For Immediate Release—Thursday, March 1, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Jack's Mannequin and Augustana to Perform at SUNY Geneseo April 21

Geneseo, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced this year's annual spring concert will feature Jack's Mannequin with opening act Augustana at 8 p.m. April 21 in Kuhl Gymnasium. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

"Unlike in past semesters, we do not have one big headliner and a very small, unknown opener," says Kristina Sym, a senior business administration major from Niskayuna, N.Y. and chair of the Activities Commission's concert committee. "I felt it would be best to have a more well-known opener this semester to try and make the concert appeal to more students."

Jack's Mannequin, of Orange County, Calif., was formed as a side project by vocalist/pianist Andrew McMahon in 2004. McMahon also is known as the vocalist/pianist for another rock band from California named Something Corporate. 

In 2003, McMahon recorded a song that sounded very different from the previous material Something Corporate had produced. In the summer of 2004, Something Corporate took a break from years of touring, giving McMahon the ability to develop his music and lyrics. McMahon never expected the songs to be officially released. 

In August of 2005, the recordings were released to form the band's debut album, "Everything in Transit," which came out following McMahon's fight with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June of that same year. The album essentially tells the story of McMahon becoming reacquainted with himself after years of touring with Something Corporate. 

Augustana, of San Diego, Calif., formed in 2004. In 2005, the band put out its first major label production, "All the Stars and Boulevards," which to date has sold 160,000 copies in the U.S.  The band recently experienced heightened popularity as a result of its single "Boston."

"Student reaction was great on the first day of ticket sales," says Sym. "One student told me, 'would have never imagined these two bands being on the same stage. This is going to be an awesome concert!' "

Tickets are $15 for students and $22 for the general public and can be purchased through the Student Association Ticket Office in the MacVittie College Union or by calling (800) 525-2070 or (585) 245-5873. General public tickets also can be purchased through Student tickets went on sale Feb. 26, and general public tickets will be made available March 5. 

This concert is sponsored by the Activities Commission. For more information, contact Carey Backman at


Written by Joe Mignano, public relations intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.