By Mary Ann Odete
Nov. 11 marked the Dear Jack Foundation’s first official benefit on the east coast. The foundation was celebrating its fifth annual benefit concert with openers Junior Prom and Hunter Hunted, along with headliner Andrew McMahon.
The Brooklyn-natives Junior Prom came on first and felt very much in their element. The rock duo gave a solid performance, but they were upstaged by the other two performances. What really distinguished Junior Prom was their excitement present during their performance. It was hard not to be as pumped up as they were, even though they are composed of only two members.
Next, Hunter Hunted came on and they performed songs off their EP, along with giving a preview of music to come early next year. They were a much mellower band than Junior Prom, but this in no way diminished their performance.
For those who came early, both Junior Prom and Hunter Hunted were definitely a treat.
Next, Andrew McMahon came on stage and started the audience off with something nice and soft — just singing “Rainy Girl” and accompanying himself on the piano.
After, the band came on, to join McMahon, and everyone let loose. In between songs, McMahon would tell the audience stories about how he had come to be a part of Dear Jack as well as the current path his career’s taken. To calm the audience down so he could be heard, he occasionally said, “It’s story-time, baby girl.” McMahon sang songs off his new album “Andrew McMahon Into the Wilderness” as well as songs from earlier in his career.
For the encore, Hunter Hunted joined McMahon and his band on stage. Special guest Bobby “Raw” Anderson, guitarist for Jack’s Mannequin, also joined McMahon. With everyone on stage, McMahon started everyone off, but the audience was singing along so loudly that McMahon requested they quiet down, as they had just practiced it for the first time that day and it was rather complex. As McMahon said, “The nature of what they were about to attempt… means that there was no way you could sing that loud and this is going to work.”
The acoustic version of “Holiday from Real” was downright amazing, with on-point harmonies. The performance was a great start to Dear Jack branching out on the East Coast.
Mary Ann Odete is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org