12.01 – Portland, ME
There are certain phrases one would only hear when touring in a van with an all Jewish rock band. The one that has stuck out in my mind would have to be “Oh shit, there’s matzah everywhere!” Most rock bands would never encounter a situation where the van floor gets covered with matzah crumbs, but the LeeVees can handle any situation that arises!
We’ve played 3 great shows so far: our warm up show in Bridgeport, CT, and 2 shows with Barenaked Ladies in Baltimore, MD and Verona, NY. This morning we taped a performance of “Latke Clan” for the MSNBC show “The Hot List”, which will air on Sunday, December 11th. The host, Sharon Tay, asked the hard hitting questions all Hanukkah themed bands must face, like “how did the band form?” and “how did you write the songs?” Adam and Dave handled the interview like pros and then we played for the cameras, schvitzing like chazas under the
After the taping we drove up to Portland, ME and enjoyed our first night off since the tour started. We’ve only been on tour for three days, but it feels like two weeks! We’ve got 3 more shows in the LeeVees van, then we trade it in
for a tour bus on our first full day off after Sewell, NJ. We all look forward to making our way from East to West coast in style and comfort, but we will miss the LeeVees van dearly. The way that six nice Jewish boys and all their gear fit so snugly, the soothing sounds of 6 people talking on their cell phones at the same time all within a few feet of each other, and of course, the occasional matzah spill.
I know what you’re asking yourself: “There are only 5 LeeVees, who is this 6th nice Jewish boy?” The answer is Seth LeeVee, our tour manager, spiritual leader, and future author of the best book of wisdom one will ever hope to get
their hands on. Seth has toured with many, many bands including Polyphonic Spree, Guster, and now, The LeeVees. At some point in the van, Seth got a call to be Michael Bolton’s personal assistant for a week long Asian tour, and he turned it down to stay with us, his band of Hebrew brethren.
The Portland show was great. Being Adam’s current home town, the crowd was as warm as a fresh baked knish. Shank Bone and I found a cute little Hanukkah picture book at a local thrift shop, which we had all the band members sign. Then we attempted to “pass around” the book to the 3000+ crowd at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The highlight of our stay in Portland, was a late night song-session in our 8th floor room at the Eastland Park Hotel. If you were looking for an inside look at the secret behind how LeeVees songs are written, see this picture below: