Matt Nathanson knows how to give his fans what they want.
The the singer-songwriter, who lives in San Francisco, Calif., played to the crowd at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, giving a 10-year-old boy the tour t-shirt off his back after an innuendo filled lead in to “Run” which he casually described as a song about “two people uniting ... playing one-on-one basketball ... in a hotel room ... for three days.”
At most shows during the 10-week summer tour, Nathanson is co-headlining with Gavin DeGraw, but the “I don’t Want To Be” crooner was in Philadelphia opening for Billy Joel. Nathanson took advantage of about about an hour and a half on stage with an electrifying performance that had guys most likely dragged to the concert by their girlfriends remarking how good the show was as they headed up the steps and out the door Saturday night.
And as the show was winding down he made room to fit in a fan’s request to play “Modern Love.” After squeezing in the extra song, Nathanson said he felt he and the crowd “were beyond the superficiality” of a false exit and encore, which was refreshing.
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Nathanson opened with three rock songs before the acoustic guitar made it’s debut on a stage, but fans of his older work shouldn’t worry. “Angel,” “I Saw,” and “Suspended” were all part of the show filled with groovy rock ‘n’ roll as well as bits of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” some Whitney Houston and a bit of “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease.
Nathanson was preceded by Andrew McMahon. Formerly of Something Corporate and Jack’s Manequinn, the now solo McMahon played fan favorites from his past like “I Woke Up In A Car” and “Bruised” along with new tracks from an album expected to drop this fall.
Before McMahon, Charleston’s own Matt MacKelcan opened with an acoustic set that was honest and included well-received jokes about his untamed curly hair and the humidity of Myrtle Beach. His album, “From Where I Stand” is set to release Sept. 16, he said.
McMahon, DeGraw and Nathanson hit Charlotte, N.C. Monday at the Uptown Amphitheater at the Music Factory.