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Umphrey's McGee's S2 Stew Art Series featured at Time.com

Umphrey’s McGee’s innovative Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) – an interactive fan experience where audience members “conduct” the band’s live improvisations - continues to garner industry attention for its ground breaking approach to building the ever-important band/fan relationship. Most recent: Time.com just posted a video feature on the band and their S2 series.

Umphrey’s will host their next S2 event this Friday, October 22, at Michigan’s Kalamazoo State Theatre. As with all S2 shows, the event sold out in just minutes.

Hosted as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage will be entirely directed by S2 audience members. Tickets for each event sell out in just minutes.

For S2, fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever came to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.”


Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new this fall. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now. Their current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI w/ S2 Event
Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH
Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA
Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL
Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL
Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL
Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Wax Fang Release New Single on Yim Yames' label

Louisville, KY’s Wax Fang share much more of a connection with My Morning Jacket than a common hometown and a penchant for playing ambitious and electrifying music.  Today the trio are releasing “The Astronaut (Part 1),a sprawling seventeen minute digital-only single, on MMJ frontman Yim Yames’ label, Removador Recordings & Solutions.  Click HERE to listen to the track, which is available for purchase now at iTunes.

Upon returning from their maiden UK tour, highlighted by an invitation from Pavement to play their All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Wax Fang shacked up in a makeshift analog studio in a vacant gymnasium to work on their first new material since 2007’s La La Land.  Epic in both length and in spirit, “The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the band’s most grandiose work yet.

Taking inspiration from the outer space themes of 70’s progressive rock and psychedelia, the song’s lyrics vividly guide the listener alongside a gripping journey with an astronaut lost in the cosmos.  Musically, the band is also influenced by the traditions of noisy art-rock of the 80’s and 90’s, as well as the early electronic experimentations pioneered by artists like Brian Eno.

“The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the first half of the band’s forthcoming EP, The Astronaut.  The second-half and the full EP will be released on Removador in 2011.  In the meantime you can catch Wax Fang opening for My Morning Jacket on October 29th in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.

Umphrey's McGee Releases Free MP3 Download & Announces Digital EP series

Umphrey’s McGee announces today a collection of new music to be released this fall. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit Umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now throughout the U.S. As always, along the way Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their hometown New Year’s Eve run on December 29, 30 and 31, this year at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA

Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR

Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA with S2 EVENT

Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA

Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH

Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN

Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC

Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL

Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

The Drums' Internationally Acclaimed Debut Out Today

Following a massive wave of critical acclaim, New York City’s own The Drums release their state-side debut on Downtown Records today!  Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best indie pop debuts of the year.” the band is featured on Windows Media Guide and Last.FM Discover today.  The full album is streaming on AOL Spinner and a new special b-side “When I Come Home” is RCRD LBL’s RCRD of the Day” MP3 download today!

The Drums’ spellbinding sound takes inspiration from elements of some of the greatest bands in history from The Smiths to the The Shangri-las and fuses them with the band’s own raw energy and excitement. The rhythm and reverb will force you to dance and the melodies will stay with you after the first listen.

After the release of their debut EP Summertime! and a string of tour dates in the UK, The Drums were listed at #1 on both Clash and NME’s Top Tips of the Year, in addition to being #5 on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll. Their live show has been called “explosive” and Jonny Pierce “one of the most magnetic frontmen in years.” The list of supporters is endless but nothing is more convincing than this stellar collection of songs. The last track on the album is entitled “The Future.” Fitting, since it will be full of sounds from The Drums.

You’ve heard the buzz and with the release of the band’s debut album, the songs speak for themselves. The band is currently on a national co-headlining tour with Surfer Blood.  Get ready to listen to the album that is sure to be your end of summer soundtrack.

The Drums/Surfer Blood 2010 North American Tour Dates

9/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
9/17: Orlando, FL @ Social
9/18: Miami, FL @ Grand Central
9/19: Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
9/20 Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground Coffeehouse
9/21: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (The Drums ONLY)
9/24: Dallas, TX @  The Loft (The Drums ONLY)
9/25: Austin, TX @ ND (The Drums ONLY)
9/27: Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
9/28 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
9/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
10/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (The Drums ONLY)
10/03: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (The Drums ONLY)
10/05: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
10/07: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/10: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/16: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (The Drums ONLY)
10/17: Montreal, QB @ Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire (The Drums ONLY)
10/18: Boston, MA @ Paradise (The Drums ONLY)
10/20: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time

Smashing Pumpkins new single "Spangled"

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are issuing a brand new track “Spangled” Tuesday, September 14, available exclusively as a free download for 24 hours through the website for The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: www.sweetrelief.org. Spangled” will then become available the next day (Wednesday, September 15) at www.smashingpumpkins.com where a widget is also offered that enables fans to host the song anywhere on the web. “It’s just a pretty song,” says BILLY CORGAN of “Spangled,” which marks the sixth release from the band’s in-progress 44-song project TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. It is the second song (the recently released “Freak” was the first) from what will be the band’s second EP--TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOLUME 2: THE SOLSTICE BARE --tied to this project.

When visitors go to the Sweet Relief website, they’ll be encouraged to donate to the organization, although it is not a requirement to contribute money when freely downloading the song. The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.  Visitors to the site who donate $10.00 (or more) to the Sweet Musicians Relief Fund can also enter a raffle to win a Fender “Billy Corgan Stratocaster” custom guitar that will be signed by the musician.

The Pumpkins recently raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert Tuesday, July 27 at Chicago’s Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. The money is going to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief and is helping to pay for the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who this past June was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband.

In touring news, the band--singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO--have announced they will return to Australia this October for shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They will also head to South America in November for shows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.

Here are band’s in progress- tour dates:

Tue      Sept 14            Spokane, WA                          Knitting Factory

Thu      Sept 16            Boise, ID                                 Knitting Factory

Fri        Sept 17            Salt Lake City, UT                   In the Venue

Sat       Sept 18            Denver, CO                             Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Mon     Sept 20            Austin, TX                                Stubb’s Waller Creek Ampihitheatre

Tue      Sept 21            Houston, TX                            Warehouse Live

Wed    Sept 22            Dallas, TX                               Palladium Ballroom

Fri        Sept 24            Tulsa, OK                                Cain’s Ballroom

Sat       Sept 25            Kansas City, KS                     Capital Federal Park at Sandstone

Fri        Oct 8               Jakarta, Indonesia                   Java Rockin Land Festival/Carnaval

Tue      Oct12              Perth, AU                                 Riverside Theatre

Wed    Oct 13             Adelaide, AU                            Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Fri        Oct 15             Melbourne, AU                     Festival Hall

Sat       Oct 16             Sydney, AU                             Big Top

Sun      Oct 17             Brisbane, AU                           The Tivoli

Thu      Nov 18             Buenos Aires, Argentina         Luna Park

Sat       Nov 20             Sao Paulo, Brazil                    Planeta Terra Festival

Tue      Nov 23             Santiago, Chile                        Arena Movistar

Thu      Nov 25             Lima, Peru                              Lima Hot Festival

Umphrey's McGee adds to Fall Tour & Announces NYE run

Today, Umphrey’s McGee rounds out their fall tour plans with newly confirmed dates in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Champaign, Illinois; Burlington, Vermont; Washington D.C, and others. Also announced today, Umphrey’s McGee will spend New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Chicago for one more year, this time at the city’s Riviera Theatre on December 29, 30 and 31. The band’s complete list of fall dates is included below.

As the band’s keyboardist Joel Cummins explains about their tenth New Year’s in Chicago, and their last for at least a while, "We've played nearly every room in Chicago over the course of our career, to continue keeping things interesting, we've chosen one of our favorite venues in the city this year, the Riviera Theatre, with a perfect combination of lots of open floor for dancing and seats in the balcony with great sight lines. We can't wait to feel the energy in this legendary Chicago haunt explode!"

As always, along the band’s fall dates Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their New Year’s Eve run.

For the Halloween shows, “Partyin' Peeps Enhanced Experience” fan package amenities include express entry into the venue each night, a limited edition Halloween Jeff Wood 3D hologram poster, VIP area access with private cocktail service, an exclusive piece of Umphrey's McGee Halloween merchandise, a private post-show party, and more. At the Platinum Partyin' Peeps level, fans get a chance for them and twenty of their friends to have their own private dressing room backstage, a private meet and greet photo session with the band in costume, a tour of the Umphrey's McGee bus, and more. Meanwhile in Chicago, New Year’s Eve travel package amenities include downtown lodging, early entry and reserved balcony seats, VIP section access, a pre-show “Very Happy Hour,” merchandise including the official UM Track Jacket, limited edition NYE posters, and each night’s UM Live recording, an exclusive lighting demonstration by the band’s light designer, and a meet and greet with the band. Visit www.umphreys.com more all the details.

Umphrey’s McGee will host their Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) – an interactive fan experience where audience members “conduct” the band’s live improvisations - in at least of few markets along the fall tour. Presented as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage is entirely directed by S2 audience members. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews. For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever comes to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.” Stay tuned to www.umphreys.com for confirmation on S2 fall events.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, September 23 Valarium Knoxville TN

Friday, September 24 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN

Saturday, September 25 The Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK

Sunday, September 26 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR

Tuesday, September 28 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM

Wednesday, September 29 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ

Friday, October 1 The Depot Salt Lake City UT

Saturday, October 2 Knitting Factory Spokane WA

Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA

Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA

Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR

Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA

Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA

Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH

Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN

Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Wednesday, November 3 & Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT

Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC

Thursday, November 11 & Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL

Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, & Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 > Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Phish: Coral Sky Amphitheater (audio & video!)

On October 19th, JEMP Records will release Coral Sky, a 2-DVD set capturing Phish’s November 2, 1996 performance at Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL. The complete, uncut concert was created from archival videotapes of the multi-camera lawn screen feed and the audio was mixed from multi-track masters in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround.

Amid the swaying palms and soft breezes of South Florida, the two-and-a-half hour plus concert showcased some of the most unique and compelling playing of the band’s career, including a transcendent pairing of “Crosseyed And Painless” and “Run Like An Antelope.” Santana’s Karl Perazzo was featured on percussion throughout the show. Perazzo, who had become acquainted with the band members during their 1992 and 1996 summer tours with Santana, added polyrhythms that explored new space within Phish's music in this deeply experimental show. Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks sat in for the encore, “Funky Bitch.”
Check out some videos samples from the show, including 'Harry Hood' & 'Julius'
You can learn more about JEMP Records, including browsing through other JEMP releases here.

Greensky Bluegrass Performs with Grateful Dead Drummers, Announces NYE Run in Denver

As summer fades and autumn arrives, the music of Greensky Bluegrass is piquing new ears and peaking out. This past weekend at the Hoxeyville Festival in Northern Michigan, the band offered the crowd of thousands two surprise guests to close out their Saturday night show by inviting the Grateful Dead drumming duo of Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart on stage for a bluegrass-infused version of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. The set closing sit-in was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube here:

Additionally, Greensky Bluegrass announced today that the quintet will be ringing in the New Year in Denver, Colorado with two nights of raging bluegrass at Cervantes' Other Side December 30 and 31. Tickets for both shows will go on sale September 6 at www.cervatnesmasterpiece.com or www.greenskybluegrass.com with special hotel rates available for fans at the band’s website.

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve announcement and the special guest appearance of the Rhythm Devils over the weekend, the band wants to share a free download from their most recent double live CD All Access: Volume 1. For a limited time, an extended 13 minute version of the song “Train Junkie” is available for a free download here.

Energetic & Inspiring, Spiritual Rez is delivering the goods

This 6-piece roots-reggae, rock outfit is packing out clubs on a nightly basis and breaking out brand new material off of their newest release, The NexusSpiritual Rez is quickly becoming the talk of 2010.

Winners of the 2007 Boston Music Award for Best World Music Act and Alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the band provides a fresh blend of Reggae, Funk, Afrobeat and Rock to give one of the most energetic live shows around.

The band’s newest release, The Nexus, is a winning combination of the group’s positive songwriting, energy-filled live performances and their heavily inspired roots-reggae sound. “Alone Again”, showcases the group’s ability to create infectious grooves mixed with bright horn lines and searing guitar, all while giving a nod to the influences of an earlier, gentler, Wailers sound.  The powerful, “Rollin’ Dutches”, captures the band’s Ska-punk roots with tight changes and quick-lipped lyrics. The albums closing cut,  “More Than I Am”, brings everything all together.  The bands positive grasp on life shines through in Toft Willingham and Van Gordon Martin’s lyrics as the rest of the group holds it down.  The dueling patterns of guitar and horns are very tasteful and the ending crescendo reels in the listener, leaving them wanting more.

What really shines about The Nexus, is how the band’s lively stage performance and organic musicianship is captured in the studio.  The Sweat-inducing, body-shaking grooves that are created every night on tour, are recreated and mixed with expertise.  This allowed the band to formulate, The Nexus, into an emotion filled experience that really punctuates the being of Spiritual Rez.

There’s no stopping Spiritual Rez!  After years of touring the country, performing at prestigious events (Bear Creek Music Festival, Camp Bisco and The Lake Eden Arts Festival) and promoting an uplifting mix of music and attitude, the band has been fortunate to share the stage with many of their influences.  These include George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Toots and The Maytals, Steel Pulse and Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic original member, Talking Heads), who has often been a featured member. These experiences have given Spiritual Rez the ability to hone their sound and songwriting, but also share their take on reggae and funk with some of the biggest innovators of those genres.

The Boston-based band has been described by Skipper’s Smokehouse (Tampa, FL) as having “the ferocious live energy and bombast of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and PFunk, to their own blending of chill island grooves with raucous urban tribal vibes.

Their live experience continues to leave a trail of worn-out dancers as Spiritual Rez is now recognized as a band with "a higher consciousness of respect and energy through music" and will continue to grow in the hearts of music fans across the globe.

Check out Spiritual Rez with special guest Bernie Worrell on Friday, September 17th, 2010 at The Paradise Rock Club & Lounge

Umphrey's McGee Announces Fall 2010 Tourdates

After a summer of much-praised high-profile festival performances, pop prog rockers Umphrey’s McGee heads indoors this fall to play in many of the country’s most beloved theatres. As always, along the way Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31.

Media and fan reviews from Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Gathering of the Vibes, and All Good all confirmed, there is good reason that Umphrey's McGee has become a standout festival favorite, garnering coveted performance slots playing in front of the country’s largest audiences. Now, Umphrey’s takes their much-hailed live show indoors to venues in the southeast, Midwest and western States. The band’s complete fall tour schedule is listed below.

For this year’s Halloween Monster Mash-Up at St. Louis’ Pageant on October 30 and 31, Umphrey’s McGee unveils another unparalleled fan-centric experience - their “Partyin' Peeps Enhanced Experience” fan packages. Package amenities include express entry into the venue each night, a limited edition Halloween Jeff Wood 3D hologram poster, VIP area access with private cocktail service, an exclusive piece of Umphrey's McGee Halloween merchandise, a private post-show party, and more. At the Platinum Partyin' Peeps level, fans get a chance for them and twenty of their friends to have their own private dressing room backstage, a private meet and greet photo session with the band in costume, a tour of the Umphrey's McGee bus, and more. Visit umphreys.com more all the details.

Umphry’s McGee’s will host their Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) – an interactive fan experience where audience members “conduct” the band’s live improvisations - in at least of few markets along the fall tour. Presented as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage is entirely directed by S2 audience members. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews. For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever comes to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.” Stay tuned to umphreys.com for confirmation on S2 fall events.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Saturday, September 4 North Coast Music Festival Chicago IL
Thursday, September 23 Valarium Knoxville TN
Friday, September 24 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN
Saturday, September 25 The Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, September 26 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR
Tuesday, September 28 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM
Wednesday, September 29 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
Friday, October 1 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, October 2 Knitting Factory Reno NV
Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA
Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA
Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA
Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH
Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA
Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest, Live Oak, Fla
Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX