Fresh Tracks – August: Introducing NYC Multi-Talented Musician Noah Lehrman
Words by Sarah Bourque
Published August 16, 2016
Every once in a while, a musician comes across your path that is intriguing, to the point where you must know more. This month’s Fresh Tracks introduces music fans to Noah Lehrman, a musician who was born and raised on the Upper East side of Manhattan, New York. His story is interesting, full of worldly views, and just all around fun.
Lehrman grew up surrounded by vinyl. At home, the music on constant rotation included such classics as The Who’s Live at Leeds, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. In the car, the sounds of Sinatra were often heard, or made up lyrics were belted out. No matter where he was, there was always music.
As a kid, he picked up his first drum set with the money he got from his bar mitzvah. Mind you it was electric, because no parent in their right mind in New York City can afford to piss off the neighbors with a real drum set. No matter, it did the job. This kit put him on a path to learning hand percussion instruments as well.
Early musical influences included watching Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” which was considered a breakthrough discovery in music. At the ripe young age of 12, he was lucky enough to catch his first Grateful Dead show while away at summer camp. Lehrman knew nothing about the Dead, was completely blown away, and ended up finding himself going back to more and more shows over time. He caught his first Phish show while a freshman at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Over time, they have been a big influence in a lot of his music. The music he listens and dances to is not always the same type of music he performs, which creates a well balanced musical life.
Two years ago, he toured around Israel during a conflict. He was performing in a bomb shelter, unbeknownst to him, when suddenly the place started to fill up with people. He then learned the place suddenly became a popular spot to congregate, and to check out his music, because a red alert had been issued and people were to take shelter. His whirlwind tour included 14 dates and a couple of radio appearances. A lot of performing and writing occurred while in Jerusalem. Even a visit to a local hospital made it on his itinerary. While visiting the neurological and orthopedic wings, another red alert occurred. Lehrman drummed through the entire ordeal, seeking safe haven in the bomb shelter and experiencing an incredibly spiritual moment that would never be forgotten.
Relix Magazine noted him in their April/May issue of this year by stating this musician is “on the rise!” The Economist also said he’s “likely the only person in history to perform at the Jewish Grateful DeadFest and advise the US Congress on resource security.”
Projects include performing with Gratefully Yours, Acoustic Dead Quartet; an acoustic Phish trio TeeVoY; his solo acoustic songwriting project, which features special guests, known as the Noah Lehrman Acoustic; as well as Noah Lehrman & The Superstars, which includes members of Relative Souls. To say he is a busy man is an understatement.
Make sure to catch Noah Lehrman perform in one of his many projects coming up. For full details, including tour dates, please visit his official website.