First Show Ever

Last night, The LeeVees played our world debut. After 48 hours of intense rehearsal at Dave’s house, we packed our stuff into the old guster van and drove 200 yards down the street to perform at Bridgeport’s Acoustic Cafe. This was by far the smallest club I’ve played in 10 years. The five of us just barely fit onto the stage for this intimate sold-out show to 150 people. Even though the crowd consisted mostly of Dave’s friends and hardcore guster fans that already knew and liked the record, I was the most nervous I’d been in a long time. It was only 2 days ago when we couldn’t even get through a song without a major screw-up.

Despite our lack of preparation, we pulled off the show and had a blast. It was a great night of music–Dave’s other band, The Zambonis, played in addition to the triumphant return of Philistines Jr. featuring The LeeVees producer, Peter Katis. Bridgeport’s favorite surf band, The Defenders, opened up. We even got our first fan gift– LeeVees cookies!

Thanks Dawn!
Of course, we also had the requisite drunk/grumpy heckler. Before we started he yells at me, “Play something good!” At first I thought he was encouraging us, but by the 4th time he said it during our set, I realized he was still waiting for something he deemed “good.” During “Gelt Melts” I caught myself wondering why someone would stay (in the front row, no less) for a show they obviously weren’t enjoying before realizing that I needed to
concentrate on the task at hand before screwing it up. I found out later that Dave actually knew the guy! Nice friends, Dave!

Another highlight was when Dave’s mom called in the middle of the show wondering why she hasn’t received her LeeVees cds yet. She called one of Dave’s buddies who yelled out in between songs, “Dave, it’s your mom–she
wants to talk to you.” “Right now?” a shocked Dave asks. He stopped the show in its tracks and put the phone up to the mic for all to hear her kvetch about how she ordered 5 cds from our website 2 weeks ago to no avail. It was damn funny and hard to do justice to after the fact. To get a sense of what I’m talking about, listen to Dave’s mom’s cameo in “At the Timeshare.”

Overall a successful show/dress rehearsal. Now all we have to do is try to win over 3000 Barenaked Ladies fans at the Symphony Hall tomorrow…yikes.

Adam LeeVee

When does Hanukkah “season” begin?

It’s not like Christmas–the season’s beginning is clearly marked at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when Santa is wheeled out on his styrofoam sleigh promising every gentile child they will get the presents of their dreams if they’re good girls and boys. It’s official–everyone go and buy stuff now!

But what about Hanukkah? When do Jews start feeling in the mood for this holiday? When do those green and orange boxes of Manishewitz products start to look appealing? I want to open a forum for discussion, but we don’t have our message board up yet. This buys you all time to think about it…

Adam LeeVee

The LeeVees On Tour w/Barenaked Ladies!!

We are so psyched to announce that The LeeVees will be opening up for Barenaked Ladies on their winter Holiday Tour! We join together November 28th and tour across the U.S. until December 14th. See the tour dates posted on our myspace site for more details.

Hope to see you on the road!

Adam LeeVee