About The Van Burens
A fun-loving and animated bunch, the Van Buren Boys strive to make each concert experience unique. They’ve been known to dress up in bathrobes or hold an intra-band mustache competition and play music that matches their theme. These are the antics of friends who have played music together for over a decade. The band had its maiden gig in June of 2008 shortly after members Jeff King (keyboards, vocals), Matt Spitz (drums, percussion, banjo, vocals), and Emmett Knox (electric bass, upright bass, ukulele, vocals) graduated from their respective colleges. The quintet, which also includes Greg Smith (guitar, computer electronics, vocals) and Greg Spitz (Matt’s younger brother, guitar, vocals), all attended high school together, however. In the summer of 2008, the band began gigging at bars and house parties boasting an eclectic catalog of cover music. Although billed as a cover band, the VBB always brought a personal approach to each song and the group’s developing individual style naturally led to original compositions. Each VBB original composition is laden with the fingerprints of all five members. The style of the music ranges from funk to progressive rock to electronic dance grooves to anything that fits the mood. The VB Boys are named after the eighth and greatest president of the United States and reputed lush, Martin Van Buren, and take every opportunity they have to honor their commander in chief by bringing the party everywhere they go. As often as they can, they throw specific events with wacky themes (see A Verry Van Buren Christmas, The First Annual Bathrobe Bash, and The Mustache Ride) that are fun for their audience and keep them coming back for more. The VBB have played such big stages as Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA and The Canal Room in New York City and have a residency at The Tavern at the End of the World in Charlestown, MA. Look for the band’s first studio release in the summer of 2009.
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