Chicago-based band Umphrey's McGee brings a unique prog rock twist to the traditional jam band format popularized by legends like Phish and the Grateful Dead. The band's signature "improg" sound -- a combination of improvisation and progressive rock elements -- makes for an eclectic live show characterized by improvised jamming, virtuosic musicianship, and constantly changing setlists. A tireless touring act known for their marathon sets and fearless creativity, Umphrey's Mcgee continue to groove fans both new and old every time they go on tour.
Umphrey's McGee was formed by several Notre Dame students in 1997. After cutting their teeth performing covers of their idols Phish and the Grateful Dead at local venues, the band made their album debut in 1998 with the cheekily titled Greatest Hits. Vol. III. In 2001 they began experimenting with various improvisation techniques, eventually developing a method they dubbed the "Jimmy Stewart", named after the hotel ballroom in which they perfected the style. The technique made its debut at the band's shows in support of their 2002 sophomore album Local Band Does OK, which included an appearance at the inaugural Bonnaroo festival. By the late '00s the band was climbing the Billboard 200, and in 2014 their eighth studio album Similar Skin landed at No. 49 on the Billboard charts -- an impressive feat for the cult heroes. In 2014 Umphrey's McGee released the critically acclaimed album Similar Skin, their most ambitious effort to date and a perfect addition to their endlessly creative live shows.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"This is one of the absolute best bands touring today. The musicianship is simply astounding. Get familiar with their music and go see them."
"UM truly are the rightful heirs to the improg throne once occupied by The Dead, Phish etc., The diversity and range of this band is beyond belief. If you are considering going to a UM show - don't hesitate further - just get some tickets and get there."
"This is the tightest band in Rock and Roll and can change directions on a dime. Their music covers genres from Reggae to Rap to Metal all in top notch prog style. They do covers like no other band and the mash ups are out of this world."