By Sara Spangler, DC Music Live
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness opened for co-headliners Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw at a packed Wolftrap Filene Center on Sunday, August 10.
The show started off with high energy, and only slowed slightly when Nathanson played an intimate version of his older favorite Suspended acoustic and solo. McMahon played a few songs from his newest self-titled project, due out October 14, 2014, and also threw in some classic Jacks Mannequin and Something Corporate songs, which were clearly huge hits with the crowd.
Pretenders. Immediately following his opening song, he grabbed his mic to pace across the stage, setting the tone for his set and acknowledging that some people knew who he was, some didn’t have any idea, and some knew “that one song” he has (referencing Come On Get Higher).
Nathanson never fails to entertain a crowd with both his music and humor. During the song Car Crash he briefly covered Iggy Azalea’s popular hit Fancy, even ‘twerking’ on stage while clearly cracking himself up. During his new single HeadphonesNathanson ran down the aisles and out to the crowd on the lawn, who then had a front row seat to his set.
Gavin DeGraw emerged from the smoke on a platform to kick off the show, covering hits such as Chariot, In Love With A Girl, and Not Over You. DeGraw also threw in a couple of covers, including Rich Girl by Hall & Oates, and Where the Streets Have No Name, by U2. DeGraw kept the audience guessing as he moved from piano to microphone every other song, while wowing the crowd with his powerful vocals.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ new self-titled album will be released October 14, 2014. Matt Nathanson’s new singleHeadphones is out on iTunes now, and Gavin DeGraw’s latest album Make A Move is available on iTunes now.