The LeeVees rocked Webster Hall last night, opening for Matisyahu. We played fiercely and rocked the crowd as well as an opening band could. We finally got a chance to play our Al Greenified version of "Karpas" live and did a kickin' version of "Jewish Stars." Some kid got carried away and jumped onstage during "Goyim Friends." Josh LeeVee came out and threw chocolate gelt at the crowd during "Gelt Melts." Gina said there was a bunch of people all the way in the back running around in circles and carrying on during our set. Sweet.
Matisyahu played a marathon set. One of the highlights was a five-foot-tall mirror dreidel that slowly descended from the ceiling, bright white lights reflecting off it. It was beautiful and just a genius idea. The other really great point in Matisyahu's set was when the band played a quiet little vamp and Matisyahu stepped over to a large menorah on a platform by stage left and asked for someone in the crowd to step up and light the candles and say the Hanukkah prayer. A guy came out of the crowd and pulled himself up onto the platform. Matisyahu popped a yarmulke on his head and the guy not only recited the prayer but sang it, rather credibly, to the tune of the vamp. It was very moving.
At points, a bunch of guys in yarmulkes in the middle of the crowd would mildly slamdance and pogo. I called it "the Moishe pit." Thank you.
We couldn't move out our equipment until the end of the night and after Matisyahu's two-and-a-half-hour set, we were all very ready to go home. Dave and Adam went off to get the van and the car. They were gone for about 45 minutes. Where were those guys? We finally found them downstairs. "So where are the cars?" we asked. They hadn't even gotten them yet -- they'd been asked to join a minyan by some of Matisyahu's extensive posse and couldn't refuse.