March 2, 2006
Umphrey’s McGee to Invade Chicago Theatre
By Randy J. Klodz
If you’ve heard the name Umphrey’s McGee within the last few years, but haven’t
put two and two together, the Chicagoland-based sextet has amassed a steady
following nationwide with its grooving rhythms and downright fun concert performances.
Umphrey’s McGee plans to thrill the masses March 10 at Chicago Theatre.
Umphrey’s McGee—which includes Brendan Bayliss (guitar, vocals), Jake
Cinninger (guitar, Moog, synthesizer, vocals), Ryan Stasik (bass), Kris Myers
(drums, vocals), Andy Farag (percussion) and Joel Cummins (keyboards, vocals)—is
on tour in support of its upcoming album “Safety in Numbers” which is set
to hit stores on April 4.
While Umphrey’s McGee is popular in the Chicago metropolitan area, the band
is also vastly popular nationwide. When the band isn’t performing its own
headlining performances, the band will hop on tour with a popular act like
Dave Matthews Band, of which Umphrey’s McGee will perform as support on two
local Dave Matthews Band concerts at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy,
Wis. on July 1 and July 2.
Fans familiar with Umphrey’s McGee enjoy the band’s penchant for impromptu
jamming interludes and the band’s fan, party-friendly style of performance.
“Safety in Numbers” further adds a layer to the Umphrey’s McGee maturation
process with several songs topping five, six, and seven minutes each.
“Safety in Numbers” songs like “Intentions Clear,” “Nemo,” “The Weight Around,”
“Women Wine and Song.” When one listings close, the harmonica of Huey Lewis
can be detected on “Women Wine and Song,” while the jazzy saxophone of Joshua
Redman brings “Intentions Clear” to a whole new level. Fans will also enjoy
the laid-back instrumental track “End of the Road.”
Chicago Theatre is at 175 N. State St. Tickets for this all-ages show are
listed in a range from $27.50 thru $32.50 each with showtime slated for 7:30
p.m. For more info on Umphrey’s McGee log on to www.umphreys.com.