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The Burning Bees at Willie McBrides

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We recently checked out local band — The Burning Bees — at Willie McBrides, and let’s just say the next morning, our dancing shoes were worn and our voices were hoarse… in the best way. This band is a high energy, super fun mix of covers and originals with creative spins on classics and some serious guitar solos. And this Friday, October 27th, back at McBrides, The Burning Bees rocked it again, taking the stage for a Halloween show {check out their Facebook page so you don’t miss the next time the Bees are in town, or follow them on IG}. We caught up with these local rock stars for a little Q+A sesh to learn more about the boys, their music, their inspiration, and of course, what they love about Hoboken:

Q+A with The Burning Bees

HG: Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

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BB: We are heavily influenced and versed in styles of classic rock, funk, blues, jam band, reggae, and more. Especially — Puff Daddy, Phish, T-Swift…


HG: What are your goals for this year? 

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BB: Cover the world in honey and Make Hoboken Dance Again. Also release our debut EP

HG: Why music and why Hoboken? What got you started and what brought you here? 

BB: Music brings people together unlike anything — going to shows around the NYC area is a lot of what brought us four together. Most of us live in and around Hoboken and it’s great because the party is already here — we’re just trying to turn it up to 11. We wouldn’t have been able or as interested in doing all these shows if it wasn’t for our friends and family that are always there supporting us and having fun. We say it all the time but will say it here in case any of them are reading — “Thank YOU for making our shows so fun!”

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HG: Do you guys rock full time, or is there another daytime job in the picture?

BB: Unfortunately, turns out Hoboken rent is quite expensive and we are not {yet} doing this full time. Off the stage we are jiiu jitsu teachers, marketing sales extraordinaries, chocolate, and luxury skincare developers. As you can see, we already live a badass Rock ‘N Roll lifestyle both on and off the stage.

HG: What has been the highlight of your career… so far? 

BB: Our two highlights SO FAR:

  1. Opening for Phish at The Baker’s Dozen N12 
  2. Averaging 2.3 free drinks per gig and making so many new friends along the way!  

HG: Where is your favorite place to perform? What is your dream venue? What is your all time favorite music venue?

BB: Favorites to play: Willie McBrides, Hotel Victor, House of Que, backyard parties, and of course Heff’s Brickfest! 

Dreams: Brooklyn Bowl, 2019 Big10 Stadium Tour 

All time favorite venue: Peach Fest Mushroom Stage or Madison Square Garden

HG: What is your favorite song to play?

BB: The Song Jerry Hates {SJH} – The Burning Bees

HG: What do you like to do when you’re not performing?

BB: Go see lots of live music, brew beer, band practice at British Rob’s house, drink beer, hang out around Hoboken, long walks on the beach, and we also enjoy lamping.

HG: What advice would you give to someone trying to pursue this?

BB: First find an awesome British guy that lets you practice in their music studio basement {apparently some Hoboken apartment dwellers don’t enjoy hearing three hours of funk grooves after a long day at work}. Also, don’t be scurred and never let the guitarist stop you from playing boppin’ songs.

HG: What else should we know about you boys or The Burning Bees?

BB: We’re not scurred and we never let the guitarist stop us from playing boppin’ songs.

Also, the crowd is half the show – the more everyone’s into it the better the music gets and the better the music gets the more people are into it.  

And now, about their Hoboken faves

How long have you lived/worked in Hoboken? 

We’d have to check the public records to see when Guitar Mike moved in – guessing sometime in the early 1950s.

What do you love most about it?

The best part about Hoboken is how much energy it has for being such a small city – it has everything and everyone and we’ve never been to a cooler city. We feel blessed to call Hoboken our hometown.

For anyone that’s never been to Hoboken, we highly recommend going to Green Rock happy hour and ordering 25 $1 beers– it’s a really fun place and will only cost around $25 dollars {plus tip}!

Favorite restaurant and/or bar?

Margherita’s + Northern Soul

What do you think needs to come to Hoboken?

More live music! {And more awesome bloggers like Hoboken Girl! — wink.}


Have you been to a Burning Bees show? Great, right? Tag us in your Bees pics on IG @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl and don’t forget to tag the boys, too @theburningbees!



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