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Umphrey's McGee Presents "Terror-Torium" on Halloween

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee pays tribute to Halloween and to classic American horror films with TERROR-TORIUM, a fright-filled evening of music, costumes and décor taking place at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on October 31st. Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite horror movie character and partake in a costume contest, with the winner taking home tickets to every Fillmore show for one year. Denver's own Kinetix will open the show.

The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well.  Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

Recorded in Indianapolis in April 2007 and produced by longtime "sound caresser" / honorary seventh member Kevin Browning, the two-disc set features fan favorites like "Push the Pig," "The Triple Wide," "In the Kitchen," and "Nothing Too Fancy" along with rare tunes like the set-ending "Padgett's Profile" and the brief but torrid "Angular Momentum," centered on the combo of drummer Kris Myers and guitarist Jake Cinninger.  The band also dusts off tunes like "Hajimemashite" from '98s Songs for Older Women, and the Yes meets Little Feat-influenced "40's Theme," a live favorite for the band and its fans.

Throughout the show, UM's invention brings the progressive instrumental chops of Zappa and the stylistic savvy of Steely Dan.  It is innovative without being indulgent, exhilarating without losing control, and there are plenty of improv passages that keep the band and their fans off-balance.  Clearly, logging 120 gigs a year, "live" is where UM lives.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 04 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
October 05 Granada Theater Dallas TX
October 06 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
October 14 The Echo Project Fairburn GA
October 16 Toad's Place - Lady Byrd Hat Building Richmond VA
October 17 Nightclub 9:30 Washington DC
October 18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY
October 19-20 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
October 22 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
October 24-25 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston MA
October 27 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
October 28 Vegoose Las Vegas NV
October 31 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
November 09 IU Auditorium / Univ. of Indiana Bloomington IN
November 10 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
November 15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
November 16 City Hall Nashville TN
November 18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
November 29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
November 30 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
December 01 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor MI
December 13-17 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Jamaica
December 29-31 The Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 16-18 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

Live at the Murat is the latest feather in the cap of the dazzling sextet.  They followed their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers with the magical odds and sods The Bottom Half in the spring of this year.  The album, with its outtakes, alternate versions, and other nifty bits, reached #26 on Billboard's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart and received high marks from the music press.  HARP magazine recently noted "…[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."  Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  Booked by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on, as does Umphrey's McGee.

Umphrey's McGee Kicks Out the Jams with “Live at the Murat”

photo by Phil Emma-GratefulWeb.net- for the Grateful Web

The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well. Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

Recorded in Indianapolis in April 2007 and produced by longtime "sound caresser" / honorary seventh member Kevin Browning, the two-disc set features fan favorites like "Push the Pig," "The Triple Wide," "In the Kitchen," and "Nothing Too Fancy" along with rare tunes like the set-ending "Padgett's Profile" and the brief but torrid "Angular Momentum," centered on the combo of drummer Kris Myers and guitarist Jake Cinninger.  The band also dusts off tunes like "Hajimemashite" from '98s Songs for Older Women, and the Yes meets Little Feat-influenced "40's Theme," a live favorite for the band and its fans.  

Throughout the show, UM's invention brings the progressive instrumental chops of Zappa and the stylistic savvy of Steely Dan.  It is innovative without being indulgent, exhilarating without losing control, and there are plenty of improv passages that keep the band and their fans off-balance.  Clearly, logging 120 gigs a year, "live" is where UM lives.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 13 Orpheum Theatre Madison WI
September 14 Canopy Club Urbana IL
September 15 Taft Theatre Cincinnati OH
October 04 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
October 05 Granada Theater Dallas TX
October 06 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
October 14 The Echo Project Fairburn GA
October 16 Toad's Place - Lady Byrd Hat Building Richmond VA
October 17 Nightclub 9:30 Washington DC
October 18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY
October 19-20 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
October 22 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
October 24-25 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston MA
October 27 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
October 28 Vegoose Las Vegas NV
October 31 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
November 15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
November 16 City Hall Nashville TN
November 17 Work Play Soundstage Birmingham AL
November 18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
November 29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
December 01 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor MI
December 13-17 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Jamaica
December 29-31 The Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 16-18 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

More dates to be announced.

Live at the Murat is the latest feather in the cap of the dazzling sextet.  They followed their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers with the magical odds and sods The Bottom Half in the spring of this year.  The album, with its outtakes, alternate versions, and other nifty bits, reached #26 on Billboard's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart and received high marks from the music press.  HARP magazine recently noted "…[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."  Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  Booked by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on, as does Umphrey's McGee.

Umphrey's McGee to Perform at the Crystal Ballroom

Bayliss - Photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee recently released The Bottom Half – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In NumbersThe Bottom Half includes two discs: disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions.  The album, which recently reached #26 on Billboard 's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart, is receiving highmarks;  HARP Magazine recently reviewed " …[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."

Now, on the heels of a very special home-town Green Apple Festival performance to an over-flowing crowd of almost 15,000 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a National Anthem appearance at U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox's home opener, Umphrey's McGee hits the road in support of The Bottom Half.

The current list of confirmed tourdates is as follows:

May 25-27 Summer Camp 2007 Chillicothe IL
June 01 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
June 01-03 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
June 07 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
June 08 Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater Truckee CA
June 09 Harmony Festival Sonoma CA
June 10 The Catalyst Santa Cruz CA
June 12 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
June 13 John Anson Ford Theatre Los Angeles CA
June 14 House of Blues San Diego CA
June 27 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 28 NTELOS Pavilion Portsmouth VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 29 Lincoln Theatre Street Stage Raleigh NC With The Disco Biscuits
June 30 Masquerade Park Atlanta GA With The Disco Biscuits
July 01 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach FL With The Disco Biscuits
July 05 Summerfest 2007 Milwaukee WI
July 07 GratefulFest Garrettsville OH
July 13 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
July 13-15 Trancegression Festival Copper Mountain CO
July 19 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN
August 17-18 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville IN With Dave Matthews Band
August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs KS With Dave Matthews Band

More dates to be announced.

Umphrey's McGee's growing success has not gone unnoticed.  The band's virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft compelled Rolling Stone to choose them as "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue, and recently prompted Guitar Player Magazine to include the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."  Umphrey's McGee, who's headlining shows consistently sell-out from coast to coast, boasts appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many others.

Umphrey's McGee On Tour Now!

Jake Cinninger- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee releases a double disc album – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers.  Titled The Bottom Half, disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions. As with Safety In Numbers, famed album artist Storm Thorgerson has designed the artwork for The Bottom Half.

Safety In Numbers attracted mountains of attention for Chicago's rising stars during 2006.  The highly anticipated album charted on Billboard's Top 200 and on the coveted "Heatseekers" chart, and received a "4 Star" review in Blender magazine.  Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, Guitar Player Magazine recently featured the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."

Umphrey's McGee will tour this spring/summer in support of their new release.  The list of stops includes a few very special apperances in their hometown of Chicago.  The band will perform the National Anthem at U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox home opener on April 2nd.  This marks the third time Umphrey's McGee has sung the National Anthem at U.S. Cellular Field.  Later in April, look for the band to headline the city's inaugural Green Apple Festival. 

Umphrey's performed this Earth Day festival last year in New York City, and is honored to now bring the earth-friendly event to their hometown.  Umphrey's will headline the festivities at the Lincoln Park Zoo on April 22 nd, in addition to a very special intimate Vic Theatre performance on April 21st.  A portion of the proceeds for the show, and 100% of the sales from an exclusive show poster, will be donated to a Chicago environmental organization to be determined.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

April 11 Calvin Theatre Northampton MA With Brothers Past
April 12 Avalon Theatre Boston MA With Brothers Past
April 13 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York NY
April 14 9:30 Club Washington D.C. With Brothers Past
April 15 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
April 17 The Opera House Toronto Ontario
April 18 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe PA
April 19 The Town Ballroom Buffalo NY
April 20 Newport Music Hall Columbia OH
April 21 The Vic Theatre - Green Apple Music and Arts Festival Chicago IL
April 22 Lincoln Park Zoo - Green Apple Music and Arts Festival Chicago IL
May 02-03 The Workplay SoundStage Birmingham AL
May 04 House Of Blues New Orleans LA
May 05 Granada Theatre Dallas  TX
May 06 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis TN
May 25-27 Summer Camp 2007 Chillicothe IL
June 02 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
July 18-21 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN

More dates to be announced.

It has been a quick rise for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee.  Their virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft recently compelled Rolling Stone to choose Umphrey's "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue.  Relix magazine put them on the cover of their December 2004 issue and the prestigious Chicago Music Awards bestowed upon Umphrey's McGee the coveted Best Rock Entertainer of the Year award. Booked coast to coast by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on.

The Fox Theater Celebrates 15 Years with Umphrey's McGee

This past week the legendary Fox Theater in Boulder celebrated fifteen years of bringing exceptional music to Colorado.  The year was 1992 when Don Strasburg and his associates decided to turn the once rundown movie theater into one of the country's most popular music venues.  Since then, such celebrated artists as Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band,

Umphrey's McGee Releases Double Disc, 'The Bottom Half'

Jake Cinninger- for the Grateful Web

On April 3, 2007 Umphrey's McGee releases a double disc B-Sides album – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers. Titled The Bottom Half, disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions. As with Safety In Numbers, famed album artist Storm Thorgerson has designed the artwork for The Bottom Half.

Safety In Numbers attracted mountains of attention for Chicago's rising stars during 2006. The highly anticipated album charted on Billboard's Top 200 and on the coveted "Heatseekers" chart, and received a "4 Star" review in Blender magazine. Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, Guitar Player Magazine recently featured the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

February 21 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale FL
February 22 State Theatre St. Petersburg FL
February 23 The Music Farm Charleston SC
February 24 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
February 25 Legend's Music Hall Boone NC
February 27 The NorVa  Norfolk VA
February 28 Georgia Theater Athens GA
March 01 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
March 02 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN
March 05-06 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
March 14 Canopy Club Urbana IL
March 15 The Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
March 16 Clutch Cargos Pontiac MI
March 17 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend IN
March 22 Orpheum Theatre Madison WI
March 23-24 First Avenue Minneapolis MN
April 03 Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom Iowa City IA
April 04 The Blue Note Columbia MO
April 05 The Pageant St. Louis MO
April 06-07 Egyptian Room - Murat Centre Indianapolis IN
April 11 Calvin Theatre Northampton MA
April 12 Avalon Theatre Boston MA
April 13 Nokia Theatre Time Square New York NY
April 14 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
April 15 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
April 17 The Opera House Toronto Ontario
April 18 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe PA
April 19 The Town Ballroom Buffalo NY
April 20 Newport Music Hall Columbia OH
April 21 TBA - Green Apple Music Festival Chicago IL
May 02-03 The Workplay SoundStage Birmingham AL
May 04 House Of Blues New Orleans LA
May 05 Granada Theatre Dallas  TX
May 25-27 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL
June 02 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
July 18-21 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN

It has been a quick rise for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee. Their virtuoso playing and edgy song craft recently compelled Rolling Stone to choose Umphrey's "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue. Relix magazine put them on the cover of their December 2004 issue and the prestigious Chicago Music Awards bestowed upon Umphrey's McGee the coveted Best Rock Entertainer of the Year award. Booked coast to coast by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on.

Umphrey's McGee: Layers of the Unexpected

"One of my favorite quotes by Igor Stravinsky, is 'My music is best understood by children and animals,'" says Joel Cummins, the keyboard player for Umphrey's McGee." I thought that was kind of cool because on some level he's kind of saying, 'Don't think about it too hard. Just try to experience it.'