Things We Love: Picks from musician Dave Buker

Dave Buker

Dave Buker is a Youngstown native who moved to Columbus eight years ago and shortly thereafter formed Dave Buker & the Historians. The band recently performed at Bunbury Music Festival, and on Saturday, June 10, it will release a new EP,You Can Follow, with a performance at Rambling House Soda. In advance of this release, we asked Buker about a few of his favorite things.

Master of None”

I've been a fan of Aziz Ansari since I started watching “Parks and Recreation” years ago, and have since followed his career as a comedian and author. So of course I was curious about his Netflix series, “Master of None,” which premiered last summer; the second season is currently streaming and does not disappoint. It's a great mix of insightful commentary (about relationships mainly) and comedic timing. Plus, Eric Wareheim is pretty great.


For the past seven years, I've worked as an educator at COSI, an experience through which I've grown in many ways. I currently manage a space called Tech Studio, a digital-media lab where people can learn about 3-D modeling/printing, music recording, video production, graphic design and coding.We offer free hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on these days, I have the privilege of sharing these disciplines with the public alongside my experienced and dedicated coworkers.

Summer Festivals

Last weekend, we performed at Bunbury Music Festival along with bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins. For me, and I'm sure for my bandmates, this was a very special and memorable experience; not only was it an inspiring way to start the summer, but having the opportunity to share a festival with musicians I've revered for such a long time is something I can't quite put into words. Throughout June, we will also be performing at Columbus Arts Festival, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival and ComFest. In short, I'm very eager for the next few weeks.

My band

I know it may seem a bit cliche, but I'd be remiss if I did not mention my bandmates and how important they are to me. Some of us have been playing together for more than seven years (which is hard to believe), and we're still at it with the same energy as in the early days.While working on our new EP recently, I was reminded of how much fun it is to work with these individuals: Joe Spurlock, Paul Valdiviez, Timothy Jennings and my fiancee, Leanna Stansell.


I have a difficult time being open about my personal life, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to gather my thoughts on how my life has changed over the last few years. In September, I'm getting married to my bandmate and partner, Leanna Stansell. I am not always the easiest person to be with, but her patience and support has made me better, and for that I am thankful. And although I listed her last, when I was asked about my favorite things, she was the first to come to mind.