Now usually we don't do this but uhh.......our monthly residency at the Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge AKA the Middle East (normally and unto perpetuity on the second Friday of the month) will for the month of June be celebrated on the Fist Friday of the month June 1st! What a special occasion! Come get funky and weird with the VBs in our natural habitat! June 2 we will be headed down south to Bridgeport, CT to blow up BRYAC with the fantastic Haunting Titans.
The Van Buren Family Roadcast is back...kinda! We got pre-emped this week by a very special announcement from the Prez himself counting down his favorite - if controversial - standup comedians. NSFW for naughty language. Enjoy!
Check out our live set from the Hive in Keene, NH a few weeks back....now available for your ears on Archive! This was a fun one, thanks so much to Dr. Dan Russ for recording and to Val and Pablo and the Hive crew for setting up such an awesome weekend! How's about that drum solo in Shakebum? Not bad! Click the pic of Bumblebee Man for the link!
The Van Buren Family Roadcast - our musical sketch comedy podcast - is back with a very special short mini-sode! Listen to "The Tale of the Van in the Snowbank", a fairy-tale about a group of musicians running into trouble late on night in a small New England town. It's based on a true story! Listen wherever you find quality podcasts or right here on soundcloud!
The VBs are back making music near a tiny desk as part of NPR's annual Tiny Desk Contest! This year enjoy the one and only Dylan Chandler fronting the crew singing his tune "Bush Crime" - a fan fave. Big ups to Dyl and the whole crew for crushing it live on tape.
A big happy birthday to VB keys player and the guy with an eye for a pie....the Pizza King! PK is the jazzman of the Van Burens, and his sound on the boards is the signature of the VBs. Check out this playlist of tunes for, about, and by the PK himself!
A big happy 333rd birthday to the OG Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the greatest composer and most talented musician of all time. Dude was the original badass keys player, tearing up nasty improvs on the harpsichord or organ - even violin like it ain't no thing. JSB had the pedigree - he was the umpteenth generation of the legendary musical Bach family; he had the dedication - a young Johann was known to walk hundreds of miles (Uber had yet to be invented) to catch Buxtehude shredding organ solo gigs; and he had the skills that thrill. Bach would astound folks with his once-in-a-millennia abilities. Here's how it would usually go:
Viscount of Saxony: Twenty-four ducats to the man who can improvise a six-part fugue on a theme derived from my initials!
JSB: Hold my beer.
Royals (nodding along to sweet jams): Wow!
A favorite anecdote: Bach had twenty kids. Damn dude wrap it up! He also liked to take long baths, like a true diva. So his poor wife would be dealing with her prodigious prodigies - keeping their knickers clean, making gruel for lunch, trying to keep the kids from catching typhoid, yaknow 18th century stuff - and old Johann would be playing with his rubber ducky and making a bubble bath beard! But Mrs. Bach had an ingenious trick to get daddy out of the tub. She would go to the keyboard and play a scale "do-ra-me-fa-so-la-ti" and then stop before the final "do". Bach, his ears enraged, would jump out of the tub naked, race to the keys, and play the final note.
JSB's shadow looms large even centuries later; the VBs even paid homage to bro many years ago, courtesy of Sears Auto Center:
What's the best Bach? He was far too prolific to choose one piece, but his gorgeous and devastating Chaccone in D-minor for solo violin is a personal favorite, perhaps because VB buddy Buddha used to practice it all the time in college:
Look Max, it's Jascha Heifetz! Our boy and modern piano giant Brad Mehldau today released an album of Bach performances and original pieces inspired by JSB. Check it out, y'all!
The VBs are psyched for a last-minute show popping up this Saturday night when we hit up the beautiful Opus in Salem, MA. Opus is a glorious room with great sound and a high-quality bar. It's always a top-notch evening. Things will get swinging right at 9 pm, so be ready to get rowdy! 21+
The Van Buren Family Roadcast - our musical comaedic podcast featuring the VB Family - is back for a very special Presidential Lovefest episode! Listen for some fantastic skits and bits and fun from the fam!
2:32 A slice of advice
7:42 Presidential Band Practice
15:21 Presidential Catchphrase Carousel
20:28 A Love story from Red Herring
24:50 The Beet Boys
28:27 A lost Disney classic
36:26 A visit from Cupid
47:55 Presidential Shoutouts
Catch the VBs at our traditional second-Friday-of-the-month throwdown/blowout residency at the Middle East Corner Bar in the heart of Cambridge's Central Square. The MidEastCornBar shows are always a super high-energy time wherein we get to do some of our craziest attempts at musical oddness. It's a super-duper dance party! Click the pic for FB event and more info.
Come jam with the VBs this Saturday night at our home-away-from-home the Dutch Treat in Franconia, NH. It's gonna be a heckuva night! Click the pic for FB event and more info.
The Van Burens are back to ring in 2018 in style with our pals Skunk Jesus at Maggy's Lounge in our hometown Quincy, MA this very special Sunday night. A $15 ticket will get you pizza all night, dessert, a champagne toast, and music from some of the best around! Get there! 9pm start, 21+ Click the pic for FB event and more details.
The Van Buren Family Roadshow, the musical-comaedic variety show brought to you by the Van Burens and uber-talented extended family is back for one night only at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge this December 14th! Check out our sure-to-be-wicked-funny one-off Holiday Pageant for a fun, funny time. After the Pageant our funky pals Terrafunk - featuring the Lizard Queen Nicole Henley - will play some killer dance tunes! Mark Dec 14 on your calendar, and click the pic for FB event and more info!
Hey haha, check us out! The Van Burens are BACK at the Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge's Central Square as part of our second-Friday-of-the-month residency! We will be bringing the noise AND the funk, so come out for the best dance party in the Bay State!
10pm 21+ $8
Listen to the latest episode of the Van Buren Family RoadCast, our musico-comaedic aural podcastular spectacular! Check out "Spooking in Tongues" our Halloween special featuring super-fun games, skits, and bits from the VBs and our uber-talented extended family.
Step into the Vault, our collection of previously-unreleased musical odd-and-ends to hear the latest addition: the very first Van Burens song "Arnold Timber", a latin-infused jam about a tree falling on Smitty's house while he was showering. We wrote it when we all lived in Providence ten summers ago. Credit to Spitzy and Smitty for the always-great guitar work!
Join the VBs and jamtronica all-stars Tweed at Wonder Bar in Allston this Wednesday night (10.25) for an awesome evening of dance music and pre-Halloween super good times! Click the pic for FB event and more details!
9pm 21+ $5
Check out the Vault, our ever-expanding deep dive playlist of previously-unreleased odds and ends from the VB's entire career. It's been fun going trough all of this stuff as we're recording and writing the next batch of new VB tunes. Some of these old tracks are a bit immature and embarrassing, some are shockingly high-quality and inspiring. We'll be continually updating and rearranging the list until we run out of material, so keep checking back! Click the pic or use the 'Music' tab to listen. Here's what we got so far:
Open the Vault - Join Mr. McGee as he uses the secret password to open the mysterious vault.
Dump it In - One of many Mcgee soundscapes in the vault. Featuring our pals Waxy and Alpha over the top of an old VB band exercise.
Adults - A shimmering, time-switching PBear tune featuring Buddha on violin as well as our old pal Slowcooker and his wife Rachel on sax and flute.
The Five Senses - McGee, PBear, Pizza King, Smitty, and Spitzy each wrote a unique verse dedicated to one of the five senses. Only one sound isn't made by the human body. Can you find it?
Martin: Part I - One of the very first VB tunes is an ode to Prez MVB and his lovable VP Dick Johnson. Sweet guitar work at the end from Spitzy.
Clap Until Next Tuesday - This old performance piece written by McGee verges on the realm of high-art music made by a bunch of young beat bowls.
Catch the Van Burens for a very special Wednesday night of grooves and tunes at the wonderous Wonderbar in Allston!
Philadelphia's funktronica powerhouse, Tweed, is filling dance floors with their high-energy fusion of funk, rock, and electronica. Just as their namesake fabric of mingling colors and textures, Tweed has interwoven a psychedelic web of high energy performance and improvisation. Their collaboration can take listeners from multi-layered visions through the psyche to sweaty, raging, disco dance parties driven by their own incessant beat. With national tours, countless festival appearances, and a uniquely cohesive sound, they have proven they can bring the fun anywhere they go.
Yeaaaaah check us out! Catch what all the "buzz" is about - VBs Live at the Hive this Saturday night! We are bringing the noise AND the funk AND especially the sexy nerd jams to gorgeous downtown Keene, NH. The Hive is a cool co-working space that hosts some very interesting events, check them out here, and click here for the VBs Live at the Hive FB event!