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19th Annual Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2018
19th Annual Summer Camp
Chillicothe, IL
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir

The unofficial kick off to summer is Summer Camp Music Festival. After it’s 19th year Summer Camp has solidified its name as the premier festival in the Midwest and continues to grow. Having ten stages with music being played on them nearly twenty hours a day, Summer Camp has become a music festival buffet that has something for everyone. Who says you have to be a kid to go to camp?

The unofficial camp counselors of Summer Camp are the boys from Umphrey’s McGee. From stage time to organizing the festival’s kickball game, the band has earned all possible camp badges at this point. Their Friday night set showed why the band has come to the forefront of jam scene. Starting off with, “Maybe Someday” they let everyone know they are not afraid of heights. “All in Time” seemed to have a little extra magic sprinkled on it sounding like an anthem being played across the festival grounds. “Booth Love” had support from Ryan Zoldis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce with all the juices flowing everyone ended set one in fourth gear with “Call to Arms”, from the infamous Sturgill Simpson.

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4th Annual Suwanne Hulaween – Stringier Things

4th Annual Suwannee Hulaween – Stringier Things
October 28th – 30th, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz

It’s almost time for the 4th Suwannee Hulaween. The past three years Suwannee Hulaween has hosted some of the best music, scenery and good times many have experienced at a music festival. This year will no doubt be a grand time, with seven sets of The String Cheese Incident spread out over the three-day main event and a pre-party with EOTO on Thursday. Last year’s Hulaween attendance broke records at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, but this year, tickets are limited to only 20,000.



This will be the first time My Morning Jacket will play at the Music Park. After seeing and hearing their stellar set at Lockn Fest in August, (MMJ stole that festival) everyone is looking forward to their performance. Other notable bands include Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet), The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Snarky Puppy, The Revivalists, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.


The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassed. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statues, swing sets, moving lights, mazes, and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.


The costume theme is “Stringier Things”, which will celebrate vintage 1980s supernatural horror / pop culture, inspired by the Netflix TV Show “Stranger Things”. We can’t wait to see what kind of creatively kooky costumes are on display!


Widespread Panic & Umphrey’s McGee – Pittsburgh, PA

Widespread Panic & Umphrey’s McGee

Stage AE

Pittsburgh, PA


Umphrey’s McGee (via UM Twitter)

Set: Similar Skin, Deeper > Believe the Lie, Women Wine and Song, Wizard Burial Ground > Glory > Wizard Burial Ground, Hangover, Jajunk, Eminence Front *

* w/ Jimmy Herring, Jojo Hermann and Duane Trucks


Widespread Panic (via PanicStream)

Set: Jam > Holden Oversoul, Tickle The Truth > Henry Parsons Died, You Got Yours, Big Wooly Mammoth, Imitation Leather Shoes, Aunt Avis, Rebirtha > Goin’ Out West, Steven’s Cat, Papa’s Home > Drums & Bass > Drums > Papa’s Home, For What It’s Worth*, Fishwater

Encore: Me and the Devil Blues**, Action Man

* – w/ Brendan Bayliss on guitar & vocals ** – w/ Brendan Bayliss on guitar; Joel Cummins on keys

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Dopa-Blog: The Road Journal of Dopapod – #6, Jake or Brendan?, cargo-shorts, and “White Room”

As Dopapod hits the road in anticipation of their upcoming album, Never Odd or Even, (due out November 11), they have agreed to be our eyes and ears on the front-line of Rock-n-Roll and report to Honest Tune about what life on the road is really like for a touring band.  The band will periodically be checking in and delivering their thoughts and musings from the road.   This week Rob Compa comes to us after a string of shows opening for Umphrey’s McGee.



Hey everybody! I’m sitting in the van headed home for a night before we meet up for rehearsal, and I thought I’d check in. We just finished up a two night run at one of our favorite venues to play, the Spot Underground in Providence RI, and I realized that the route back to where we were going to rehearse goes right by the exit for my apartment. I’m super excited to get a night home with my lady, my cat, and my dog before we meet up to get some tricks and treats together for our Halloween show next week. Should be a good time. But LOTS of stuff happened this week, so let me start from the beginning.


We arrived at the House of Blues in Cleveland filled with excitement to be opening for Umphrey’s McGee. I’ve been listening to that band for the last ten years of my life, so getting to play some shows with them is a real “pinch me” kind of moment. We arrived just in time to catch Umphrey’s rehearsing some tunes during their sound check. Even watching them sound check is a seriously inspiring experience. It’s cool to see a band that’s been doing it for so long who still works so hard and gives everything they have every night.




The band walked offstage and I immediately threw myself into awkward Rob mode by shaking Brendan Bayliss’ hand and accidentally calling him Jake. Shit. What are you gonna do, huh? Oh well, onward and upward. Regardless of that, all the UM band and crew members made us feel right at home, which was a good feeling.



Our set was pretty standard procedure, but what can you expect when you’re playing a 45 minute opening set? It was definitely an adjustment for us to give people an idea what we’re all about in such a short time frame. As an improvising band, I think time is a really important factor into making a nice tasty improv casserole, so to speak. It needs time to bake, and then cool off and coagulate. And although 45 minutes is enough time to make some good moments happen, we definitely had to keep a careful eye on the clock and it was a little distracting at times. Even still, I think we got the point across. Mission accomplished, IMO.


[Check out the full show from the House of Blues]



jumanjiThe next day we pulled into Niagara Falls (the U.S. side) to open for Umphrey’s again at the Rapids Theatre. The town itself was pretty desolate. You know in the movie Jumanji (RIP Robin Williams) when he finally gets out of the game and walks around his town and everything’s boarded up and covered in graffiti and the movie theater has been turned into a porno theater? It was kind of like that. Except that this theater wasn’t a porno theater, it was absolutely beautiful and giant inside. It gave us a nice warm and fuzzy feeling to play in such a nice joint. Also, my Mom made the trip from Rochester to see the show, so it was nice to have her see us perform in a nice big place in front of a big fat crowd.


The set was pretty much the same vibe as the night before. Pretty standard and short. Knowing that two guitarists who I’ve grown up listening to could potentially be watching somewhere in the room was a little scary, and I think it made me play a little differently. Not to say in a better or worse way, but I think I played a little more showy than usual, and felt a little less focused on melodies or motif-y types of approaches. Whatever the case, though, I think I played some stuff I might not have played under normal circumstances, and in this line of work anything different is good.


20141024-_DSC0816The next day we arrived at Stage AE in Pittsburgh to open for Umphrey’s yet again. The AE in the aforementioned venue’s name stands for “American Eagle.” I figured we would all get short haircuts with spiked up bangs and frosted tips like a 90’s middle-schooler, and maybe wear some brand new but somehow pre-tattered and worn in Cargo shorts, but alas it was not to be. Anyhow, the venue was HUGE. I couldn’t even believe it. It may have been the biggest indoor venue we’ve played to date. I felt much more comfortable during our set than I had the previous two nights. I guess I had finally adjusted to playing a shorter set. I think it’s important to be a patient improviser, but it’s super important to know how to say what you need to say without unnecessary bullshit if needs be, too; definitely something to keep in mind.


[Check out the full show from Stage AE]


Check out Honest Tune’s photo gallery of Umphrey’s McGee’s show at Stage AE



I was truly excited to play the next two nights at the Spot Underground. We’ve been playing there for years, and its run by some Jack Brucereally great people who always make us feel right at home. And the crowd is always super energetic, without fail. Besides that, I was excited to get back to our normal two set format for a couple nights.


For the first night, we decided to pay tribute to Cream’s bassist Jack Bruce who had passed away that morning by covering “White Room.” We all listened to it at sound check and gave it a quick run through. It went over really well, and the rest of the set contained some fun Cream teases in a few jams. We really took our time and had some good moments. And the crowd was just nuts man. People always get rowdy at the Spot. I had a couple drinks in me for the second set, which made me feel a little loopy, but hey man, that’s rock and roll.


[Check out night 1 from the Spot]


Thanks to the two night run, we got to enjoy the rare and wonderful experience of not having to pack up any of our gear after the set, and not have to set any of it up the next morning. It was bliss man. We pretty much just hung at the hotel all day and then went to the venue and made sure everything still worked. The first set was a little mellow to me, but I dug it because of that. It had a little bit more of a grown up vibe, and it seemed appropriate for a Sunday. The second set, on the other hand, was much more aggressive and adventurous. Really good times. My only issue was that my amplifier was messed up and kind of sounded like crap. Oh well. Sometimes ya gotta roll with what you’ve got.


[Check out night 2 from the Spot]


Anyhow, that’s it for now. Halloween looms ahead of us like a giant jack o lantern with an evil grin beckoning us, so I should have some good stories the next time I get in touch with whoever is reading this. Til next time!

Umphrey’s McGee – Pittsburgh, PA

Umphrey’s McGee

Stage AE

Pittsburgh, PA


Set I: Bathing Digits > Mulche’s Odyssey, Intentions Clear, Cut the Cable, Syncopated Strangers > Out of Order > Syncopated Strangers, No Diablo, Der Bluten Kat > Last Train Home > Der Bluten Kat

Set II: Bad Friday, 1348 > The Floor, Tribute to Spinal Shaft > Immigrant Song, August > Resolution > 1348

Encore: Wizard Burial Ground

For more of David Heath’s photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show at Stage AE stop by Honest Tune’s Facebook page:

Honest Tune Facebook – Umphrey’s McGee at Stage AE

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Mayan Holidaze 2013 Set for December 16-20

Cloud 9 Adventures is proud to announce the details of the legendary Mayan Holidaze! In its seventh year, this long standing destination event in the Cloud 9 family (which also includes the always sold-out Jam Cruise, Holy Ship!!! Strings & Sol and Panic en la Playa), is a fan favorite featuring host bands The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 for four nights on December 16-20, 2013. Mayan Holidaze has taken place in a variety of exotic locations over its long history, last year making a pilgrimage to Tulum in honor of the Mayan shift in 2012. This year’s edition returns to the beautiful Now Sapphire in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, Now Sapphire is a first-class all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa and gourmet restaurants, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation relaxing on the beach with friends by day while listening to their favorite bands on the beach by night.

Each of the three hosting bands will play 3 shows by each band with details to be announced later in the year, along with additional support acts/special guests.

The all-inclusive luxury lodging packages for Now Sapphire are available for an intimate number of lucky fans. Check-in begins on December 16, 2013 and the music kicks off that night.

Event details are as follows:
There will be a pre-sale for returning Mayan Holidaze guests on April 23-24. If any rooms remain from the Pre-Sale the packages will go on sale to the general public beginning April 25 at 12:00 PM ET at www.mayanholidaze.com .

Packages for the all-inclusive resort starts at $1,299 per person, with oceanfront doubles starting at $1749 for per person. In addition, a select few Stage front rooms are being offered for fans who want to experience the shows right from the comfort of their own balcony overlooking the stage.

Look for announcements to come including artist hosted activities, ways of giving back to the community with Positive Legacy and more!

For fans who wish to extend their stay, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for those guests who want to add an extra day before and/or after the event for $189.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 21 and 22, 2013 only. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.mayanholidaze.com .

*Pre / Post night rates are based on double occupancy. Presidential Suites are subject to different rates and must be booked with Cloud 9 over the phone, based on availability.

Umphrey’s McGee brings crisp weather, crispy jams to the South

Umphrey’s McGee
Ziggy’s / The Fillmore
Winston-Salem, NC / Charlotte, NC
January 23, 2013 / January 24, 2013

Fresh from a much-talked-about string of stops in the Northeast, Umphrey’s McGee descended on Winston-Salem, NC for the first of a handful of Southern dates on their 2012/13 Winter Tour.

UM1The crisp January air brought the majority of the pre-show lot scene inside Ziggy’s Music Hall for opener Papadosio, an Asheville, NC-based livetronica quintet that did a great job of warming up the enthusiastic crowd. Umphrey’s took the stage just before 9 pm and came out of the gates running. The band served up a two tasty sets, each of which sandwiched by a longtime staple from their debut album, the tongue-in-cheek entitled Greatest Hits Volume III.

Set one, book ended by “Phil’s Farm,” featured a nearly 16-minute “Red Tape” (replete with improvised jamming, or “Jimmy Stewart” in Umphspeak). Set one was further highlighted with the elusive and aptly-named “Space Funk Booty.” The second set began and ended with “Divisions,” another jam-filled standard that moved seamlessly into a familiar-sounding riff that had the mostly 20-something crowd screaming once they recognized it as a Reggae / dub-styled cover of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe.”

Drummer Kris Myers was practically on fire on what turned out to be the 10th anniversary of his first show with the band. The evening ended with always hard-rocking “Pay The Snucka” (peppered with teases of Led Zeppelin’s “Rain Song”) and left many in the audience wanting more.


Thankfully, more was just what was in store, as the band’s next stop was a quick 90 minutes from Winston-Salem, at Charlotte’s Fillmore, part of the impressive NC Music Factory complex.

If Wednesday night in Winston-Salem was chilly, Thursday night in Charlotte was downright freezing. Familiar faces from the previous night dotted the long line outside the Fillmore, and the venue took the somewhat unprecedented step of opening up their Express Line – a premium service that under normal circumstances would cost patrons an additional $5.00 – to speed along access to the shivering throngs gathered outside.

Papadosio again played as support, this time to an almost capacity crowd as the Fillmore was nearly full well before the end of their opening set.

Umphrey’s’ first set opened with the unfamiliar “Drink My Drank.” Played for the first time since its debut during the recent new years run, this song, at its heart, is a hard rocking tune that the band seemed to have fun with and one that will likely develop into an incubator for serious jamming in the near future.


The evening really got going with “The Crooked One,” which had even the relatively calm top tier of the four-leveled venue jumping, and made it clear that the majority in attendance were true Umphrey’s fans, not merely locals coming to check out one of the biggest bands in the jam scene today.

Other highlights of set one included guitarist Brendan Bayliss playing slide during “Mullet (Over)” with his Budweiser longneck between sips, a fun cover of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and an epic “Two by Two” to close the set.

“Hurt Bird Bath” opened set two, carrying with it all the energy and intensity from set one, and from there the band didn’t let up at all. A string of popular favorites followed, including “Hangover” and “Nemo,” but the highlight of the show was undoubtedly the rarely-played Warren G / Nate Dogg tune, “Regulate,” which brought the loudest crowd response of the evening. The fun and funky “40’s Theme” finished out the set, and after a short break the show closed with the very danceable electronica instrumental “The Triple Wide.”

Celebrating their 15th anniversary with this tour, it can be said that the band has really hit their stride. One might expect that shows in these mid-size venues will soon be a thing of nostalgia.


Ziggy’s Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Set 1: Phil’s Farm > The Bottom Half, Red Tape[1], Loose Ends > Space Funk Booty, 2nd Self, Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis > Turn & Dub > Phil’s Farm

Set 2: Divisions > Breathe (dub)> Mantis, Push the Pig, Thin Air, Resolution[2] > Pipeline > Divisions

Encore: Pay the Snucka[3]

[1] with Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles) teases
[2] with Norwegian Wood (The Beatles) jam
[3] with The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin) jam


Fillmore Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Set 1: Drink My Drank > The Crooked One > Out Of Order, Got Your Milk (Right Here)[1] > Mullet (Over), Two Tickets to Paradise, Search 4 > 2×2

Set 2: Hurt Bird Bath, Deeper[2] > Rocker Part 2, Hangover, Nemo, Regulate, 40’s Theme

Encore: The Triple Wide

[1] with Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy) jam
[2] with Xxplosive (Dr. Dre) tease


Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz…

Umphrey's McGee & Conspirator, 10/17/12

Umphrey”s McGee & Conspirator
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
October 17, 2012



Some will recall the 5 days of DUMB. It was in 2007, and over the course of five nights, Umphrey”s McGee and the Disco Biscuits stopped in five cities (Charlottesville, Portsmouth, Raleigh, Atlanta and Pompano Beach). The idea immediately caught fire, and not just because of its catchy acronym that blended both of the bands” names.

The reality was that there was nothing dumb about it. Rather, in a time when there was still a mild scramble for good seats at a table that was without Phish and Trey had gigged his “last show for awhile,” courtesy of Whitehall, NY, and the fact that String Cheese was calling it quits, scheduled to grind things to a halt a month after DUMB by sailing through favorite towns like Berkeley and ultimately, the “Last Incident, ” at at Red Rocks, the co-headlining tour was demonstrative of the very essence of savvy. (Sidenote: The Biscuits opened SCI”s first night in Berkeley)

Both bands were in similar places, to the point that they both found themselves on some very unique “07 bills together, including beginning the year together aboard Jam Cruise 5 and eventually beginning to wind things down with the inaugural Caribbean Holidaze. They were über strong in multiple markets independently. Collectively, they were a behemoth in them all. In the rare event when a nudge was need in a particular spot where rungs were still being climbed, they would recruit a local hero to fill in any gaps that could occur in a slated venue. (See: Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta when ,” exclusive to those that caught the outdoor DUMB festivities.

Fast forward to today, half a decade later. Umphrey”s are a giant in every city that their much more badass tour bus arrives. Meanwhile, the Biscuits blew up so hard that they are now the band with their future somewhat in question, sans Camp Bisco and special occasions (see ). This quandary and incessant hunger for the Philly pioneers has resulted in Conspirator (the Bisco brainchild of bassist Marc Brownstein and electronic keyboard genius, Aron Magner), a project that once donned the label “side” turned constant road warrior aboard a rolling recording studio.

The correlations are strong. Too strong to not mention apparently. But the main point of all of the aforementioned is to simply say that, just as we read about in Memphis last month, when these fellas all get together, something uniquely special happens.

Now, let”s check out the scene in Port Chester, site of Umphrey”s Fall Tour opener, courtesy of the always stellar photography of Vernon Webb.




Umphrey”s McGee


Set 1: Rocker Part 2, Words, Room to Breathe > Sociable Jimmy > Go to Hell, Visions -> Room to Breathe, Bright Lights, Big City

Set 2: Mulche’s Odyssey, Dump City[1], 2×2 > Glory > 2×2 > Theresa > 2×2, I Am the Walrus[2] > Nothing Too Fancy[3] > Willie The Pimp > Nothing Too Fancy

Encore: Divisions[4]

[1] with It’s About That Time (Miles Davis) teases and jam
[2] with Entrance of the Gladiators (Julius Fučík) tease
[3] with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teases
[4] with The Pequod tease

via allthings.umphreys.com


Click HERE to download the mixed soundboard recording of this show (UM only)

At press time there wasn”t an UM audience source available nor was there a completed setlist or any download source for Conspirator”s set.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Vernon Webb


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Umphrey’s McGee & Conspirator, 9/20/12

Umphrey’s McGee and Consipirator
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN
September 20, 2012



Memphis was treated to a tremendous double-bill of guitar solos, bass thumps, and drum beats when Umphrey’s McGee and Conspirator came to town on Thursday, September 20.

For several hours, the large crowd at Minglewood Hall danced their night away, driven by two of the strongest bands touring today. On the one hand, there was Conspirator, the “side project” by the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner (keys) and Marc Brownstein (bass). The quartet opened the night in style, with a tremendous blend of rock and electronica.

But, the crowd was there for one thing – to get their collective faces melted by Umphrey’s McGee. UM did just that, from the get-go. From the opening notes of “Partyin’ Peeps,” the band had utter control of the room. There are few acts out there who are as diverse as Umphreys, a band who can shift from frenetic dance music to balls-to-the-wall rock, at times doing it in one song. They deliver every time out, and this fall stop was no different.


Umphrey’s Setlist

I: Partyin’ Peeps, #5> Much Obliged> Tribute to the Spinal Shaft, Loose Ends, Booth Love> JaJunk
II: The Floor> Bright Lights Big City, Nemo> Robot World> Nemo, Hangover> 2×2> Hangover> 2×2, FF> The Triple Wide
Encore: It’s So Easy, Nopener


Click HERE to download the soundboard recording of this show or HERE to download an audience recording.

At press time, there was neither a recording nor full setlist from Conspirator’s set. However, the band was on hand with UM in Nashville and that set can be downloaded HERE. 


Click the thumbnails to view photos from the show by Josh Mintz…

Umphrey’s McGee