 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

gluten-free-pectin-free-sugar-free-blueberry-jamYou’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

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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

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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!

 

 

 

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The Van Burens: Media Darlings

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Van Burens are hot off an amazing show/fanboy danceparty at this past weekend’s Disc Jam at Camp Coldbrook, where we caught some killer acts (Consider the Source, Dub Apocalypse, Lespecial, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Club D’Elf, so many more….) and did a little shredding of our own.  A fantastic time was had by all, and it was cool to be part of such an absurdly great lineup of acts.  Good on ya, Disc Jam!

Check out this interview the VBs did for internet music & style magazine PensEyeView about our recent EP Presidential Lovefest.  It’s a fun read with answers ranging from insightful to insane; there’s talk about the album, our influences, our dream gig locations, our dream collaborators…..give it a look-see, and if you haven’t heard it yet, surrender your ears to the sweet sounds of our EP. 

Catch the Van Burens next Wednesday night (6.25) at the super-hip Providence, RI venue the Spot Underground followed by Saturday night (6.28) at Harlow’s in Peterborough, NH.

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The Van Burens @ Disc Jam This Weekend!

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People of Massachusetts, New England, planet Earth, and beyond:  catch the Van Burens this weekend rocking out and getting groovy as part of the absurdly great Disc Jam Festival 2014 this weekend (6.13-15) at Camp Coldbrook in Barre, MA.  Disc Jam is a festival dedicated to disc golf (AKA frisbee golf AKA frolf AKA a really good time), camping in the scenic Massachusetts Summer, and great music; and boy oh boy is the lineup killer this year (Club D’Elf, Dopapod, Ghost of Jupiter, Haley Jane and the Primates, the Breakfast, the Indobox, the Hornitz, Twiddle, and so many more!).  The VBs will be playing the SUNDAY 12:30-1:30 in the Disc Jam Music Hall venue, but we’ll also be hanging out Saturday and Sunday, sharing in a groove and fanboying all over the place.  Come catch the VBs’ set and join us in enjoying a great weekend of camping and amazing bands!  VBs roll in Saturday and play Sunday early afternoon.  Click here for the FB event and more infoClick here for tickets.

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Van Burens in Jamaica Plain Wednesday

The VBs will be making their debut at the Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna restaurant in Jamaica Plain, MA this Wednesday night (6.4.14) as part of the venue’s weekly Summer Music Series.  The show is FREE, all ages, and will feature Harpoon beer in the garden patio.  Sign me up!  It’s an early show (6-9 pm) so you young professionals and parents can come party and then be home by bed time.  Come out ‘n’ boogie!  Click here for FB event and more info.

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Thanks Bar Habor– See you in August!

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Van Burens @ Strange Brew Saturday

Come hear, feel, see, and taste/smell the Van Burens at the wicked fun Strange Brew Pub in Norwich, CT Saturday (tomorrow!) night. Formerly the High Noon Saloon, Strange Brew is one of New England’s rising stars; a cool, friendly mid-size bar that continually books killer acts. Let’s get funky!

Also, make sure to save the date next Saturday night, Mother’s Day Eve, for the Van Burens’ Sorry Mom Pajama Jam, a pajama party rocker blowout for kids from one to 92. We will be taking over the beautiful Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, NH for an evening of music and fun with local prog.rock.gods Amulus and Boston’s own folk.rock.Americana wunderkinds Hayley Jane and the Primates. Many will recall our recent smashing tour with Hayley Jane, a beautiful brilliant kick-ass WonderWoman frontperson. Well this will be all that and more as she takes the stage with her own crew for a set (and perhaps sneaks into the VB set maybe? Possibly? for sure?) Click here for FB event and info, and make sure to bring your mom!

P.S. – If any Mass locals need a ride to this event, feel free to drop the band a line at vanburenmusic@gmail.com and we will figure something out.

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Van Burens in Pawtucket + Burlington This Weekend!

Catch the Van Burens Friday early evening (tonight) when we make our debut at the Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, RI at part of the Bucket’s Sound Check Sessions, a craft brew tasting + live music + ticket giveaway + pizza party. Sounds like the best shindig imaginable. The party is from 6-9, so come join the VBs for a fun weekend kickoff. Click here for the FB event and more info.

Find us Saturday and Sunday early afternoons at Burlington’s ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science center, performing as part of their Mudfest Earth Day celebration. Saturday night we will be returning to the awesome Red Square in beautiful downtown Burlington.

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Toad 4.9.14

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A lot of great people came out to show some Wednesday night love(Slow Cooker!).

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The Van Burens + Hayley Jane @ Electric Haze Tonight!

The Van Burens and our pal, the incredibly talented superfrontwoman Hayley Jane, are hot off an awesome show last night at Toad in Cambridge. Thanks so much to all the folks who came out and packed the place! Tonight you can find us heading west, young man, to our debut show at the legendary Electric Haze in Worcester. The show will also feature ska/reggae crew the All Good Feel Good Collective, so come out out ‘n’ get funky with us! Click here for FB event and more info. Catch us later in the week when we hit up Harlow’s in Petersborough, NH followed by a Saturday afternoon show at the Cannonball Pub in Franconia, NH and Saturday night at Penuche’s in Concord, NH.

Here’s a few vids from last evening’s action. Thanks so much to Jon Doherty for filming.

Abie Baby:

Crazy Show:

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