Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

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Y’all know him as the former frontman for piano-based punk(ish) outfit Something Corporate. With that group, Andrew McMahon introduced fans with songs like “Watch the Sky,” “I Woke Up in a Car,” “Punk Rock Princess,” “Me and the Moon,” and ::Gasp:: “Konstanstine.”  Kids everywhere were devastated when Andrew said goodbye to Something Corporate. 

That is…until….he returned with Jack’s Mannequin! Tears of sorrow over the departure of SoCo turned to tears of joy at the return of Andrew and his new project.

Wait… Wait… wait!

Before Jack’s Mannequin, McMahon was in the battle of his life with leukemia. (Spoiler alert: he kicked cancer’s ass!) His entire battle was documented in the Tommy-Lee documentary titled Dear Jack (2009). Since, McMahon has been ever-so-active with his Dear Jack Foundation, which raises money and awareness and “supports initiatives and provides programming in order to promote positive health outcomes for adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15-39, from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer through survivorship.”

Back to the music! Jack’s Mannequin emerged after McMahon’s cancer bout. JM was as well received and of instant of a hit as Something Corporate. The debut album, ‘Everything in Transit’ (which to this day is one of this preview writer’s favorite album, ever) featured standout tracks “Mixed Tape,” “Holiday From Real,” and “Miss Delaney.” Under the Jack’s Mannequin moniker, McMahon released ‘Glass Passenger’ (2008) and ‘People and Things’ (2011).

Then, it happened again. Andrew said goodbye to the name Jack’s Mannequin. He put out a solo EP featuring the single “Synesthesia.” He then toured clubs half the size of what he was capable of filling for an intimate evening of JM and Something Corporate things. (The best of both worlds, if you will!)

Andrew is now living in the present, telling CleveRock in a 2015 interview that “there is a grave danger in building a career based on nostalgia.” (He’s right, you don’t want to become an opening act on Everclear’s annual throwback tour!)

McMahon, now operating under the name Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, released a self-titled album in 2014. For the first time in his career, McMahon had a radio hit with “Cecelia and the Satellite.”  The album also featured “Canyon Moon” and “High Dive.” AMITW returned in February 2017 with a second release, ‘Zombies on Broadway,’ which includes the singles “Walking in my Sleep” and “Fire Escape.” 

Be prepared…Andrew is about the future; not the past. Sure, he’ll sprinkle in a few tunes from the olden days in his setlist, but the vast majority of songs will be from his current project.

Brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey have fused musically to become Atlas Genius, with Keith’s vocals and guitar complementing Michael on the drums to create their unique alternative sound. While their debut album ‘When It Was Now’ (featuring breakout hit “Trojans”) reflected on home life in Adelaide, Australia, the pair’s second release of ‘Inanimate Objects’ showcases the darker emotional experiences of relocating to Los Angeles, CA. The LA-inspired sounds thread throughout the album, highlighting the band’s creative depth and earning praise from Entertainment Weekly who dubbed ‘Inanimate Objects’ “a huge leap forward for the band.”

Night Riots is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody-rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California-based band has a unique melodic sensibility – delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, ’80s movie soundtracks.

Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town with only one traffic light, where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Now heralded by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, Earmilk, KROQ, NYLON, AV Club, KCRW, Filter and more,

After the tremendous success of their debut EP, ‘Young Lore,’ Night Riots signed on with Sumerian Records for the release of their latest EP, ‘Howl.’ Released on January 20th, 2015, the Eric Palmquist-produced (Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Waaves, Mars Volta) EP just debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and lead single “Contagious” did well on the charts.

Night Riots returned in 2016 with a full-length effort, ‘Love the Gloom.’

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Reserved balcony seats are priced at $37.50. General admission floor tickets (standing room only) are available for $27.50

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