Q&A with Adam Levy

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January 19, 2004 // UPDATED 2:38 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Tom Carothers
Tom Carothers

Adam Levy, best known as the frontman of the Honeydogs, is gleefully belting out the strains of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" by the Rolling Stones to the delight of a Thursday night crowd at Gluek's Bar and Restaurant, 16 N. 6th St. Levy, 38, is part of what Gluek's bills as its "All-Star" cover band, Hookers and Blow, which plays an eclectic mix of '60s and '70s rock and soul covers. They take the stage at 10 p.m. each week.

When did Hookers and Blow form?

Let's see...It would have been a little over a year ago now. I got a call from Mark Redish who started music over there at Gluek's...Originally, he wanted to put together a rotating lineup of players, and I was kind of excited about the idea, so I started calling my favorite musicians in town and decided to do a really cool covers band.

How many are in the band?

Um, well, we have an auxiliary membership numbering in the hundreds. [laughs] But the core principals are 10 at this point.

What's the band's forte?

Style-wise? I'd say the many incarnations of soul music. We do so many different things...pretty much anything goes.

You certainly have a full plate: father, husband, rock star, social worker, how do you juggle it all?

I'd say my time has become very precious to me, and I certainly don't have a lot of it!

How'd you come up with the name "Hookers and Blow?"

We went through about four names before we settled on Hookers and Blow and its just kind of stuck...It's funny 'cause it just rolls off the tongue. Even my small children say it -- now I don't know how great that is, but it's really stuck and it makes people laugh when they say it, so I've just accepted it as reality.