Ted Leo and friends are paying homage to Dexy’s Midnight Runners at Johnny Brenda’s
Dexy’s Midnight Runners had a massive U.S. hit in the early 80s with “Come On Eileen,” and even though no other songs in their catalog broke through in the same way, that doesn’t mean the band doesn’t have its die-hard fans and appreciators. There’s Ted Leo, for one, who recently appeared on a new NPR Music segment called One-Hit Wonders / Second Best Songs, making a strong case for “Geno,” which was a smash in the UK but barely made a dent over here.
Last St. Patrick’s Day, Leo led a Dexy’s tribute act called Too-Rye-Ay in a gig at the Bell House in Brooklyn, per Brooklyn Vegan, and the gig went over so well that he’s got the band back together for a short tour in March. In addition to dates in New York, Boston, Providence, and D.C., Leo and Too-Rye-Ay will play Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown on March 14th.
The band has a huge lineup, including Ted Leo and the Pharmacists sax player Adrienne C.N. Berry, The Dambuilders’ Dave Derby on bass, Elk City’s Ray Ketchem on drums, David Nagler of Nova Social and John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders on keyboards, and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Claudia Chopek on violin. There’s also Anthony Cekay on sax, Therese Cox on accordion, Richard Alwyn Fisher on guitar, Tom Gavin on banjo and guitar, Sam Kulik on trombone, with Leo holding down the lead vocalist spot.
Tickets to the show are on sale now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to Leo talking Dexy’s on NPR, and check out the tour dates and music.