1374 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013
• On sale Friday, January 25 at noon!
• All Ages welcome
• The Loft is a general admission, standing room venue
Long time resident of southern California, Andrew McMahon is best known as lead vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter for bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew’s blend of vocal and songwriting skills combined with the incorporation of his piano playing, led punk-pop quintet Something Corporate to their first major record label singing under MCA Records, who released the band’s critically acclaimed album Leaving Through the Window in 2002. Shortly thereafter, the band found success on the road with main stage gigs on the Warped Tour and tours overseas. In the summer of 2004, Something Corporate decided to take a break, at which point McMahon found himself writing a batch of confessional piano-driven songs that explored his return home to Orange County and the dissolution of a long term relationship. With the help of several musician friends (which included producer Jim Wirt and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee), McMahon began recording Everything in Transit under the moniker Jack’s Mannequin which released in August of 2005 under Warner Brothers’ Maverick Records. McMahon went on to release another studio album with Jack's Mannequin titled The Glass Passenger, under which he toured with the likes of The Fray and Weezer. People and Things was the final release from Jack’s Mannequin which was released in the fall of 2011 and charted at number 9 on the Billboard album charts. The band played their two final sold out shows on November 11th and 12th 2012 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. In July 2006, McMahon founded a non-profit charity, entitled “The Dear Jack Foundation” to raise funds for cancer research. The organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness to aid in the fight against young adult cancer. McMahon released a documentary titled "Dear Jack" in November of 2009 which chronicled his own battle with leukemia, his treatment and recovery. For more on Andrew McMahon please visit: andrewmcmahon.com
$.50 of every ticket goes to the Dear Jack foundation!
In the spring of 2005, Andrew McMahon and his band Jack’s Mannequin embarked on their first U.S. headlining tour. However, before completing the tour, Andrew paid a visit to his voice doctor in New York City because he became concerned about his health. The following morning, Andrew was admitted to the hospital because the results of his blood work were alarming. Ultimately, everyone’s worst fears were confirmed: Andrew had Acute Lymphatic Leukemia (ALL).
Throughout the summer of 2005, Andrew underwent two rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and, with a stroke of good luck, a successful stem cell transplant from his sister. During his battle with ALL, it became clear to Andrew that in a generation where cancer has become the second largest cause of death in the US and the biggest public action item relevant to health, there were still major shortfalls in treatment, support, and research on behalf of the young adult demographic.
In an effort to initiate change and provide a voice for the generations of young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, Andrew founded the Dear Jack Foundation in July of 2006.
The Dear Jack Foundation (DJF) advocates for and supports initiatives that directly benefit young adults battling cancer. The foundation supports organizations that recognize the challenges that the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population faces while undergoing cancer treatment, through targeted research, hospital development, and patient services. Through outreach, collaboration, and focused programs, DJF works to create more positive health outcomes and improved quality of life for all young adults facing this fight.
Recipients of Dear Jack funding are: the UCLA stem cell transplant program (a program on the cutting edge of cures through transplantation), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, First Descents, Cancer for College, Matt Cwiertney Foundation Mix Tape Project and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
This is a cause that means a great deal to Andrew; he is constantly working on opportunities to direct money and awareness to the programs and charities that fight on the front lines against these diseases. From Andrew and the rest of us here at Dear Jack HQ, thank you for your consideration and involvement in fighting against young adult cancer.
The Dear Jack Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. Tax ID 45-2219082. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. There are no paid employees of Dear Jack Foundation, it is a 100% volunteer run organization.