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…
HT faves Umphrey’s McGee wrapped up a two-night stand in Southern California last night with a show chock full of classic material. In fact, outside of the There’s No Crying in Mexico instrumental that kicked off the evening and a cover debut, the newest song Umphrey’s performed at the West Hollywood House of Blues on Saturday was debuted was back in 2004 (Plunger – July 8th, 2004). Using the “Average Song Vintage” stat we employ for Phish setlists in our “The Skinny” columns (add the year each song was debuted and divide it by the total number of songs performed), the Average Song Vintage for last night’s show was 2003 – an unheard of figure for UM.
Mixed in among the many heavy hitters Umphrey’s employed on Saturday night was a rap cover featuring one of the band’s good friends. Longtime UM family member Clayton Halsey helped out with vocals from side-stage on the Chicago sextet’s first-ever performance of I Got Love by Nate Dogg which took place in the middle of Der Bluten Kat. I Got Love is the opening track of the late Nate Dogg’s second studio album – Music and Me. The Der Bluten Kat > I Got Love > Der Bluten Kat segment was one of three song sandwiches utilized by UM last night as they also worked Anchor Drops and Wappy Sprayberry between the beginning and ending of Bridgeless in the first set and fit Plunger, Hangover and The Triple Wide between the beginning and ending of Divisions as the bulk of set two.
Watch Umphrey’s cover of The Song Remains The Same via Faketaper…
HT faves Umphrey’s McGee continued a tour of the West Coast this weekend and as part of the run visited Oakland’s Fox Theater on Saturday night. UM guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss strapped on acoustics for a segment of Saturday’s first set for a segment that saw them sneak a second-ever performance of Hey Hey What Can I Do by Led Zeppelin in the middle of Nemo.
Umphrey’s first performed the Immigrant Song b-side in Atlanta on December 30, 2012. Jake and Brendan played acoustics on that version as well. YouTuber nowiknowyouryder has uploaded a clip of In The Kitchen from the Fox as well as Hey Hey What Can I Do. Let’s take a look…
If you’ve ever been to an Umphrey’s McGee show, you might have noticed the sound engineer listening to a live feed from the show via headphones. Now fans will have the opportunity to hear the crystal-clear mix through an innovative new program the band has just rolled out.
For $40 plus a deposit, in addition to a concert ticket, those signing up for the program will be given a pair of wireless headphones and seated in a special area where they can listen to this live feed and you’ll get a live download of the show after it ends. This new program will start on March 16th and March 17th with the band’s shows in Oakland, California and Stateline, Nevada respectively. It’s only open to 16 fans at first. If you’re interested, headphone reservations begin at noon CT on Monday, March 11th. Email your name and phone number to [email protected] as close to that time as possible.
Here’s the full details about the program from The Floor…
HT faves Umphrey’s McGee will hold their fourth annual football-themed UM Bowl concert at Chicago’s Park West on April 26th. Today, the band has revealed the concepts for each of the four UM Bowl IV quarters. While the concepts for this year’s quarters are the same as UM Bowl III, the order is different this time around and there’s been an added twist.
The first quarter will be a “Raw Stewage” set in which the band weaves past “Jimmy Stewart” improvisations together based on fan voting. Q2′s theme is “All Request Quarter+” featuring tunes voted on by fans from a ballot that will come out soon. The “+” is because this year’s ballot will include “special teams options” such as special solo, duo and trio performances. For Q3, UM will offer up a “Stew Art Event” by performing a set based on ideas texted in by fans. A “Choose Your Own Adventure” set will bring the night to a close with fans determining the direction the band will take.
Here’s the full rundown of what to expect each quarter from the UM Org…
HT faves Umphrey’s McGee are set to play a pair of shows at the Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday night. While both performances are sold out, those who can’t attend can watch the shows as they happen via Pay-Per-View webcasts.
[Photo by Chad Smith]
Each webcast will run you $6.99, with packages that also include MP3s of the show available for $14.99. Each gig is scheduled to start at 9PM MT. Head to UMLive.net to purchase 3/6 and 3/7.
Bill Evans’ Soulgrass residency at the Blue Note in NYC continued last night, where the band’s guests for both sets were Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger and MMW keyboardist John Medeski.
Just as they did on Thursday night, the ensemble tackled UM’s Glory during the late show. The version they laid down last night was completely different from Thursday’s version, not only because Popper wasn’t on hand but also due to the speed and approach, so we wanted to share MKDevo’s exceptional video of Glory from Friday’s late set. Take a peek…
Earlier today we posted a video of Bill Evans’ Soulgrass, Jake Cinninger, John Popper and John Medeski performing Glory by Umphrey’s McGee as shot by our pal LazyLightning55. Well LL has just posted another clip from the concert. Watch as the ensemble tackles Blues Traveler’s Runaround…
Bill Evans’ Soulgrass’s guest-filled residency at the Blue Note in NYC continued last night, where the band was joined by Blues Traveler front man John Popper, keyboardist John Medeski and Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger for an early and late set.
During the late set the ensemble offered a gorgeous take on UM staple Glory that featured Cinninger, Popper, Evans and Medeski each taking solos. Our pal LazyLightning55 caught the magical performance on video for our viewing pleasure. Take a look…
HT faves Umphrey’s McGee will return to headline Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado on June 7th, but instead of the more jam-centric co-bills of years past, this year they’re bringing Americana acts Dr. Dog and Delta Spirit to round out the lineup.
In addition, UM will play the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder on June 8th. A pre-sale for VIP packages tickets to the two shows will take place on Wednesday, February 27th, at 10am MT/11am CT via UMTicketing. The Chautauqua general on-sale will take place on March 1st at 10:00 am MT/11:00 am CT, while the Red Rocks general on-sale will go down a few hours later on the 1st at 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm CT.