Leo*Leo reflects on Violence, Chadwick Stokes Tour & The Dispatch Question

This week we arrived to Boston.  Vanessa flew back to Los Angeles.  We’re applying to NXNE, waiting to hear back from SXSW.  We have so much to be grateful for and we are.

Also, we took time while on tour to discuss what has been going on in the media recently.  The social injustices, the riots, the opinions.  Our unreleased song “Going/Been” discusses a relationship where it can be difficult to pin point the beginning, the forward movement and the steps backward –  suffering and confusion.  We send our thoughts and encourage your voices.  Fists are not necessary.

Chadwick Soktes and Vanessa Wheeler discuss their amp

Chadwick Stokes and Vanessa Wheeler discuss her guitar

Last week we received the fantastic opportunity of supporting Chadwick Stokes in his tour to DC, Philly, and NYC.  We played 3 sold out shows.  Two of the biggest venues we’ve ever played:  The Hamilton & The Bowery Ballroom.  We met incredible, passionate, talented people like Ryan Gaughan (and Stef Emery!!!!) and every musician in Chad’s band – along with his powerful wife, Sybil.  Daniel Schwartz and staff took care of us with kindness and generosity in D.C.  The crowd there was so warm.  This was the first time we witnessed the inspiring performance of Mr. Stokes!  The guitarist, Stevy played so tastefully & wild, J.R.’s drumming was in the pocket, Martin’s bass & keys were classic-soulful- and Casey Sullivan (also of Air Traffic Controller)  sang like 4 angels.  Will’s harmonies, trombone, & floor tom added another emotional and harmonic depth to each song.

In Philly, Jules took care of us at the Boot & Saddle.  The audience was so spirited – singing along to the cover of Chad’s beautiful song “Don’t Have You” .  We loved seeing bearded men shamelessly dancing (and buying our pink t-shirts!).  We met Bruce Warren – a man with equal measures brain and passion for music, of the incredible radio station WXPN, and talked.  Just talked and got to know one another.  (P.S. the food in Philly was SOO good).

On December 4th, we made it to Trenton, New Jersey.  Yes, Trenton.  Firstly, let’s be clear – this town has some of the sweetest, most welcoming people we’ve come across.  We went to the Trenton Farmer’s market, ate gluten-free at Button’s Creperie – where the crepes are better than in Paris.   The Hambone Opera was unbelievable.  That BBQ sauce is unreal :).  Food aside, everyone we met was so warm.  We stayed at the Wyndham, thanks to Peter & John Morris – this would be the first night of good sleep.  When our truck wouldn’t start (despite knowing the problem) we had 3 strangers appear to offer us tools and assistance.  We met n’ made a new friend and creative mind from Trenton that day, Black Collar Biz,  (performed with him on stage at the Bowery the next day-adding a rap to Dancing Queen) and got to witness his dedication to community & music at Black Diamond Studios.  We are going to work on song together soon and cannot wait to make it back to Trenton.  We love that town.

In NYC, we made care packages for refugees with folks from Calling All Crows.  Our parking Karma was right on and we were able to stay in front of the Bowery Ballroom all night.  Thank you to Kieran for being so inviting.  We met new friends, Damian, Benjamin, Victoria, and Mike – and got to hang with our favorite bassist, Drew.  This would be the night when we’d close our set with the hip hop version of  Dancing Queen – to a crowd swaying hands and cheering us on.  We felt incredible to have so many people support us by singing along and participating in conversation us on stage.  Sarah Hope’s parents were in the crowd where we finally got the chance to thank them publicly for their unwavering support.  We could not have done any of this without them.

We hope that you all could feel how much this experience meant to us.  We loved your energy – each city different from the next.

Thank you to Chadwick, team and family for taking us on this magnificent ride.  :))))

Please include yourself in our memories by signing up to our email list – we will be dispersing video and pictures that we captured (courtesy of Jenn Márquez Photography).  Also, let us know if you have pictures/video of the show that you want to share – whether you gottem on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube !  Find us on PANDORA and totally connect with us whenever.  We’d love to hear from you.

You may email us at: hello<at>leoleoband<dot>com

LASTLY, so many Chad fanatics have been asking us what we know about Dispatch and whether or not the boys are getting back together.  We are not gossips SO we’re just gonna say that the year 2015 is going to be a GREAT one in music and maybe, just maybe:  CLICK HERE

If you’re in the area come see us Jan.17th at the Sinclair!!






Leo*Leo Challenges Local Music Scene to Come together to Support the Animal Rescue League Benefit, All Ages Shows, Nov. 29th 4-6,6-8pm @Midway Cafe

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Our cockatiel, Meegs, is one of the best parts of our day.

He (Meegs is pictured below on Sarah Hope’s head in the accompanying graphic) is also one of 3 reasons why Leo*Leo is honored to play a show benefitting the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The other two reasons are Sarah Hope’s Sophia, the dutch shepherd mix (also pictured) and Vanessa Wheeler’s Basil, chihuahua/terrier (pictured and you can see her all over our instagram).

This event is to invite all of Boston residents, of course,  with a strong focus on our local musicians.  We are challenging favorite local acts to support “giving back” to the community by attending the show, donating, or helping us publicize this event!  How incredible to sell out the intimate show and have members of performers like, but not limited to: Nemes, Radclyffe Hall Music, Lake Street Dive, DJ Leah, Air Traffic Controller , Grey Season, Tales of Olde, CalvinBall, Blkbx Blkbx , American Echoes, and The Dejas mingling amongst folks that support their music?  Music Box Pete, in his podcast, spoke about how Bands in Boston are supportive of one another.  We believe this and invite them all to join us in giving back.  Leo*Leo will be adding an additional donation on top of what the event makes.

Please join us Nov. 29th in celebration of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. This is an all ages show at The Midway Cafe in Jamaic Plain, Massachsetts. We picked this place because there is plenty of free parking, public transportation and the venue has long been a supporter of the community.


1.  The Dejas will be joining us for both shows- playing from their classic sets AND the upcoming album!

2.  Please bring items to donate in our bins such as : blankets, towels, cat/dog toys, brushes.

3.  You may also donate from Animal Rescue League’s Amazon wish list.  You may send the order to our offices (we will donate them the day of the Benefit, in your name!)



1 Westinghouse Plaza C324, Boston, Ma 02136



1. Leo*Leo has a new infectious live show! (Both sets are donated to the benefit show!)
2. This is Leo*Leo lasts live performance in Boston.
3. Local Artist & ARL supporter, Jenn Marquez Photography will be there giving away $15 gift certificates toward a photo session!
4. The Animal Rescue League of Boston will be receiving all of the profits from ticket sales!
5. Neuro drink and Cuppow are both going to be giving away goodies!

PLEASE take advantage of the presale ticket price. There are only 85 tickets available per performance. For questions please email us through our contact form on this website!

1st Show – Doors 4pm-5:45pm.
2nd Show – Doors 6pm-7:45pm.

Your ticket price will be donated minus the front door fee (Midway is being very supportive and reducing their % to maximize this benefit)
We will have a list with your name and email at the door. All Ages Welcome!

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