Opening for the Ted were The Yoko Casionos, and, um, some band from Chicago whose name I sadly never caught.
The YC’s were decent & fun, but I feel strangely betrayed that there was nary a Casio in site. Nor were there any curiously brilliant experimental artists. Sigh….
So this next band, the Chicagoans, were really good. Peppy & Poppy & cute with a sweet-voiced female lead, they really seemed to win over the crowd (Although Ben, jaded as he is these days, was less impressed then perhaps others ;). So, if this unnamed band (oh please someone, post a comment with their name) comes back to town, definitely give them a look.
And then of course, was the main even: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. I’d never seen Ted Leo before – not even a photo – so all I knew of the man was his music. And from his music, I imagined an older, perhaps greying, slightly unkempt & gruff looking guy. But no, not at all. Ted Leo is this young, endearingly cute guy, who reminds me strongly of a young Elvis Costello in mannerism. And then he opens his mouth to sing, and it’s almost unnervingly jarring. But he & his band were fantastic, and played all the hits and then the ones I didn’t know, and kept up with some witty banter between songs and then when the show was over, they took a quick break and then played another 4 or 5 songs, much to the chagrin of the bartenders, but to the delight of the rest of us. So a most enjoyable, excellent show.