Scenes From Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Fences and Junior Prom at the Granada Last Week.

Roll a grand piano onto the stage. Then add some strobe lights. Last, toss in Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

What you end up with here, clearly, is an intoxicating cocktail. Or so Wednesday night's audience at the Granada Theater would have you believe. That's because, soon as the four-piece band took to the stage, the seemingly mild crowd immediately went wild. And when group — so named for the former Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman who too leads this group — launched into its “Cecilia and the Satellite” single from its August-released, self-titled debut, the simple swaying side-to-side trend set earlier in the night was fully cast aside for good. In its place, grown men and women alike started screaming at the top of their tone-deaf lungs.

Too bad this glee was reserved only for the band at the top of the bill .This Thanksgiving Eve show at the Granada Theater also featured sets from Brooklyn's Junior Prom and Seattle's Fences — and, far moreso than the headliner for whom they played support, these two bands absolutely killed.

The alternative pop-inclined Junior Prom shined because, well, you could just tell how much the group was actually enjoying what it was doing. Between songs, lead singer Mark Solomich would constantly compliment the Dallas crowd's good-mannered attitude and encouraged audience participation, most notably when he asked the crowd to “spin around 360 and stare your neighbors in the eye.”

On the other hand, Fences — Christopher Mansfield's indie rock outfit known most for its recent joint “Arrows” single with rapper Macklemore — shined for the opposite reason. His was an awkward and hunchbacked stage presence — and yet, for some reason, it was intriguing. The crowd, unsure of whether to hug the performer or pull him aside for a pump-up chat, watched on in support of the performer who preferred to linger in the shadows.

Consider this night a reminder that the best bands on the bill don't always play last — an oft-forgotten notion that Junior Prom, the most exciting performer on the bill, suffered from, considering how few were in attendance as the band kicked off the night's show.


















6258_2

6258_3

6258_4

6258_5

6258_6

6258_7

6258_8

6258_9

6258_10

6258_11

6258_12

6258_13

6258_14

6258_15

6258_16

6258_17

6258_18

6258_19

6258_20

6258_21

6258_22

6258_23

6258_24

6258_25

6258_26

6258_27

6258_28

6258_29

6258_30

6258_31

6258_32

6258_33

6258_34

6258_35

6258_36

6258_37

6258_38

6258_39

6258_40

6258_41

6258_42

6258_43

6258_44

6258_45

6258_46

6258_47

6258_48

6258_49

6258_50

No more articles
X