The VBs are hitting Boston hard in April when we make our years-awaited return to the fantastic, legendary Brighton Music Hall to open up for our long-time best friend band Hayley Jane and the Primates. Catch some of Boston’s finest weirdos making beautiful music at one of the best venues around April 5th! Click here for FB event, tix, and more info!
Join the VBs at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy (the City of Presidents) for a very special TGIF event! We will be kicking out an hour set at this FREE early show! Come on out and get funky with books! 3.39 6pm 21+ FREE Click the pic for FB event and more details.
The Van Burens - the official band of the City of Presidents Quincy, MA - are returning to the excellent Maggy’s Lounge in our hometown Oct. 26 for a very special Halloween throwdown. Join us for the spookiest dance party around as we rool through two spine-tingling sets of VB favorites and Halloween jams. Show starts at 9. Costume encouraged but not required. Click here for FB event and more info.
Soup yes! Catch the Van Burens and many other amazing acts at the wonderful SoupStock in Shelton, CT. We are hitting Saturday (9.29) afternoon at 2pm….tickets are $20 for the day, including two stages of music and an entry in the soup competition. Click the pick for FB event and more details!
The VBs are back at Jerry Jam AKA VB Super Bowl once again for a Saturday afternoon throwdown! Catch us at 130 on the main stage of the best festie around! #JJxxiii
Catch the VBs bringing the ruckus to the gorgeous Stone Church in Brattleboro, VT this Friday night with our pals The Youngest Sun! Gonna be one heck of a night! Click the pic for FB event and more deetz.
The Van Buren Family Roadcast, our musico-comaedic podcast starring the VBs and our extended family, is BACK with a fresh mini-sode. Listen as PBear responds to a listener question the only way he can: we a roadtrip to find McGee and get to the bottom of things. You can hear the Van Buren Family Roadcast wherever you find your podcasts.
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!