Umphrey's McGee

Umphrey's McGee live webcast on Oct 3, new logo will be unveiled

Umphrey’s McGee and Martin Sexton perform a double-header concert webcast on Sunday Oct. 3, live from the soundstage of Ex’pression College for Digital Art in Emeryville, CA.

The concert is hosted by CreativeAllies.com, an online design community that lets anyone submit art in official design contests for high-profile artists including M.I.A., OK Go, Amanda Palmer, Jack Johnson and Thievery Corporation.

Sexton takes the stage first at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 ET, followed by Umphrey's McGee at 8 PT/11 ET. Umphrey’s McGee’s official new logo, chosen from entries in a Creative Allies logo design contest, will be revealed live during the webcast.

The webcast is filmed by students at Ex’pression College for Digital Art and simulcast on Ustream.

View the webcast here.

View the 300+ entries in the Umphrey’s McGee logo design contest at www.creativeallies.com

Introducing Blackwater Music & Art Festival and the Return of Bear Creek Music

Big IV Productions owner and CEO Lyle Williams and director/Chief promoter Paul Levine continue to shape Florida’s music scene with plans to bring two festivals to Live Oak, Florida’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in 2010. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, Bear Creek Music Festival will take place November 12-14 and the inaugural Blackwater Music & Art Festival will touch down August 26-28.

Gathering of the Vibes 2010 | Review & Photos

Until I arrived at this year’s Gathering of The Vibes Festival in Bridgeport, CT, I didn’t know I was looking for something. Until I left, I didn’t realize that I had found it. The following is a recounting of that journey. Along the way masters in the field of musical entertainment will appear. All were influential, some more than others. But as you read this recounting of GOTV 2010, remember that this is one man’s quest.

30db | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 5/19/2010 | Review

As I was walking on the hill in Boulder to get some Chinese food and a beer before the show, I passed by a very animated and excited Jeff Austin (mandolin player from Yonder Mountain String Band) talking to a friend. It was interesting because he was putting the same energy into the conversation that he usually puts into his live performances.

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15th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival adds Furthur!

Gathering of the Vibes, the largest and most-respected Music, Arts and Camping Festival in the Northeast, is thrilled to return to Seaside Park, on the shores of Long Island Sound in Bridgeport, CT, July 29 through August 1.

Umphrey's McGee Announces Full Summer Schedule

On the heels of big plays in Amsterdam and Australia, and still buzzing from the ground-breaking first annual UMBowl in Chicago, pop prog rockers Umphrey's McGee today unveil their complete summer 2010 tour schedule.

The band’s summer plans include stops at festivals throughout the country: Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Summerfest, and All Good, among others. Additional tour highlights include a highly anticipated Colorado visit - for a July 3 “Red Rocks & Blue” show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Galactic (w/ Cyril Neville) and The Wailers and an intimate play on the 4th of July at the Gothic Theatre, and an opening stint for Widespread Panic on July 13 at LC Outdoor Amphitheater in Columbus, OH. Umphrey’s McGee’s complete summer tour schedule is included below.

The always forward-thinking Umphrey’s McGee recently carved out new terrain in musical interactivity with fans, when they hosted the first annual “UMBowl” - an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago. For the April 24th event, fans determined the show’s entire set list via real time text messaging and pre-show balloting. Complete with (quite funny) ESPN style videos in between quarters, UMBowl football jersey-styled t-shirts, and “overtime”, the venue roared with the energy of an NFL Playoff game. Each quarter offered a unique approach to fan interaction – such as an acoustic “1st quarter” with songs determined by pre-show balloting, and a wholly improvised 2nd quarter performance driven by real time texting from the fans to the soundboard, where it was reviewed and delivered to the band (and the crowd) by “offensive coordinator/sound caresser” Kevin Browning. A Blogritics.org review hailed UMBowl as “…challenging, fan-centric and courageous.”

Umphrey’s McGee also recently released their song "1348" on the Rock Band Network. This marks the first time Umphrey’s McGee’s music has been part of any video game, and the progressive-rock influenced music proves to be a great fit. For “1348” Umphrey’s McGee worked with former Harmonix Music Systems employee and current Rock Band Network freelancer Andrew Buch. In addition to “1348”, Buch is helping to prepare several Umphrey’s McGee songs for the program that will be made available soon.

Umphrey’s McGee’s complete list of summer tour dates is as follows:

Friday, May 28 - Sunday, May 30 Summercamp Chillicothe IL
Wednesday, June 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Brock Butler
Thursday, June 3 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Brock Butler
Friday, June 4 - Saturday, June 5 Wakarusa Festival Ozark AR
Thursday, June 10 - Sunday, June 13 Bonnaroo Manchester TN
Wednesday, June 30 Summerfest Milwaukee WI
Friday, July 2 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Saturday, July 3 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO w/ Galactic and The Wailers
Sunday, July 4 Gothic Theatre Englewood CO
Wednesday, July 7 Centennial Terrace Sylvania OH Co-headlining w/ moe.
Thursday, July 8 Party in the Park Rochester NY w/ Cornmeal
Friday, July 9 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 10 Forecastle Festival Louisville KY
Sunday, July 11 Jamboozle Big Flats NY
Tuesday, July 13 LC Outdoor Amphitheater Columbus OH Opening for Widespread Panic
Thursday, July 15 Lafayette Square Buffalo NY w/ Tea Leaf Green
Friday, July 16 Frederick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids MI
Saturday, July 17 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN w/ Rusted Root
Thursday, July 29 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset MA w/ Rebelution
Friday, July 30 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis MA w/ Rebelution
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT
Sunday, August 1 Hampton Beach Casino Room Hampton Beach NH w/ Rebelution
Wednesday, August 4 Saranac Brewery Utica NY w/ Rebelution
Thursday, August 5 Theatre at Westbury Westbury NY w/ Rebelution
Friday, August 6 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe PA
Saturday, August 7 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ
Wednesday, August 11 The Norva Norfolk VA
Thursday, August 12 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC w/ Rebelution
Friday, August 13 Raleigh Amphiteater Raleigh NC w/ Rebelution
Saturday, August 14 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA w/ Rebelution
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak FL

Thursday January 20 - Sunday, 24 2011 Mayan Holidaze Mayan Riviera, Mexico w/ The Disco Biscuits and STS9

Umphrey's McGee's "1348" Launches in Rock Band

Umphrey's McGee will be launching their song "1348" on the Rock Band Network this week. This marks the first release by the band in any video game, and the progressive-rock influenced music proves to be a great fit.

Umphrey's McGee has been working with former Harmonix Music Systems employee and current Rock Band Network freelancer Andrew Buch. Buch is working on several songs for the program, including 1348 and Miss Tinkles Overture." "1348" is the first of these songs to be made available, with plans for others to follow shortly.

Buch, whose mind-numbingly difficult "Trippolette" is one the top-five best-selling launch songs on the Rock Band Network, has worked on several games in the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises and was a likely choice to prepare the music of Umphrey's McGee for the game. Samples of his work can be found on his website www.andrewbuch.com, including video footage of both Umphrey's McGee's music and "Trippolette" running in-game.

"1348" is scheduled to release on Wednesday or Thursday of this week, and will be available to be purchased in Rock Band 2 on the XBOX 360 via the newly implemented Rock Band Network Store. It will additionally be available to purchase via the XBOX Live Marketplace.

UMBowl: Another Innovative Music Experience by Umphrey's McGee

The forward-thinking band Umphrey’s McGee will carve out new terrain in musical interactivity with their fans at the first “UMBowl,” an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert on Saturday, April 24th, at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago.

Umphrey’s, which has long forged a close bond with its national fan base through technological innovation, will explore fresh frontiers in the five-hour event, styled to emulate a football game with four “quarters” of unique musical performances that will actually be generated by audience input. Half the night’s music will be determined by text messaging on “gameday” itself.

The first quarter (Q1) will be an acoustic set entirely chosen by attendees; ticket holders will receive ballots and cast votes on the songs to be performed. Q2 will be a wholly improvised performance driven by bi-directional texting, sifted and delivered by “offensive coordinator” (and longtime Umphrey’s sound caresser) Kevin Browning to the band, which will then use the audience input to construct their jams. Q3 will be an all-request segment, with songs again determined by pre-balloting from the audience members. Fans will be able to vote not just on song selection but actually how those songs are arranged and varied from their original form. In Q4, the live audience will actually act as the group’s quarterback, “calling audibles” to direct the course of a free-flowing set via text messages sent to Browning in response to choices projected on an in-house screen.

The text-messaging element of UMBowl, powered by Mozes, was first employed by Umphrey’s McGee at their Stew Art (or “S2”) series, launched in fall 2009. Hosted as freestanding events before Umphrey’s shows in select tour markets, the 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. Sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references to the Umphrey's mobile interface, which are then interpreted by the band.


Umphrey’s McGee had previously taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their most recent studio recording, Mantis, was released in January 2009, the collection was made available for pre-order in an interesting way. The more Mantis pre-orders were received, the more free bonus content was received. Fans “unlocked” levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.

The band was also among the first group of performers to offer songs at Rock Band Network. The much buzzed-about video game platform works with Xbox video game systems, and allows bands to offer fans a way to dig into their favorite group’s music in ways they have never been able to before.

UMBowl tickets went on sale last Friday and sold out in just minutes.

For the many out-of-town fans attending UMBowl, the band, together with long-standing travel partners CID Entertainment, offered travel packages for the event. Included in each package are tickets to UMBowl, luxury accommodations at the new Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago, a drink package for the pre-party at the Umphrey’s hometown hang The Store, a personalized UMBowl jersey, gameday transportation, and more. For further information, go here.

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