Last Wednesday night, the Neptune Theater was the place to be. Headliner Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness along with Hunter Hunted and Junior Prom created a high-energy night of incredible tunes. The dynamic duo, Junior Prom were the first to take the stage. Armed with a minimal setup of electric guitar and drum kit, this group filled out their sound with well-placed vocal reverb and canned electronic samples. It may not sound fancy, but it totally was. The sound these two create is incredible, and their tunes are catchy enough to sustain a constant head bob. That’s a pretty big deal.
Hunter Hunted was next on the bill. Another band with catchy, energetic tunes, this band is what would happen if The Head and the Heart or The Lumineers traded in their acoustic guitars for a synthesizer. Heavy on group vocals and oozing positivity and general happy-to-be-here attitudes, this is a band as fun to watch as it is to dance to their tunes. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this band goes in the future, because they are headed for great things.
The crowd was anxious as they awaited Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to take the stage. Formerly of bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon’s new project is an exciting development for long-time fans as it allows him to play songs from the vaults. The set was a fantastic collage of songs off of his new album and various selections from both Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate songs catalogs. One of the most memorable moments of the evening was when he began playing Something Corporate’s “Cavanaugh Park” and started singing the wrong lyrics. To cover the mistake, he launched into a dialogue about the real Cavanaugh Park (basically a basketball court next to a McDonald’s) before launching into the song again. Like one of the later lines in the song, he really made “f-in’ up look cool.” With piano-heavy tunes and one hella-talented band to fill out the sound and bring the energy, this new incarnation of an old favorite was well worth braving the wind and rain to experience.
Word to the wise. Follow our pal Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet's Instagram page @andrewjoslynmusic.
He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
In that respect Art is dangerous because you will need more. Andrew has plenty in the vault... ... See MoreSee Less
If you love music and want to make a difference, Please support our friend Andrew D.B. Joslyn and this important cause. #DistrictAdvocateI’m excited to be joining the @recordingacademy in an effort to push critical legislation to help music creators around the country get the support and financial assistance we so desperately need to stay afloat. I’m leading a couple of meetings with Senator Maria Cantwell and my state representative Pramila Jayapal - and looking forward to joining with my fellow musicians, industry professionals and educators on doing our part to preserve our industry during Covid-19. #districtadvocate ... See MoreSee Less