Andrew McMahon Wows Fillmore Detroit with Michigander, Wildermiss

On a cold December night, indie-rock fans packed into The Fillmore in Detroit to catch the one and only Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness on his ‘New Friends’ Tour, along with supporting acts Michigander and Wildermiss. The show was a perfect blend of nostalgia and energy.

 

WILDERMISS

 

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The first act, Wildermiss, took the stage with their synth-driven sound. Lead vocalist Emma Cole’s wonderfully daring voice captivated the audience, while the band’s tight rhythms kept the energy high.

 

*While we normally upload the setlist to a playlist, the setlist was not uploaded for Wildermiss’s set, and many of the surrounding dates were also empty. That is why we have opted to make a playlist of their full album ‘Levitate,’ which dominated one setlist from a recent show. 

 

 

MICHIGANDER

 

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Michigander, performing in their home state, were a clear crowd favorite. They brought a level of energy and passion to the stage that was infectious. Frontman Jason Singer’s powerful vocals and commanding stage presence had the crowd dancing along to every song. By the time Andrew McMahon took the stage, the crowd was ready for more musical magic.

 

*Note: This setlist is the setlist from their Wisconsin show as the Detroit setlist was not uploaded online. 

 

*This setlist does not contain the cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

 

 

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM NORK

 

The house lights went down and the opening notes of “Nobody Tells You When You’re Young” rang through. Andrew McMahon started his set in the middle of the crowd, gradually moving toward the stage. The setlist was a perfect mix of old and new, with fan favorites like “Fire Escape” and “High Dive” blending seamlessly with newer tracks like “Skywriting” and “Stars”.

 

Of course, songs from the Something Corporate and Jack Mannequin catalogs were a must-have on the setlist. Andrew busted out classics like “I Woke Up In A Car” and “La La Lie”. The stage setup was simple but effective, with a grand piano front and center, surrounded by camping equipment that decorated the stage and set the scene. As the evening drew to a close, McMahon concluded his performance with a rendition of the Jack’s Mannequin classic “Dark Blue,” sending the audience home on a high note.

 

See the full setlist here:

Sam Nork is a Concert Photographer with a passion for capturing and illustrating the musical experience. She’s covered multiple dates across the U.S. for select outlets and has photographed major market acts like Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, and more. She also has served as an additional cinematographer on the 2020 documentary ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette.’ Learn more at samisrocking.com.

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