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Umphrey's McGee

A jam band coming out of the Midwest in the mid-'90s, Umphrey's McGee edged toward the Frank Zappa side of the improv rock scale, as opposed to the Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band direction espoused by many of their contemporaries, like the Big Wu. The members of Umphrey's McGee met at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The original four bandmembers (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, and drummer Mike Mirro) had been playing in various campus bands when they got together in December 1997, naming themselves after a cousin of Bayliss'. With the national jam band infrastructure already in place, the band quickly began disseminating their live shows and soon released their first album, Greatest Hits, Vol. 3. The fourth-generation jam band often included songs by Phish and moe. in their live sets, along with the usual selection of wacky covers.

The quartet won a large following in the South Bend area. As bandmembers graduated, the group instated a more and more rigorous rehearsal schedule. Half of the band had degrees in music, so emphasis was placed on constant precision. The band religiously studied tapes of their performances in order to improve them. While their record sales never reached high levels, they used live recordings to pave the way for gigs in parts of the country they'd never been to before. A story circulates of the band selling out shows in Colorado before their first trip there due to the distribution of live CDs. In 1999, the band released a live recording, titled Songs for Older Women, their first recording to feature percussionist Andy Farag. In 2000, the band became a sextet with the addition of guitarist Jake Cinninger, a former member of a fellow South Bend group Ali Babba's Tahini, which had broken up, and they made the move to the bustling metropolis of Chicago. From their new home base, the band went on two-week jaunts throughout the Midwest, occasionally hitting other markets and sharing the stage with a variety of musicians, including Dr. Didg (aka Graham Wiggins), the Chicago-based blues harmonica player Sugar Blue, Béla Fleck, Topaz, and many others.

On New Year's Eve 2000, Umphrey's McGee released their third album, another live disc, titled One Fat Sucka. Local Band Does O.K., their first studio album, came out in 2002. In 2003, they released their first DVD, Live from the Lake Coast, which had been filmed in July 2002. It marked the last appearance on an Umphrey's McGee recording by Mirro, who had left to go to medical school and was replaced on New Year's Eve 2002 by Kris Myers, who had a Master's degree in jazz drumming. Local Band Does OKlahoma, their next live album, was also released in 2003. A second studio album, Anchor Drops, appeared in 2004 on fellow jam band the String Cheese Incident's SCI Fidelity label, and a second DVD, Wrapped Around Chicago: New Years at the Riv, was issued in 2005. In 2006, Umphrey's McGee released their third studio album, Safety in Numbers. The studio effort Bottom Half and the concert album Live at the Murat both appeared in 2007. Mantis was released early in 2009, followed by by the Manny Sanchez and Kevin Browning produced Death by Stereo in 2011. ~ Jesse Jarnow, Rovi
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Track List: 2011/11/26 II Chicago, IL

Comments

These guys r the band too keep ur eye on wen bands like phish an bisco tho great have seen the majority of there hay day so it's nice to have a fresh face pushing the envelop every night like phish did in the early to mid 90's not that they still don't amaze just that umphreys is the new heavyweight champ of jam/improv
These guys never disappoint
just got the new umph disc, these dudes dont dissappoint cinninger is a guitar master
Thursday night's show at Mtn. Jam X was the highlight of the whole weekend!!! I feel sorry for those who didn't show up till friday.
just saw these guys at summercamp with moe. twas mindmelting
Why no Zappa in this mix? Frank would have loved it.
I can sure hear echoes and textures of John Michael Talbot from the albums he did with his brother Terry Talbot.
One time my face melted right off into the sand. I spent hours trying to pick out the grit
Stl, Champaign, Peoria, Milwaukee Halloween Mashup! Summer Camp every year with Moe. The experience is six to seven sets, none the same, 3 days of umph love. Their the s**t!
Just saw them in Augusta, Georgia they did A fool in the Rain, Bulls on Parade, Africa, and Dr. Feel good, what a killer band, reminded me of Zappa. Please come back to Augusta, Georgia.
umphreys McGAY!! schwag a** band of fairys. BTW whats up with all this melted face talk get an F*ing life you man juice guzzlers.
We need our faces melted in Phoenix, even though its bloody hot here!!
tom.gresslin
Melted faces in Dallas and Austin 4/18-4/19!
Can't wait to see them in San Diego this Friday!!!
Melted faces in Oakland this weekend! Looking forward to Red Rocks!
bendejo2000
This kills me, Similar artists...he l l o . . . . L I t t l e Feat
Been showing the love since Salmonfest more than a decade ago at Bearcat Getaway in Lesterville, MO. Thanx for the great festivals High Sierra.
Gotta show some Umphluv for sure!
This tune sounz like a strange storm waxing and waning in intensity. Enjoyable to view from a safe stronghold.
yeah i only saw them twice this year....f**k i n g lame
Really nobody better.
Seen these guys live, they can melt my face any day of the week.
We LOVE THIS WONDERFUL BAND..... INCREDIBLE.. . . (SOMOFF @ SALMON BEACH TACOMA)
Seen jake when he was kid play drums at a friends house in niles mi and knew he would be something special I am a dead head from way back and I am proud to say I heard him when he was a kid
umphlove! the riff so ill just dance
At both nights for this one great shows I love their signs that said this album sucks and had every one scream it lol their the best
Umphreys! Bonnaroo, All Good, Pittsburgh! Love these guys!
UmphLove!!!!
kera_wood
just saw them and it was so great!
@bvanbruaene THATS WHASSUP
jcrawford264
\m/ \m/ UMPHREY'S!!! Atlanta 2012...
Blue bird. IU. The early days. Need I say more!
ha ha, Zappa wasn't real big on improv
so talented and their live shows are so much fun. These guys are really play!!
yesssssss
Saw them live...was not massively impressed... . b u t there are times..some songs, some live versions of things that I love. I think I need to see about 20 or 30 more shows to pass fair judgement. Sounds like an excuse to go on tour...see you this fall guys.
Saw them live...was not massively impressed... . b u t there are times..some songs, some live versions of things that I love. I think I need to see about 20 or 30 more shows to pass fair judgement. Sounds like an excuse to go on tour...see you this fall guys.
Its more Zappa in this than anything, Wish to see Jake and Dweezil share the stage
dawn1916
They have a Little Feat w/Lowell George funk. Dig it!
ill never forget the first time i saw umphrey's mcgee. i was at a widespread panic concert in cinci,ohio && i was just waiting for panic to come on stage, when i heard this beautiful music. && i said WHO IS THIS!???? since that moment true love!
coming to House of Blues in Boston in Feb. Tea Leaf Green the night before! Gonna be an awesome weekend!
dr.bone42
Those women are onions. Your argument is invalid.
Mishwawaka Brew Co was awesome everytime!
I miss those shows at the Mishawaka Brew Co. Good times! :)
aking511
Need the new album on here! Death By Stereo... Booth Love is amaze! Been into UM since 2003 when my hubby introduced me at the Mishawaka Brew Co. before they really blew up. Every show is spectacular, the band members are friendly & humble, and they always throw in a little hidden rap in there once and a while. Gotta dig it!
brendan is a wonderful man. great name too
listenin' to The Triple Wide, very impressive work gentlemen.
thom2471
Though I disagree with the Zappa finger-point i n g , as well... While I respect and adore all three, especially the Allman Brothers, live Umphrey's is preeetty unprecedente d .
thom2471
I wouldn't put them on the same page as either of those bands. Very different.
they are totally like the grateful dead and allman brothers
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