Lately, I’ve been asking a ton of friends – old and new – to share their music experiences on The Good Groupie…and I have been thrilled when everyone single one has said yes! Earlier this month, Andrew McMahon came through Houston, and I had to miss out…but when I saw my new Houston blogging buddy Carolyn of Champagne & Schnapps post her adorable post-show Instagram with Andy, I knew I had to ask if she’d share her experience. Read on for yet another stellar story of why we love the music we love!
Like many 20-somethings, Andrew McMahon played a large part in the soundtrack to my high schools years. At least one Jack’s Mannequin song can be found on every mix CD I made or received. So when I found out Andrew was playing the Houston House of Blues, there was no question where I would be.
The House of Blues is one of my favorite venues in Houston. It’s an intimate setting where you’re close enough to the artist that you can feel a connection. During the opening song, a video of a girl staring into a camera was projected onto a white balloon hovering above Andrew’s baby grand piano. I had never seen anything like it.
In a small venue, you can tell when a performer is having fun on stage, and as Andrew launched into “Dark Blue” (YAY!), you could tell he was having a blast. It looked like there was nowhere else he’s rather be than sitting at (and sometimes standing on) his piano with a beer and some friends.
Even though Andrew recently released his new album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, he had to know how many of us were dying to hear “Dark Blue” or “Holiday from Real”, and he did not disappoint. There was the perfect mix of Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and his latest album.
Here’s the set-list:
Dark Blue (Jack’s Mannequin)
Holiday From Real (Jack’s Mannequin)
Black and White Movies
I Woke Up in a Car (Something Corporate)
Maps For The Getaway
Swim (Jack’s Mannequin)
Bloodshot (Jack’s Mannequin)
Punk Rock Princess (Something Corporate)
All Out Lives
La La Lie (Jack’s Mannequin)
Cecilia and the Satellite
After the show, we decided sleep wasn’t really necessary, so we walked around until we found the tour buses and waited for Andrew to come out – as any good groupie would do. He is so incredibly nice! He took time to talk to every person who waited after the show. He signed autographs and took pictures with a smile on is face even though he had to be exhausted.
If you’re reading this, check out Andrew McMahon’s tour dates to find out when he will be playing near you. I promise, it’s a show you do not want to miss.
Carolyn spends the majority of her time staring at her screens while working on her blog Champagne & Schnapps or running social media accounts. She lives in Houston, TX with her Miniature Schnauzer, Schnapps, and firmly believes concerts are essential for good health.