No strangers to innovative fan-interaction, Umphrey’s McGee (@umphreysmcgee) is currently hosting the first session of sUMmer school at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Deep in the Catskill Mountains, the five day music camp experience allows 150 of their fans and fellow musicians to interact with the band and crew. Attendees have a chance to go to workshops, Q&A sessions, jam with the band and hang out with the UM crew all week long. School was in session starting Monday and a syllabus of the activities, which run through Sunday, can be viewed here. The first reports from school have been rolling in via Twitter and we’ve rounded some of them up below.
Kevin Browning (@Soundcaresser) the man in charge of the band’s creative and business development, is on site and firing off regular updates:
Keyboard wizard Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) is also keeping those who couldn’t be there updated with regular tweets from the scene at the Full Moon Resort:
First day of @ sUMmer school, couldn’t ask for a better location or better house staff. Thank you Full Moon! Let’s do this!
View of Northern Lights house @ sUMmer school…. Sun sets on day 1! Hard to be better out here…. http://t.co/2aXC55RI
Night 1 of @ sUMmer school in the books. Check out Visions, Conduit & EOTR > JO. Great time hangin & playin w a few of you here
A great day of all things @ ! Sessions, kickball & rawk show: check out Phils > NC > Phils & our 1st @ Weird Fishes
Ryan Stasik (@ryanstasik), the band’s bassist and mustache and rat tail grower, is also tweeting from the Catskills:
This sUMmer school is fucking rad. It’s like a musician’s fantasy camp. I was walking around last night and saw at least four different jam
Sessions going on. New peeps playing with eachother, people raging in the fields, barns, cafes, and tents. Inspiring. Well done team!!
Browning captured this sick image of lighting designer Jefferson Waful (@jeffersonwaful) at work:
Waful’s been tweeting from camp as well, including his usual setlist updating:
Umphrey’s McGee8.6.12Full Moon ResortBig Indian, NYRoom to Breathe, Example 1, Visions>Conduit, Utopian Fir#umphreys #summerschool
Umphrey’s McGee8.7.12Full MoonBig Indian, NYPhil’s Farm>No Comment>Phil’s Farm, Higgins, Go to Hell, Mantis#umphreys #summerschool
DBK>Comma Later>Weird Fishes/Arpeggi**Radiohead cover, first time played, not planned or rehearsed. Myers on vox#umphreys #summerschool