August 10, 2008 – Crushing the ivories of his Baldwin, Andrew McMahon brought the driving piano rock to a reverent crowd at the Pageant with his band Jack's Mannequin. Standing over the keys as much as he played sitting down, one foot up on the monitor, the former Something Corporate frontman delivered a big performance had the fans in the pit screaming for more.
Jack's Mannequin performed hits from their 2005 release, Everything In Transit, as well as new tunes from their upcoming album, The Glass Passenger, due out September 30, 2008.
08-12-2008 – Chicago – IL Congress Theatre
08-13-2008 – Sterling Heights – MI Freedom Hill
08-15-2008 – Philadelphia – PA Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
08-16-2008 – Asbury Park – NJ Asbury Park Convention Hall
08-17-2008 – Providence – RI Providence Piers
08-19-2008 – Allentown – PA Crocodile Rock
08-20-2008 – Buffalo – NY Town Ballroom
08-22-2008 – Montreal – QC Metropolis
08-23-2008 – Toronto – ON Kool Haus
08-24-2008 – Cleveland – OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre @ Tower
08-26-2008 – St. Paul – MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
08-28-2008 – New York – NY Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
08-29-2008 – Portsmouth – VA nTELOS Wireless Pavilion
08-30-2008 – Wallingford – CT Chevrolet Theatre
09-27-2008 – Salt Lake City – UT X96 Big Ass Show @ Usana Amphitheatre
Dark Blue, Jack's Mannequin:
Though Paramore's absence on this date was disappointing, I still excited for this performance, having seen Jack's Mannequin at Warped Tour a month before. At Warped, the band brought a tremendous amount of energy to the stage, so I was looking forward to see what they could do for their headlining date.
This shoot was a challenge due to two factors: the lighting and the physical setup. With a speaker monitor placed at the foot of Andrew McMahon's piano and two microphone stands with which to contend, the windows for clean shots of the singer were slim to non-existent.
Lighting for this set came primarily in the form of stronger backlighting in contrast the dimmer, warm treatment from the front.
Despite the obstacles, McMahon proved to the ever the charismatic subject and provided plenty of photo ops to light up the frame in the short three-song limit.
Even though it caused a lot of photographic headaches, I loved Andrew's use of two mics, which let him gain a surprising amount of freedom while still being loosely tethered to his piano.
Don't let the “piano rock” tag fool you, these guy absolutely kill it on stage.
Be sure to check out images from the band's Warped Tour set if you haven't already:
Warped Tour: Jack’s Mannequin