Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate Benefit Show at the El Rey
Andrew McMahon is the brainchild behind two of the most popular piano rock bands around; he’s also a cancer survivor, philanthropist, and downright nice guy. Something Corporate, McMahon’s southern California high school band turned worldwide success, dominated live music venues and college airwaves for years before he decided he needed a break. Shortly thereafter the talented musician was diagnosed with leukemia. It was also during this time that McMahon was crafting music for a new project, the soon-to-be world famous Jack’s Mannequin. Throughout his rough journey, including a bone marrow transplant from his sister, McMahon kept all his fans in the loop, blogging often and making sure everyone knew what procedures he was undergoing and how he was coping with it. Cut to 2010, when Something Corporate has reuntied, Jack’s Mannequin is still conquering the airwaves (and people’s hearts), and McMahon is in remission and doing his best to raise awareness and money for cancer research, including starting his own organization- the Dear Jack Foundation.
On November 18th, at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, all of McMahon’s passions come together for a benefit concert featuring both bands and raising money for the Dear Jack Foundation. This will be the first time that McMahon has ever performed with both Something Corporate AND Jack’s Mannequin.
“This is going to be a really special night. To share the stage with so many close friends is a blessing in itself, but to do so while working on behalf of young adults with cancer gives me great joy,” McMahon says. “Hopefully this is a tradition that will last for many years to come.”
Marc Roberge (of OAR) and Matt Nathanson will also take the stage at the concert. In addition to phenomenal music, great comraderie, and undoubtedly some emotional stories of struggle and perserverance, a raffle will be held at the show. Fans can win special prizes such as autographed gear, vacation packages, and more. An online auction featuring signed memorabilia by the bands and friends will also be held to benefit the Dear Jack Foundation. Proceeds from the show will also go to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.