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/// ON TOUR


Jack’s Mannequin PHOTO: JAMES MINCHIN


Guster, Jack’s Mannequin Come Together


| by Kelli Kolakowski F


OR ITS FINAL SHOW, Meijer Gardens’ Summer Concert Series will couple the cosmic creativity and hu- mor of Guster with Jack’s Mannequin’s


magnetic piano-fronted rock. Boston-based Guster, best known for the


album Lost and Gone Forever, along with a string of inventive videos, released its latest album, Easy Wonderful, in 2010. Vocalist/guitarist Adam Gardner says there were two phases to the album-making process. “One was hard/awful and the second was


easy/wonderful,” he said. “OK, that’s not entirely true; the song- writing process is always great. We write by committee. And at the end of it, we end up with an album that we are all super proud of.” After some disagreements


and a several-month break from recording, the band hit the stu- dios with new ears. “We reclaimed our album,


ago,” Gardner said. “We’re excited to get to know those guys and tour together. Hopefully by the end of the tour, we’ll be playing songs together by the end of the night. We’re really looking forward to it.” Andrew McMahon, frontman for Jack’s


Mannequin, shares the sentiment. Though Jack’s Mannequin has been on the


GUSTER AND JACK’S


MANNEQUIN Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. $38 Members/$40 Public meijergardens.org, (888)


957-1580


we reclaimed our sound and we reclaimed our band,” Gardner said. “We came to the other side but we came out feeling better than ever.” And Gardner says the band anticipates


what playing a show with Jack’s Mannequin will bring. “We haven’t played with them yet except for the Mile High Festival in Denver a few years


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scene since 2005, it was a project started on the heels of McMahon’s other band, Something Corporate. “It’s been wilder than I expected, that’s for sure,” McMahon said of the band‘s journey. “It started as a relief from the kind of grind that Something Corporate had become at that point.” And now the band is about


to release its third full-length album, People and Things, this fall. McMahon says the album was a learning process and looks forward to what the future holds for Jack’s Mannequin.


“I think for me, Jack’s is a project like


Something Corporate was and I think the big picture is I hope I can do this for as long as humanly possible,” McMahon said. “I’m really hopeful that this record takes Jack’s Mannequin further than the last two have. I’m hoping I’m on the road for the rest of my life, performing and writing songs until it’s all over.” n


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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