Umphrey's McGee is often called the next generation jam band. While they're known for ever-changing set lists and incessant touring, U.M.'s seemingly endless jams bear more resemblance to prog-rock bands like Frank Zappa and Genesis. The original members (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik and drummer Mike Mirro) met at the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Percussionist Andy Farag joined in 1998 as U.M. live shows gained notoriety with wacky covers like Peanuts theme "Linus and Lucy." While album sales remained low, popularity soared as audiences continued the jam-band tradition of bootleg taping and trading. In 2000, U.M. became a sextet with the addition of second lead guitarist Jake Cinninger. One of their first productive jam sessions was in the Jimmy Stewart Ballroom of a Chicago hotel, spawning the name "Jimmy Stewart" for their onstage improv excursions. In 2002, they recorded Local Band Does OKlahoma, featuring the last appearance of Mirro, who was later replaced by Kris Myers. With a slew of studio and live releases, two DVD releases and never-ending tour seasons, U.M. remain at the forefront of the fourth-generation jam movement.
Umphrey's McGee Concert Films
Live at Red Rocks
Runtime: 2 hr 30 minUmphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. Those elements were on display when UM took the stage at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on July 3rd, 2015. Lauded as one of finest concert venues in the world, UM didn’t squander the opportunity to deliver to the sold-out crowd. The energy was palpable from the first note and heavy hitters like “Puppet String,” Mulche’s Odyssey,” and “Rocker Part 2” kept it going all night. A near flawless rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” instantly became a UM fan favorite. UM is Musicianship for the Masses.
Live at the Fillmore Auditorium
Runtime: 3 hr 25 minUmphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. New Year’s Eve 2015 highlights that approach as the band performed three marathon sets at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. UM’s New Year’s performances are synonymous with nonstop fun and this one was no different as the band was joined by longtime special guest horn section (Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret) throughout the night. With a mixture of old staples, multiple debuts, and classic covers, this performance is simply not to be missed. The set list goes on and on with highlights including “No Diablo,” “Women, Wine and Song,” “Bad Friday,” and the debut of R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” because hey, why not? Settle in and prepare yourself.
UM is Musicianship for the Masses.
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minUmphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. That approach was clearly on display on January 1st, 2016 as the band limited capacity of the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO to an intimate group of super fans for a truly special evening. The band premiered an archival documentary film and followed it up with a Storytellers style performance. They took time in between tracks to dig deeply into the song writing and lyrical process, share stories of the tune’s origins and crack jokes in classic UM fashion. This is a rare, behind the curtain look at the true nature of the band to be equally enjoyed by the die-hard fan and newbie alike. UM is Musicianship for the Masses.
Live at the Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Runtime: 2 hr 23 minUmphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. That unique approach was on display on January 2nd, 2015 as the band performed their fourth night in a row at Atlanta's famed Tabernacle (there were five total!). The show featured a rare acoustic segment as the electric guitars were put down for four songs, including a debut of the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic "Southern Cross." And with the band performing the encore in bath robes (a first), this show truly has something for everyone.
UM is Musicianship for the Masses.
Live in Asheville
Runtime: 2 hr 24 minThere's no denying it; Umphrey's McGee is on fire. The band concluded a two-night live performance at Asheville, NC, treating crowds to their patented brand of improvisational rock and roll.
Umphrey's McGee Top Tracks
Classic Albums: Apostrophe & Over-Nite Sensation
Runtime: 50 minThe Classic Albums series strives to be definitive, and this must-have program is fully authorized in the scope of its coverage. With complete cooperation and participation from the remaining Zappa family (sons Dweezil and Ahmet, daughter Moon, and widow Gail are all extensively interviewed) and additional interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Alice Cooper, guitarist Steve Vai, veteran Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, and many of Zappa's closest associates and collaborators, this 97-minute documentary is packed with highlights and fascinating revelations, like the pristine precision of Zappa's hand-written compositions, Zappa's childhood fascination with the compositions of Edgard Varse, and his diligent, prolific, and disciplined, drug-free approach to recording and touring. Zappa's studio process is amazingly revealed when Dweezil and Zappa "Vaultmeister" Joe Travers sit down at a mixing table to analyze the master tapes of classic Zappa tracks like the hilariously controversial "Dyna-Moe Humm." In addition to vintage archival clips of Zappa discussing his music and career, and home movies of Zappa's band on tour during the mid-1970s, this program also includes the complete video of Zappa performing "I'm the Slime" on Saturday Night Live in 1976, live footage of a 1973 performance of "Montana," and a new performance of "Camarillo Brillo" by Dweezil's tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa (with Dweezil playing one of his father's favorite Gibson guitars). Bonus features also include a Travers-hosted trip into the massive Zappa archives, and further deconstruction of Zappa tracks "Dirty Love" and "Nanook Rubs It." If you're a casual Zappa fan, this program will turn you into a passionate convert. For those who've loved Zappa all along, it's a little bit of heaven here on Earth.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 1, Part I
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minIn the first of three sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Widespread Panic, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, dazzled devoted fans with an old-school show that lasted close to three hours.
It seemed appropriate that they kicked off the show with "Postcards," with its line: This town is nuts, my kind of place, I dont want to leave. Given the love the band and fans have for Red Rocks shows, it sometimes feels like they could simply play every summer show there and the fans would journey from around the country to see them.
On "Ribs and Whiskey," lead guitarist Jimmy Herring picked piercing trills over lead vocalist John Bells sultry, lazy slide playing while bassist Dave Schools laid down a funky groove underneath. Out of a long jam, percussionist Domingo Sunny Ortiz took a little solo and then locked in with Schools on the intro to the instrumental, "Party At Your Mama's House."
As the band closed out with a fiery "Radio Child," Bell stepped up and said they'd see everybody tomorrow night. The amphitheater then got turned into a disco, as the house lights mimicked a disco ball and the PA blared Michael Jacksons "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," a perfect backing track for fans to dance down to their cars.
Live at the Summer Camp Music Festival, Day 3
Runtime: 2 hr 27 minFrom modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today’s multifaceted success, the members of moe. have never lost sight of the earnest, elemental goals that they aspired to from their very first show: to deliver honest, heartfelt music and to ensure the audience has a good time. Considerate and conscientious in their actions and decision-making, moe.’s refreshingly unpretentious attitude has won them a devoted legion of dedicated fans (ranging from seasoned concert-goers to eager young newcomers) and has given rise to a thriving cottage industry – a self-contained nation-state in which the band and their audience live as equals, thriving on a reciprocal appreciation rare in today’s increasingly fragmented musical landscape. 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of moe.’s frontline of Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals), and Al Schnier (guitar, keyboards, vocals), who continue to perform together with the addition of drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jim Loughlin. Keeping a consistent lineup intact and productive over two decades is no small feat. moe.’s saga is made all the more remarkable because they have consistently done so on their own terms, as independent artists who actively manage their own affairs while staying well ahead of industry and technological developments, including successfully self-releasing their own music and offering instant on-site digital concert recordings at their shows.
Live at the Electric Forest Festival Day 3 Part 1
The String Cheese Incident
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minOver the past two decades, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of Americas most significant independent bands. Their 17 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments.
Dave Matthews Band
Runtime: 2 hr 16 minThis film follows the Dave Matthews Band to Brixton Academy in London, on June 26, 2009. Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, Tim Reynolds, and Rashawn Ross perform in front of a sold-out crowd and serve up fan favorites "Crash Into Me," "Funny the Way It Is," "#41," and many more.