Formerly known for his work with Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate, Andrew McMahon will take the stage under his own name during his solo tour that pulls into Tucson's The Rock on Tuesday.
But expect to hear him play some of those songs from his other lives in addition to his solo material.
With Jack's Mannequin put to rest last summer, McMahon is ready to take the next step. With his six-piece band he is incorporating old and new sounds into the mix. Jay McMillan and Mike Wagner, who were with him in the original Jack's mix, are along for McMahon's solo ride and contribute to his new rhythm.
"It's been fun. It's tricky to have such a big band but also kind of freeing. Having so much coverage, everyone playing their parts and sinking into their original sounds," McMahon said during a phone interview from Los Angeles last week. "It's a big link to the sound that people have known (from) me over the years, and it's started to expand a little bit."
McMahon is experimenting with new sounds and finding new ways to express himself on records and elsewhere, he said.
He plans to reach out to his audience with some of their favorite Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate songs along with some new tunes.
"The benefit of this tour is that we're going to some smaller venues, so we can take some risk. The ultimate goal of the set is having the balance of people's favorite songs over the years and a handful of new songs I've been working on," he said.
McMahon is expected to release his solo EP in the next couple of weeks.
"It is exciting moving through old material and exposing people to the new stuff I've been working on," he said. "For me it's fun. I start to realize even though some of these songs were created in one group or another or by myself, I get on stage and I think they all feel like they come from one place. They feel appropriate next to each other."
If you go
• What: Andrew McMahon in concert.
• When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.
• Cost: $24 through pconcerts.ticketforce.com
• Et cetera: This is an all-ages show. For details, visit rocktucson.com
Rachel Cabakoff is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org