Umphrey’s McGee is gearing up for a busy summer. On June 2nd the band releases their new DVD, Umphrey’s McGee – Live. Recorded during their 2007 performance for PBS’s Soundstage, Umphrey’s McGee – Live offers an incredible 13-song set on DVD, including six favorites not shown during the PBS broadcast, which premiered this past February. Also this summer, Umphrey’s McGee celebrates the European release of their highly acclaimed new studio album, Mantis.
Legendary on the live music circuit, Chicago-based Umphrey’s McGee has perfected the art of progressive improvisation. With swirling guitar textures, multi-faceted arrangements and their signature blend of power and finesse, the sextet brings jamming to a new level. During the summer of 2007, Umphrey’s McGee came home to Chicago to record a special live performance for the award-winning PBS music series Soundstage at WTTW’s Grainger Studio. Umphrey’s McGee – Live features over two hours of dazzling music presented in High-Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus two bonus tracks (including "Made to Measure" off their most recent studio album Mantis). A visual showcase of the band’s spontaneity and innovative prowess, Umphrey’s McGee – Live, is a must-own for all music enthusiasts and progressive rock fans, and is available in stores and online for $19.99 SRP.
Also this summer, Umphrey’s McGee’s skips across the pond with the European release of their new studio album, Mantis. The special 2-disc European edition of Mantis, released by Floating World Records/Evangeline, is now available in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Scandanavia, and the UK. Mantis is Umphrey’s fifth studio release, and their most successful to date. Here’s what U.S. critics had to say:
"…the sleekly constructed tunes…sparkle with a sweetness and soul that’s more than the sum of their influences."- Entertainment Weekly
"…meticulous… If complexity is the standard by which it should be judged, Mantis warranted the buildup [of its release]." – New York Times
"A beautiful music gumbo… The band pulls off the trans-genre trick without a hitch."
– Associated Press
"…their slickest and most ambitious tunes yet." – Rolling Stone
Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour this summer, including an unlikely pairing – Notre Dame alums Umphrey’s McGee with Hasidic reggae-man Matisyahu, two nights with Dave Matthews Band, plus festival stops including ROTHBURY, All Good, High Sierra and others.
Of personal note for the Chicago natives are their confirmed appearances at Chicago’s baseball fields. The band will sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at Wrigley Field on Sunday, May 31st, when the Cubs host playoff rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then, on June 8th, the band heads to the South Side for their fifth performance at US Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox versus the Detroit Tigers. On this official "Umphrey’s McGee Fan Appreciation Night," the band will deliver a three-song acoustic set from home plate, followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Need more baseball? Catch Umphrey’s McGee’s music in a new movie about the Chicago Cubs. Titled "We Believe," the movie will be out in late spring and will premiere at the Chicago Theater on June 12th.
The complete list of confirmed summer appearances is as follows:
May 29 Mountain Jam Festival ~ Hunter Mountain Hunter NY
May 30 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
May 31 Wrigley Field Chicago IL
June 5 Wanee Festival Live Oak FL
June 6 Bama Jam Enterprise AL
June 8 US Cellular Field Chicago IL
June 25 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond VA
June 26 Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor Buffalo NY
June 27 Papermill Island Amphitheatre Baldwinsville NY
July 2 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy CA
July 3-5 ROTHBURY Rothbury MI
July 7 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA w/ Matisyahu
July 8 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA w/ Matisyahu
July 9 Central Park Summerstage New York NY w/ Matisyahu
July 10 NorVa Norfolk VA
July 11 All Good Music Festival ~ Marvin’s Mountaintop Masontown WV
July 12 Forecastle Festival Louisville KY
July 15 Simon Estes Amphitheatre Des Moines IA
July 16 Capitol Theatre Davenport IA
July 17 Crossroads Kansas City MO
July 18-19 Alpine Valley East Troy WI supporting Dave Matthews Band
July 25 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
August 15 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
September 4 Mishawaka Bellevue CO
September 5 Jazz Aspen Aspen CO