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Ravinia: Pro Tips with Joel

Ravinia: Pro Tips with Joel

As Umphrey’s McGee closes in on our return to Chicagoland’s beloved Ravinia Festival, I thought I’d offer you a couple tips on how to do Ravinia right.  Growing up in the Chicago area, I’ve attended concerts at Ravinia since I was a kid, and have seen many outstanding performances there.  A few of my favorites over the years have been Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter, Taj Mahal + Bonnie Raitt and Chucho Valdes with Horacio …

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UM Trifecta at Wrigley Field

UM Trifecta at Wrigley Field

UM returns to Wrigley Field on August 11th for the trifecta. Come join us as we throw out the first pitch, sing the National Anthem and lead the 7th inning stretch. Sound fun? Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05pm CT.

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um hits the racing circuit

um hits the racing circuit

um hits the racing circuit with GTSport.

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Summer Camp USB Bottle Openers

Summer Camp USB Bottle Openers

To celebrate five sets of rock ‘n roll and the release of our Nothing Too Fancy Pale Ale, we’re pleased to offer new umUSBs at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival. These laser engraved 8GB drives will contain all five sets from the weekend in 320kbps MP3 format, plus an official remastered archival release of the 04/15/2005 show from the Canopy Club. As an added bonus, we’ll also include a copy of our new album The London Session on each …

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The S2 Concept: Fan Guided Improvisation

The S2 Concept: Fan Guided Improvisation

A user’s guide for the uninitiated, for UM’s “Stew Art Series” concept, (AKA the S2).  At one point or another, every music fan has desired to affect the outcome of a live concert. From holding up a poster with your favorite song scribbled in sharpie, the “request” is as old performance art itself. Given the tools available to us today, we’ve entered a whole new realm of what’s possible in the field of crowd participation. And why …

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N2F Pale Ale debuts at Summer Camp

N2F Pale Ale debuts at Summer Camp

Eager to try our new Nothing Too Fancy Pale Ale? How convenient, because we’re sure eager to share. UM is pleased to announce that we’ll be pouring our brand new beer for the very first time during the Golden Ticket event at Summer Camp Music Festival next Friday afternoon. We’ll be giving away samples & selling pints starting at at 3pm. See you there! Make sure to like the beer’s page on Facebook to stay up to …

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UMBowl VI: Choose Your Own Adventure Results

UMBowl VI: Choose Your Own Adventure Results

The UMBowl Choose Your Own Adventure Quarter is UM in your hands. Your real time text votes dictate how the set unfolds. What you chose… Total Votes: Miss Tinkle’s Overture (132), All In Time (407), Bridgeless (410) Total Votes: Dear Lord (172), Den (436), Pay The Snucka (358) Total Votes: Educated Guess (271), Hindsight (304), Piranhas (194) Total Votes: Roulette (84), SFB (177), Mamu (227) Total Votes: Riff Rock (33), Groove (115), Get Weird (272) Total …

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UMBowl VI: The Videos

UMBowl VI: The Videos

Quarter 1: Quarter 2: Quarter 3: Quarter 4: Encore: Debuted at UMBowl VI in Las Vegas, NV, 05/01/15. Directed & edited by Jefferson Waful Filmed by CJ Strehlow & Colin Anders via TourGigs Subscribe to Umphrey’s on YouTube

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“Glory” Video Premiere on DiffusorFM

“Glory” Video Premiere on DiffusorFM

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch “Glory” from The London Session at Diffuser. “Even as a pure instrumental tune, there is a staggering and dynamic spirit that grows throughout the four-minute performance.” “We based the track entirely on feel, with no preset determination of how long it should be,” Cinninger explains. “Instead of using the energy of the crowd, we used the energy of the room as our guide. No two takes were the same; add the piano intro and a …

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A Recap: Jake Cinninger and US Air Force Heritage of America Band “The Blue Aces”

A Recap: Jake Cinninger and US Air Force Heritage of America Band “The Blue Aces”

On January 18th, we were contacted by SSgt Aaron Weibe of the United States Airforce regarding their interest in having Jake come to Langley Air Force base in Norfolk, Virginia to do a clinic for and perform with the Blue Aces, a full time rock band for the US Air Force. When presented with this unique opportunity, Jake jumped at the chance, and the Umphrey’s military rock band plan was hatched. After a series of …

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Sonos Studio

Sonos Studio

We stopped by the Sonos Studio in LA before Friday’s show to talk all things The London Session. The listening session / Q&A was filled with a mix of informative banter and general absurdity. Here are a few shots from the event for your perusal, check back for video of the Q&A soon. Thanks to Sonos for having us, Golden Road for the libations, TourGigs for filming and all the UM fans who came out to chat. Ryan checks out the …

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The London Session Album Cover

The London Session Album Cover

By Kevin Browning / @soundcaresser Abbey Road. The words in any context trigger an iconic image, one of the most ubiquitous album covers since the dawn of the LP. No pressure. How exactly were we going to visually summarize recording a full album in one day at Abbey Road? Seemingly the path of least resistance was to play on the obvious…something British. As the title was yet to be determined, we weren’t sure whether the chicken or the egg …

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