Evan Dando of the Lemonheads with Sara Johnston at New Hope Winery

dando 3Evan Dando, lead singer of the Lemonheads, will be at New Hope Winery for a special performance on Friday, Jan. 30. Sara Johnston will be opening.

Dando is best known for fronting the Lemonheads, but he’s done some solid solo work and collaborations, as well.

Born in England, his family moved to the U.S, when Dando was 9. While at Commonwealth School in Boston, he met Ben Deily and Jesse Peretz; in 1986, they formed a band called The Whelps which played punk rock. They debuted at the Meltdown House in Cambridge in July and followed with a show at The Rat on Aug. 19.

They produced an indie single, “Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners,” which led them to sign with a local label Taang! The group changed its name to The Lemonheads, after the Lemonheads candy manufactured by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. “Laughing” was subsequently released as the group’s debut single in 1987. The group released several album afterwards under Taang!: Hate Your Friends, Creator, and Lick.

During an acoustic world tour in early 2001 with touring musicians Ben Lee and Ben Kweller, he performed a mix of Lemonheads songs and solo songs. One such gig was at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, which was recorded as Live at the Brattle Theatre, and released as an album in 2001.The release also included a second disc, Griffith Sunset, with several covers of country songs.

In March 2003, Dando released the solo album, Baby I’m Bored, which reached the top 40 on the UK albums chart.

In 2004, Dando performed as the lead vocalist for the band MC5 on a 41-show tour. He has collaborated with The Dandy Warhols and soundtrack composer Craig Armstrong. At the All Tomorrow’s Parties‘ Don’t Look Back festival Dando played several live dates, including a full performance of the It’s A Shame About Ray album.

Tickets are $25.; (215) 794-2331. Doors 7 p.m.; Showtime 8 p.m.

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