Best Day EVER!!

So one week ago today was my 31st birthday aka the BEST DAY EVER.

Now you are probably wondering why I was so excited about turning 31. Well I wasn’t so much excited about that as I was about meeting my favorite singer Andrew McMahon!

Cheryl had found tickets for the Jack’s Mannequin reunion show on our birthday, so obviously we had to go. Then 2 weeks before on Instagram they announced a meet and greet. WHAT!!

Jack's Mannequin

We got there earlier than we needed to, but I was ok with that. Luckily it was warmer out.

The meet and greet started later than we thought, but it was worth it. We got to go watch sound check first.

Jack's Mannequin

I have never had a seat so close!

Jack's Mannequin

Then after sound check we got to meet Andrew and get pictures.

Jack's Mannequin

While waiting in line I realized I have been listening to Andrew (and all this bands) for 15 years!!

Jack's Mannequin

BEST DAY EVER!!

After the meet and greet we got food and then waited for the show. We had gotten VIP tickets for the show which means we had a separate section upstairs.

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we did. The pit was PACKED!

Jack's Mannequin

They played the whole Everything in Transit album. I was rocking out to every single song :) It was an awesome show.

Andrew even crowd surfed!

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we shelled out the additional money. It was definitely worth it on my birthday. I also still cannot believe I got to meet Andrew!

This Night’s A Perfect Shade of Dark Blue

So last Friday after work I headed up to Stroudsburg, PA (my college town) with some friends to see my favorite singer Andrew McMahon.

Andrew was the lead singer of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin and is now on the road as a solo artist.

We got to Stroudsburg around 7pm and headed to my favorite bar Flood’s for dinner and drinks. The show started at 8pm, but there were two opening acts so we didn’t rush.

Andrew McMahon Concert

Andrew McMahon Concert

The concert was at the Sherman Theater. It’s a nice venue and I was surprised to see they had seats out (removable ones) and there were a lot of people sitting down.

Andrew McMahon Concert

We even relaxed for a little bit before Andrew came on.

It was crowded, but not at the same time, which was nice. We found a nice spot down near the stage, but I didn’t feel like I was being squished. Andrew came on and was flawless. I seriously love his ability to rock out on a piano.

Andrew McMahon Concert

He did a lot of songs from his new solo album In The Wilderness, but also a bunch of stuff from Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin which made me so happy.

At one point he even jumped down into the crowd to sing and dance. That turned into chaos. I tried to get close to him, but I am short and I couldn’t get anywhere near him.

Andrew McMahon Concert

Andrew is an amazing performer. He just loves to perform and makes you love it too. Back in the days of Something Corporate he would always stand on his piano and even though he is using a different one now he ended the show perfectly.

Andrew McMahon Concert

I hope he comes back around to the area soon! My goal is still to meet him one day. A girl can dream!

Throwback Thursday – Andrew McMahon is a friend of mine

Have you ever had an artist who’s music is so important to you? Songs you can listen to over and over and never get sick of? Well for me that is Andrew McMahon.

A few years ago I wrote about Andrew McMahon, his original band Something Corporate, his battle with leukemia (which he won) and his newest band Jack’s Mannequin.

Andrew is now a solo artist and just released a new album called In The Wilderness. If you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you get on it!

In The Wilderness

Well tomorrow I get to see Andrew live again! This time in Stroudsburg, PA (my old college stomping ground) and I am super excited!

Something Corporate 2004

Here’s a throwback to the first time I saw Andrew live on stage. In 2004 we went to Bloomsburg University to see Something Corporate perform. I will never forget him singing and dancing on his piano :)

I am trying to figure out if there is some way I can meet him (dream of mine for like ever), but so far no luck getting info. I guess I will just have to stalk him on Friday and hope.

Who is your favorite artist?

Throwback Thursday – Something Corporate

When I was a junior in high school we had a film festival. I was in CAST and everyone had to make a film. We decided to collaborate with my friend Brandon and he had a song in mind from a band he recently started listening to. The band was Something Corporate and the song was Konstantine. The idea was unrequited love of two friends. We filmed Frank singing the song in a parking garage all night. I think it took until 3am. He didn’t know the lyrics so we had to keep re-shooting. The rest we did all over Clifton with our other friends. Being that it is such a long song we really could tell a story. Watch the video here.

The band started in Orange County, California in 1998. The lead singer is my all time favorite musician Andrew McMahon.

Something Corporate{Source}

Andrew was unique because not only was he the lead singer. He also played the piano. I dubbed the genre of this band Piano Rock.

Andrew McMahon{Source}

I mean he seriously rocked out. Most times he stood up or stood on the piano! Don’t believe me? This is my favorite song. The band had almost an underground following. They weren’t on the radio, but they were pretty popular (at least in PA)

In 2004 the band took a hiatus. During that time Andrew started wiritng with a side band called Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew changed up his look a little as well.

Jack's Mannequin{Source}

In 2005 I heard very sad news. Andrew had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but has since gone into remission.

Andrew McMahon

In 2009 Andrew started touring again. This time it was just him and his piano. The shows were small and intimate. Cheryl and I drove to Philly to see him at World Live Cafe. (Sorry for the crappy photo)

Andrew McMahon World Live Cafe

In 2010 Andrew announced that Something Corporate would be having a reunion tour at Bamboozle in California. I honestly contemplated getting a plane ticket just to see Something Corporate perform one more time together. As luck would have it a few weeks later they announced they would also be playing in Chicago and East Rutherford, NJ! I grew out of Bamboozle, but I roughed it in the hot sun with the high school kids just to see SoCo play together again <3

Something Corporate Bamboozle NJ

Since then all I have had to listen to was my CD’s of Something Coporate and Jack’s Mannequin. I followed bothon Facebook, but in August of last year Jack’s Mannequin started posting about AndrewMcMahon.com with new merchandise and news. Andrew is now touring solo singing BOTH Something Coporate and Jack’s Mannequin songs. He is also in the process of releasing his first solo album The Pop Underground.

Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin both had different vibes to their music, but the one thing they had in common was Andrew. My goal in life is to meet that man one day.

Yesterday Cheryl and I dragged out friend Ray with us to Philadelphia to the TLA to see Andrew play. It was an amazing concert. More Jack’s then SoCo but he did play Konstantine and it made my night.

I mean how can you not love this man.

Andrew McMahon

His wife is one lucky lady!