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Concert Soon

Hemenway play at Le Bar Bat (311 West 57th St.) on February 19. I asked the band to name one of their most unusual shows they’ve ever performed. “We once opened for Leif Garret,” said Hemenway bass player Wes (John) Soriano. “The absurdity of that made us all laugh. And laugh. And laugh.” What kind of music will we hear at Le Bar Bat? “Our music is straight up rock that concentrates more on melody and songwriting instead of being loud just for the sake of being loud,” says Soriano. “It seems songwriting is a forgotten craft these days.” Hemenway, named after the Boston street where the band once lived, is working with producer Mike Jackson (Christina Aguilera, Matchbox 20) and will be recording a new CD at the end of the month.