Aug 25, 2019
Returning for their fifth season, The Van Burens are a family band of like-minded weirdos who love to make vital and vivid music together. The Official Band of Quincy, MA (the City of Presidents), the VBs are dedicated to the pursuit of fun, energetic shows that move folks to dance, laugh, and feel feelings. These songwriter nerds serve up reggae, funk, and rock music in the tradition of family ensembles like The Wailers, Parliament, and The Band, often with an irreverent take.
The group features a tight, core rhythm section bolstered by a variety of talented rotating regulars of the Van Buren Family with the Dick Johnson Memorial Horn Section bringing a brassy punch to round out the VB’s party sound. All Van Burens lend vocals; and the distinctive leads are backed by powerful group harmonies, making each song, each set, and each concert unique. Most importantly, the Van Burens enjoy each other’s company onstage and off; their love music-making and professional playfulness throws a joyous vibe from the stage to audience.
The Van Burens have been bringing the party to New England, the world, and beyond for almost a decade, playing stages such as the Middle East and the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA; Garcia’s in Portchester, NY; BRYAC in Bridgeport, CT, The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH; and Nectar’s in Burlington, VT. The VBs have also played festivals like Jerry Jam, Disc Jam, Strangecreek, Camp ‘n’ Jam, and more. Their most recent EP, 2014’s Presidential LoveFest brings the VB’s energetic live funk-reggae sound and sense of humor to the studio.