Umphrey's McGee

Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:00PM
The Klein Auditorium

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Umphrey's McGee

Who's ready for a sonic excursion? Umphrey's McGee has enjoyed a rabid following among jam-band aficionados for years. With an approach based on classic song-based rock, the group possesses the chops to move into funk, jazz, prog-rock and metal -- all of which helps make its live shows unique. This is a band on the top of the scene and their stage production, lighting and audio engineering are unsurpassed on the scene. Add flawless instrumentation and changes at the drop of a dime and you have the complete rock package.

This college-touring, festival-loving Chicago-based band mixes their combined passion for prog rock, jazzy funk, classical music and wild improvisation to create a singular live experience that all music lovers are born to love. To prepare, turn to the web for fan-taped live shows (which they encourage) or the albums Live at the Murat, Mantis or Anchor Drops and turn it up real loud. If you listen to the Meters, the Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, the Disco Biscuits, Yes, or Bela Fleck, you are already a pre-fan, in need of just one live Umphrey's McGee show to do the rest.

"Umphrey's McGee ended their two-hour non-stop set at Central Park's Summerstage in New York last week with an explosive cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley," in which guitarist Jake Cinninger played Pete Townshend's percolating synthesizer riff — on a Telecaster, in real-time staccato, saturated in echo. It was a hip trick, and typical of this Chicago-based band's enthusiastic attention to detail. In fact, Umphrey's McGee may be the most accomplished jam band in America — able to spin out at length between and inside their songs, but never at the expense of the invention and melodies in the songs themselves." - Rolling Stone