Following a week of hosting their second sUMmer school at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY; where they treated attendees to workshops, seminars, open jams and a live performance each evening, Umphrey’s McGee embarked on a quick two-show run this past weekend that started off with a full, two-set show last Friday night at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore.
Highlights included a double sandwich of Plunger > Hajimemashite > Plunger within In The Kitchen, another performance of the Brendan Bayliss-penned No Diablo and a debut cover of Happiness Is A Warm Gun by The Beatles. The members of UM actually worked out Happiness Is A Warm Gun during a sUMmer school workshop and put the lesson into action in Baltimore.
Photographer Matt Hebert was on hand for Umphrey’s return to Ram’s Head Live. Check out his shots…
All this week HT faves Umphrey’s McGee have been holding their 2nd sUMmer school event at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The band has provided paid attendees with workshops, open jams, masterclasses and a one-set rock show each night. UM hasn’t been messing around with these one-set performances, filling them with rarities, improvisation and setlist hijinks.
Monday night’s set saw rare performances of Hey Nineteen (Steely Dan) and The Fuzz as well as a famed “Jimmy Stewart” improvisation called “Final Word” re-inserted into the middle of Der Bluten Kat as it was when it was originally performed in 2005.
In Umphrey’s McGee’s early days they would often cover moe.’s Rebubula. In the middle of 1999, just about 18 months after forming, UM stopped performing Rebubula and the song remained on the shelf until this past Memorial Day Weekend, when the Chicago-based sextet busted out the moe. classic at the 2013 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.
Umphrey’s delivered an impressive, spot-on version of the moe. song and today have shared pro-shot footage of the cover featuring the work of former moe. and current UM LD Jefferson Waful.
Jam stalwarts moe. returned the favor by covering UM’s In The Kitchen a night later.
Ever since Umphrey’s McGee moved their New Year’s Eve celebration from their hometown of Chicago, they have visited The Pageant in St. Louis for a three-night stand in 2011 and Atlanta’s Tabernacle for a four-night stand in 2012. At the end of this year, UM has revealed that they will play three shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado to ring in 2014.
The wrinkle in the announcement is that the three shows are set for December 28, 29 and 31. As of now, there’s no show scheduled for December 30. However, UM keyboardist Joel Cummins tweeted that the reason there’s currently no show on the 30th is for reasons that “will reveal themselves with time.” Consider our interest piqued. No word yet on when tickets go on sale.
Earlier today Umphrey’s shared a really cool video on YouTube showing them rehearsing She Caught The Katy with Taj Mahal aboard their tour bus at the Summer Camp Music Festival. Take a look…
On the Friday of this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL; Keller Williams performed on the Sunshine Stage with his new band More Than A Little. During their set, the group covered the Grateful Dead classic West L.A. Fadeaway with the help of two very special guests – Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten and Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger.
The resulting version is funky as hell and has been shared by AxVault:
While the big story from Umphrey’s McGee’s Friday night set at the Summer Camp Music Festival was that they busted out their cover of moe.’s Rebubula for the first time in 14 years, let’s not forget that Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic guested on an over-the-top version of Bright Lights, Big City.
Lalli helped direct the jam into a dark and intense jam space that rated high on the danceability scale. Just a few days after the sit-in took place, UM has posted pro-shot video on YouTube…
Late last year Umphrey’s McGee played their first-ever four-night New Year’s Run, which took place from Dec. 28 – 31 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. The run saw cover debuts of Wang Chung’s Dance Hall Days and Nine Inch Nails’ Wish, an impressive Phil’s Farm > Puppet String > Phil’s Farm sequence, a ridiculous version of Higgins as well as rarities Sweetness, Bad Poker and Water. Today, the band has announced a massive 5+ hour video release culled from the four performances dubbed “Picking Up The Tab.” The set is available for pre-order in DVD, Blu-Ray and multiple digital download formats via TourGigs.com, with orders expected to begin shipping on May 31.
UM’s new video release was shot in Hi-Def and contains 5.1 surround sound audio. You can purchase video from each night individually or together as a bundle. Those pre-ordering via Umphrey’s online store will receive a free MP3 code for an audio download of the show of your choosing, while those pre-ordering any digital download package from TourGigs will get a free HD download of the Boulder Theater show from 09.15.12. Heading to Summer Camp? UM will have a limited number of copies available for sale at the merch booth.
Watch a jammed-out version of Plunger from Picking Up The Tab…
Two of our favorite jam acts will team up this October for a pair of shows at Family Circle Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on October 4 and 5. Jam titans Widespread Panic will headline with Chicago-based sextet Umphrey’s McGee on as support.
Panic and UM have crossed paths a number of times. Our favorite occurrence on July 13, 2010 when UM keyboardist Joel Cummins sat in with Widespread on Space Wrangler and No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature. We’d be very surprised if the two groups don’t collaborate in Charleston. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 17, at 10AM ET via Ticketmaster and at the venue’s box office.
As we get closer and closer to next month’s Bonnaroo Festival, the event’s team continues to pump out material through their Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel. Just this week a batch of videos from HT faves Umphrey’s McGee’s 2010 appearance at the ‘Roo’s Which Stage have surfaced.
For UM’s 2010 Bonnaroo set, they ended their set with the interesting pairing of Mantis and Glory. As Umphrey’s made their way through Mantis, the title track of their most-recent album at the time, all of the sudden the band changes course and starts Glory. Following a typically gorgeous take on Glory, they go right back to the point they were at in Mantis. Check it out…
Located in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve in Big Indian, New York; The Full Moon Resort continues to add events to its already formidable lineup of Music Masters Camps. Three HT faves will be throwing camps at Full Moon this summer as Umphrey’s McGee will present sUMmer School from June 17 – 21, Dweezil Zappa will host Dweezilla Music Boot Camp from July 1 – July 5, while Dark Star Orchestra will lead DSO High School on August 5 – 9.
All three events will feature workshops, performances, master classes, presentations, interactive jams and many other activities all at the comfortable Full Moon Resort. Each act will bring special guests with them to their camps as Umphrey’s will welcome Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band / Flecktones) to sUMmer School, Dweezil has invited a number of “counselors” such as Oz Noy and Chris Buono to Dweezilla Boot Camp, while DSO has Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans, legendary Dead recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson and former Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux signed up for DSO High School. Spots are currently available for all three camps.
As part of our Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got an autographed CD for each act for our readers. We’ll let sUMmer School hosts Umphrey’s McGee, Dweezilla Boot Camp host Dweezil Zappa and DSO High School hosts Dark Star Orchestra determine just what CD you’ll get, but they will be signed. Simply leave a comment below telling us which CD you’d like to win and you’ll be entered.
As they’ve done in previous years, HT faves Umphrey’s McGee interspersed parodies of a famous movie among four sets of music at their annual UMBowl concert on Friday night. This year the band offered their version of Forrest Gump dubbed “Forrest gUMph” starring keyboardist Joel Cummins.
This afternoon, the band has posted the first vignette they filmed which aired just before the band took the stage on Friday night at Chicago’s Park West for “Q1″…
The band’s summer jaunt kicks off on August 15th at the Louisville Palace and runs through a September 1st date at Wolf Trap. Here’s the full list of dates and venues…
8/15 @ Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY
8/16 @ Lawn at White River – Indianapolis, IN
8/17 @ Charter One Pavilion – Chicago, IL
8/18 @ Meadowbrook Music Festival – Rochester Hills, MI
8/21 @ Crossroads – Kansas City, MO
8/22 @ Chesterfield Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
8/23 @ Riverfront Park – Nashville, TN
8/24 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
8/25 @ Red Hat Amphitheatre – Raleigh, NC
8/28 @ Time Warner Uptown – Charlotte, NC
8/29 @ Brown’s Island – Richmond, VA
8/30 @ Mann Music Center – Philadelphia, PA
8/31 @ Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
9/1 @ Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA
The acts first teamed to play venues during the Summer of 2008 and have continued to check in with each other at Caribbean Holidaze events. Public on-sales will begin on May 4th.
After months of anticipation French dance titans Daft Punk finally released their new single, Get Lucky, on Friday. It didn’t take long for the song to make an impression as it set a Spotify record for streams within 24 hours and just one day after its release, Umphrey’s McGee took a stab at the song.
UM delivered their version of Get Lucky in the second set of last night’s show at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas. Drummer Kris Myers handled vocals on the Daft Punk cover. The Chicago-based sextet worked through two long song sandwiches in Austin as they fit four tunes in the middle of Utopian Fir during the first set and started and ended the second set with JaJunk.
There are all sorts of interesting pairings hitting the road this summer, but here’s an old one that’s coming back – Umphrey’s McGee and STS9. The acts first teamed to play venues during the Summer of 2008 and have continued to check in with each other at Caribbean Holidaze events. We’re expecting a batch of STS9 and UM dates to surface, though for now there’s only one which is confirmed.
On September 1st STS9 and Umphrey’s McGee will play the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 4th at 10AM ET.
Watch Umphrey’s welcome guest Murph of STS9 for Comfortably Numb…
Seven years after the launch of what was then Caribbean Holidaze, the Cloud 9 Adventures destination event that’s now known as “Mayan Holidaze” is still going strong. On December 16 – 20, the latest installment of Mayan Holidaze will bring HT faves the Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 to Now Sapphire Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
Each band will play three sets with additional acts to be named later. Mayan Holidaze packages are all-inclusive with food, drinks, lodging and the concerts included in the cost. Those who have attended Mayan Holidaze in the past will be able to participate in a pre-sale on April 23rd and 24th, while remaining packages will go on sale to the general public on April 25th at Noon ET via mayanholidaze.com.