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5 Questions With Musician, Andrew McMahon

By Chicago Bucket List

Andrew McMahon’s “Drive-In Through A Dream” is coming to Chicago!

Published September 16, 2020

Live music is back – and better than ever. For a three-night run on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, Andrew McMahon is bringing the drive-in show to the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, with special guest Melody Federer! 🎶

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Andrew McMahon, who you probably know from the bands Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate, continues his drive-in concert tour after wildly successful sold-out performances across California and New Jersey last month.

We caught up with the one and only Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness ahead of his much anticipated Chicago appearance.


Bucket Listers: When you have a show in Chicago, what’s one local spot you have to hit while you’re here? 

Andrew McMahon: It's been a long standing tradition to get aftershow pizza from Lou Malnati's. 

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BL: What’s your favorite Chicago memory? 

AM: That's a tough one, I have so many. One that sticks with me is a show I played at the metro a million years ago with Something Corporate. My parents came to town for my mother's birthday which I mentioned on stage. At the end of the night I'm sitting in the dressing room as the crowd is filtering out of the show and I hear them all break into happy birthday. They had seen my mother in the hallway on the way to the dressing room and everyone stopped in their tracks to serenade her. I truly have the kindest fans on earth. 

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BL: Concerts look a little different in 2020. What’s the drive-in experience like for you on the stage?

AM: It's wild. Obviously, it's different than having a bunch of bodies pressed against the barricade a few feet away, but for me, the sense of togetherness and gathering safely in the face of unprecedented hardships makes up for it. I didn't realize how much I missed the stage and my fans until that first drive in on the west coast. Being among people, feeling free, dancing and singing for a couple hours has been a powerful antidote to these crazy times.

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BL: “Get On My Wave” has been such a great summer song. Can you give us a sneak peek of your set list? 

AM: Well, the first half of the show is no surprise, We'll be playing Jack's Mannequin's "Everything in Transit" album from start to finish. After that we play a pretty wide variety of tunes spanning my whole catalog from Something Corporate to the current Wilderness project. 

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BL: What do you want to cross off your Bucket List next?

AM: I'd like to live abroad at some point in the next few years. We were in the early stages of planning when the virus hit. I think that's on hold for a bit, but once things settle down I'm hoping to take my wife and daughter to Greece for a couple weeks. 

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Andrew McMahon Drive-In Through A Dream

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Wed, 16 Sep 2020 at 10:00 AM

Show Details:

Gates open: 5:00 PM CT
Showtime: 6:30 PM CT

Where: Boomers Stadium in  Schaumburg, Illinois

There will be a limit to six people per car. Each car will have their own social distanced "zone" located to the left side of their vehicle. All guests must have a face mask for usage if they have to leave their vehicle's designated zone. Fans can set up chairs the the left side of their cars and are encouraged to dance and soak in the live music experience! Food, beverage and alcohol are available for purchase onsite – Drink responsibly!

Continuing the 15th anniversary of "Everything In Transit" plus a set full of songs from In The Wilderness & Something Corporate.

Purchase Drive-In Tickets here:

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