Umphrey's McGee plays Legends
Brendan Bayliss. Jake Cinninger. Joel Cummins. Andy Farag. Kris Myers. Ryan Stasik.
Put them all together and you have Umphrey's McGee, the latest national sensation set to hit Legends at Appalachian State University.
The Chicago-based progressive rock jammers, influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa, utilize improvisation in the vein of Phish and the Grateful Dead.
Formed in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame, the band released its debut album, Greatest Hits, Volume III in 1998 and has since released Songs for Older Women, One Fat Sucka, Local Band Does OK, Local Band Does OKlahoma, Anchor Drops, Safety in Numbers, The Bottom Half, Live at the Murat, Jimmy Stewart and Mantis.
It's not what you expect. Thanks to its Stew Art Series (aka S2), they're gaining more acclaim than ever before. Stew Art Series is an interactive fan experience where audience members "conduct" the band's live improvisations, taking them outside the realm of the listener and putting them directly into the show.
It's just one of Umphrey's new projects.
Instead of releasing a standard "album" this fall, Umphrey's is planning to offer material via a series of digital EPs. A free MP3 preview of the band's song, "Wellwishers," is available on the band's website, umphreys.com.
Time.com jumped on the UM bandwagon, recently posting a video feature on the band and their interactive series.
The band plays Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Legends. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 for students in advance and $20 for guests and students at the door.
For more information on the show, visit legends.appstate.edu.