Chicago's favorite export is coming to Colorado, and I'm not talking about either crooked politicians or Da Bears. I'm talking about Umphrey's McGee, who will be doing a four-night stint along the Front Range later this month, beginning at the Aggie in Fort Collins on the 22nd. From there, UM will be stopping at the Boulder Theater on the 23rd, with back to back gigs in Denver at the Fillmore and Cervantes on the 24th, and a show in Breckenridge on the 25th.
Umphrey's McGee is touring in support of their new album, Mantis, and are sure to draw some huge crowds along the way, so get your tickets now if you don't want to miss out. For the album, Umphrey's is waging an innovative, and fan-driven pre-order campaign. The more pre-orders that come in, the more bonus material becomes available. The idea: fans spread the word so that everybody gets more swag. Brilliant.
Anyone not yet on the Umphrey's bandwagon deserves to know that the band is as innovative with their music as they are with their marketing. Jazzy, jammy, danceable, psychedelic, intellectual, and above all experimental, UM is finding more fans and more acclaim all the time. Last time they came through Boulder, we were lucky enough to be a part of the special all-acoustic Umphrey's experience. This time, the band will be all-electric, turned up to 11, and pedaling high-energy mania like cheap beer – as much as you want for as long as you can take it. The acoustic shows are fun, but this time it'll be Umphrey's in their element, the way they were meant to be seen.
After they leave Colorado, Umphrey's McGee will hit the road again for the rest of their national tour, with stops basically everywhere from the here to the East Coast. Check out the band's website for dates, and to download a free holiday EP featuring never-before released material culled from holiday shows over the past few years. See you at the show!