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From Craigslist to Carnegie Hall:
A Pandemic-Era Success Story

Brooklyn-Based Victor V. Gurbo & Mark Caserta
To Release New Music Video "The Party After You Left" on May 28th

Victor V. Gurbo and Mark Caserta, a testament to Brooklyn’s ingenious music scene, announce the premiere of their latest music video for the song "The Party After You Left," set to release on May 28th, 2024, at 7:00 PM. This milestone comes as the band reflects on their journey from humble beginnings to performing at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall.

A Journey of Collaboration and Creativity: From Sidewalks to Sold-Out Shows

The story of singer-songwriter Victor V. Gurbo and multi-instrumentalist Mark Caserta began on January 16th, 2017, when they connected through Craigslist to trade guitars. This chance encounter ignited a creative spark that led to a prolific collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February 2020, as the world went into lockdown, Victor and Mark started collaborating remotely, sharing iPhone recordings and developing new music. On March 24, 2020, they released their interpretation of the folk standard "Frankie and Albert," which became the first song of the "Quarantine Sessions" on SoundCloud. This was the beginning of over one hundred recordings, including traditional songs, popular covers, and unreleased originals written by Victor.

Their perseverance paid off when they played their first gig together on the sidewalk in front of Spoke the Hub in Park Slope in June 2021. Mark then joined Victor’s full electric band, “Victor V. Gurbo & Co.” playing bass guitar. Since then, they've graced prestigious venues like The Mercury Lounge and performed at community events such as New York City’s "Open Streets."

Their ascent continued with a sold-out show at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 2, 2022.  Due to the success of the show, the band was able to travel to Austin Texas for a small series of shows.  The music Victor V. Gurbo & Co. create resonates deeply with audiences, blending folk traditions with modern sensibilities to produce a sound that is both timeless and relevant.

Releasing “The Quarantine Sessions”

The recordings Victor and Mark created during the pandemic were mostly for themselves—they were an act of staying in touch with their art in a turbulent time filled with stress and isolation. But with 2020 in the rearview mirror, they have begun revisiting the work they did and preparing selected songs for release on Spotify and Apple Music.

Notably, their version of Irving Berlin’s “A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody” was selected by the WNYC Public Song Project to receive airplay on Paul Cavalconte’s New Standards.  This song would be the first song from The Quarantine Sessions released on official streaming services. Later, their original track “Ghost Woman Blues” from their 2023 release “Haunted Houses & Empty Beds” surpassed 15,000 streams, marking a significant milestone for the band.

Upcoming: "The Party After You Left" Music Video

While their journey from Craigslist to Carnegie Hall is noteworthy, Victor V. Gurbo and Mark Caserta remain committed to pushing creative boundaries and celebrating the work they did during the lockdown. On May 28th, they will release the music video for the Victor V. Gurbo original "The Party After You Left," offering fans a visual interpretation of their evocative sound. The video, written and directed by Petra Jasmiina of Petrafied Productions, was shot in a single night.  The video serves as a testament to Victor and Mark’s collaborative spirit and artistic vision.

About The Song and Video:

The Party After You Left
by Victor V. Gurbo

The party after you left was long and boring
The conversations, they were dull and weak
Politics and sports, they left me snoring
And dreaming of the little ways you speak

And I would kill for one more dance with you
And I would kill for one last dance with you

The party after you left dragged on forever
There were times I confess I thought it would never end
The host, they always think they are so clever
Shuffling you into talking with their friends

And I would have sat outside with you
And I would have sat outside with you

The party after you left wasn’t a party
A room is just four walls and a place to be
There were people, there was music, the meals were hearty
But I might as well have been stranded out at sea

And why did you leave the party without me?
And why did you leave the party without me?

Video written and directed by Petra Jasmiina / Petrafied Productions

Filming by Aleksei Postnikov / That Russian Guy Productions

Link to Spotify:

Link to Apple Music:

"The Party After You Left"
Music & Lyrics Copyright Victor V. Gurbo 2024
Victor Voccoli Gurbo Publishing


Recording Instrumentation:
Victor V. Gurbo - Vocals, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Mark Caserta - Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar

Mixed & Mastered by Mark Caserta

A very special thanks to everyone who made this video possible:
Ariel Cotton, Eric Corrado, Gwendolyn Fitz, David Grinberg, Dina Khaimova, Summer Lee, Danielle Raskin Mayes, Emily McCarthy, Justine Pringle, Anne Szustek Talbot, Samantha Switzer, Joanna Tallantire, Lisa Trenary, Jason Vitelli, and Etan Zango

Future Projects

Looking ahead, the duo is gearing up for the release of their first full album of home recordings, "Outrun the Invisible Man," in the fall of 2024. This album promises to showcase Victor and Mark’s unique blend of folk-inspired melodies and contemporary storytelling.

About Victor V. Gurbo & Co.

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Victor V. Gurbo & Co. authentically reflect the diverse tapestry of experiences and influences that inspire audiences with heartfelt storytelling and captivating performances.

Victor V. Gurbo is a New York City-based musician, artist, writer, and luthier. His songwriting is inspired by traditional folk music, as well as its revival. Victor studied literature at the Macaulay Honors College, intending to focus on lyric writing. He later formed Victor V. Gurbo & Co. in 2012, collaborating with other local musicians from different genres and walks of life. As Marion Caffey (Producer of Amateur Night at The Apollo Theatre) said of the band: “I would never see the group of you walking down the street together, which makes it so amazingly wonderful that you're so together - which is the world that should be the world.”

Victor’s band was accepted into the WNYC & WQXR’s 2013 Battle of the Boroughs, where they won the title of “best band in Brooklyn.” John Schaefer (host of NPR's Soundcheck) said of the band: "I liked that it wasn't just a nostalgia trip. There was the sound of old New York there, but there was also the sound of modern New York. And it wasn't just because you were playing electric...There was kind of an edge; a snarling punk edge to this music - and at the same time, it was really evoking sounds we probably heard in New York City from the late 20s early pulled that off and made it."

Victor and his band have been actively putting on performances and selling out shows in New York City since then, playing at prestigious venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NPR’s Greene Space, City Winery, The Highline Ballroom, and Jalopy School of Music & Theatre, among many others. They also participated in the “No End For The Bitter End” fundraiser to help save NYC’s iconic Bitter End, which resulted in $100,000 to help keep the venue afloat.

Media Contact: 

Victor V. Gurbo

Mark Caserta

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