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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Dashboard Confessional at McMenamins Grand Lodge on 09/02/2022 / Photos-review


On a hazy summer night, the lawn at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove was covered with chairs and blankets. Fans were ready for their hit of nostalgia from the co-headliners of the Hello Gone Days tour.

After an opening set of The Juliana Theory, Chris Carrabba, the lead singer of Dashboard Confessional played an acoustic version of The Brilliant Dance. The rest of the band took the stage as they continued on with their hits from the early 2000’s. Throughout the show, fans ran from the back to the front to capture a quick video of their favorites being played. The band ended their set with Hands Down as the crowd loudly sang and danced along.

The sun set and a piano was rolled to the front of the stage. It was Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness' turn to take the crowd through a blast from the past. The band started the set with the song, Bruised. The second song was interrupted with the fans singing happy birthday to Andrew, who turned 40 the next day. As they resumed, he commented that he noticed a couple of fans getting engaged and offered congratulations. The set was an even mix of Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate and Andrew McMahon originals. Andrew's energetic stage presence could be felt even when he was sometimes restrained to the piano. When he had the moment he would move about on the stage and even on stood on top of the piano. Later in the set, he brought out his daughter Cecilia and they sang the song in her namesake, Cecilia and the Satellite. The night ended with a Jack’s Mannequin song, Dark Blue.

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