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.
The Hangout Music Fest will begin with a Kick Off Party on Thursday, May 16th that includes many jam favorites. Umphrey’s McGee, Railroad Earth, Lotus, Conspirator and Future Rock are just a few of the acts set to perform on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama before the event starts in earnest on the 17th and runs through the 19th.
All in all 14 acts will play on two stages for the separately ticketed Kick Off Party. Tickets for the Kick Off Party will run you $45 and go on sale tomorrow, April 18th at 11AM ET via Eventbrite.
Here’s the full list of Kick Off Party bands…
Umphrey’s McGee, Benny Benassi, Dillon Francis, Railroad Earth, Lotus, Conspirator, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Hayes Carll, Quixotic, Reptar, Wick-it, Future Rock, St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon will headline this year’s fest.
Two weeks from today Umphrey’s McGee will take the stage at Park West in their hometown of Chicago for the fourth annual UMBowl concert. This football-themed show features four “quarters,” each with a different theme. For those who can’t make it out to Chicago or weren’t able to score tickets to the sold-out event, the band will offer a Pay-Per-View broadcast of the marathon show.
Meanwhile, Umphrey’s is currently in the midst of a Southern Tour which visited Freebird Live in Jacksonville, Florida last night. The sextet dusted off their covers of When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best Of What’s Around by The Police and Toto’s Africa.
The sixth annual 80/35 music festival will take place on July 5th and 6th in downtown Des Moines, Iowa boasting a lineup that includes hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, the killer pairing of David Byrne & St. Vincent, experimental rockers Deerhunter, aggro-jammers Umphrey’s McGee, San Francisco’s own Tea Leaf Green and more national and regional acts.
80/35 brings three stages and more than 40 bands to Des Moines. Here’s the initial lineup…
Friday, July 5: David Byrne & St. Vincent, Yeasayer, Tea Leaf Green, Roster McCabe, Kitty (Pryde), Euforquestra, Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos, Annalibera
Saturday, July 6: Wu-Tang Clan, Deerhunter, Umphrey’s McGee, Wavves, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, House of Large Sizes, Jon Wayne & The Pain, The River Monks, Tires, Trouble Lights, Mumford’s
Head here to buy advance two-day tickets for $49 and one-day tickets for $29. Prices will increase for day of tickets as they will sell for $80 for a two-day and $45 for a one-day.
Umphrey’s McGee will host the second annual sUMmer School at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York from June 17 – 21. On the 18th, UM will welcome frequent collaborator Jeff Coffin on the Dave Matthews Band as a special guest for that day’s workshops and performances.
Over the course of the event Umphrey’s will offer four performances, a handful of open jams, two sessions on improvisational technique, songwriting sessions, master classes a slew of other UM-related activities. Accommodations, which include entry fees, are available in a wide range of pricing options.
One week ago today Umphrey’s McGee wrapped out the western portion of their never-ending tour with a headlining set at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. The band was joined by jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan for a two-song encore that included UM original Glory and a cover of Making Flippy Floppy by Talking Heads.
We just came across video of this beautiful version of Glory, which features Cinninger and then Jordan taking two completely different approaches to their solos. Unfortunately it cuts about 40 seconds before the song ended, but it’s still worth taking a look…
You can buy the soundboard from this show, and every UM performance, via UMLive.net.
Umphrey’s McGee interactive UM Bowl concert returns to Chicago’s Park West on April 26th and today attendees received their ballots for the Raw Stewage first quarter and the All Request+ second quarter. The Raw Sewage quarter will feature pieces of previously performed improvs selected by fans from a list of 30 choices weaved together by the band, while the All Request+ quarter will see the sextet perform rare or never-played originals and covers as voted on by attendees.
The band has shared snippets of all 30 previously performed improvs that are on the ballot for the Raw Stewage quarter. You can listen to the snippets here and buy the Raw Stewage 2013 compilation for $13 which gets you over eight hours of music…