For over 16 years in the business, Umphrey’s McGee has been continuously reinventing their music and sound, offering even seasoned fan followers something completely new every single time.
A combination of funk, jazz, blues, metal, electronic, bluegrass, and folk, Umphrey McGee often plays fast-and-loose with the progressive rock genre, but always manages to deliver a marathon run of melody, songcraft, and musicianship. Their shows incorporate crowd-stopping light shows, and the band can be found constantly touring around the United States, stopping to play at 100-plus venues a year.
Formed In 1997 at the University of Notre Dame, the original members were a combination of two different Notre Dame Rock bands, Tashi Station and Stomper Bob. After only eight months together, the band released their first album, Greatest Hits Vol. III, from which staple songs like “Divisions” and “Phil’s Farm” continue to be played at live events.
And the name? According to keyboardist Joel Cummins, the name comes from a distant relative of guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss with a similar namesake. The name has been altered, but they promise that Humphries was definitely an “interesting individual” – interesting enough to inspire a rock band!
Umphrey’s Mcgee can be found touring the United States right now, playing a standard two-set show, with about 7-8 songs per set and an encore. They recently released videos for three of their recent shows for download, and even in the midst of touring, they continue to evolve what it means to relate and interact with their fans. The band regularly engages in monthly music-related podcasts, and can be found actively using their social media outlets to reach out to their fan base on Facebook and Twitter.
Fan interest has stretched as far as Europe, Australia, and Japan where the band has managed to lead several successful international tours, although more of such shows are not currently in the cards for at least the next few months.