The Van Burens are a family band of weirdos who love to make music together. The Official Band of 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 with a dose of humor.
All VBs lend vocals; the distinctive leads are 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 of 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 also play festivals: 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 idiosyncratic style to the studio.