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Andrew McMahon was the first opener on the main stage last summer at Buzz Beach Ball in Kansas City. He was also one of the acts I was most excited to see, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I missed his set. Over the course of the past year, I managed to miss his performances as “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness” two more times. I did, however, get to see McMahon perform for the Jack’s Mannequin reunion tour in January 2016. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and that was solely because of McMahon. The air in the venue was electric, and so was he. I got goosebumps watching him play and I knew it wouldn’t be the last time I would see him perform.
For those of you who don’t know, McMahon is a singer/songwriter and pianist. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and the main songwriter for Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness is his most recent project.
Here are my top five reasons why you can’t miss Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at The Blue Note:
- This guy knows how to play a piano.
There aren’t a lot of live acts nowadays with a frontman who doubles as a vocalist and pianist. You might think this would affect McMahon’s stage presence, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Check out this video from the Jack’s Mannequin reunion tour concert.
- He’s got a little something for everyone.
Longtime McMahon fans can rejoice – if setlist.fm is to be believed (it rarely lets me down), McMahon will be playing several Jack’s Mannequin hits as well as songs from his band, Something Corporate. You can expect “Dark Blue,” “La La Lie” and my personal favorite, “The Mixed Tape.” If you aren’t familiar with any of these song titles, you’ve got nothing to worry about, as he’ll also be playing songs from 2014s “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.” There won’t be a dry eye in the venue during “Cecilia and the Satellite.”
- McMahon is a people person.
McMahon has a supportive fan base and he’s great about showing them love. At the show I went to in January, he brought a group of fans to sing on stage with him. Most artists don’t care to greet their fans after a performance, but McMahon has gone out of his way to do so while on tour with Weezer and Panic! At the Disco.
- Seeing McMahon headline a show will be a completely different experience.
At a Weezer or Panic! At the Disco concert, (both are bands that McMahon has opened for) most people are there to see Weezer or Panic! At the Disco. There’s something infinitely more special about seeing McMahon headline a show. The size of the venue also means a more intimate experience. I’d take a McMahon concert at the Blue Note over an amphitheater any day.
- The dormant punk-rocker inside you will come alive.
This post was written by Danny Rosenberg, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose.