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Umphrey’s McGee reaches out with Mantis; extends fall tour

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    With their latest studio effort Mantis which was released this past January, Chicago jam based prog rockers Umphrey’s McGee went in an opposite direction of all their previous studio releases. Traditionally, they would road test all their new material before heading into the studio. This time around, however, the six piece ensemble laid all the new arrangements down in studio before testing anything out on the road. In addition to this, they also recorded all the tracks before vocalist Brendan Bayliss came in to work on any of the lyrics and vocals. The final result was a 10 track release that showcased this new approach.

    After the album was released, the band started to incorporate Mantis and it’s more structured elements into their live shows. Instead of using their signature hand signals for noodling, they were used for concise segues and fades. Meter changes and the dual guitar work of Bayliss and Jake Cinninnger also moved to the forefront as well.

    You’ll need to see the band during their recently extended fall tour to see for yourself how Mantis affected their live shows. We can assume you won’t be disappointed, well, that is unless you don’t live on the east coast. Since the band hasn’t announced any shows for that portion of the country yet, be on the lookout for additional December and November dates.

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    Tickets for select dates are available via Ticketmaster.com.

    Umphrey’s McGee 2009 Tour Dates:
    08/27 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
    08/28 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
    09/02 – Council Blufs, IA @ Whiskey Roadhouse
    09/04 – Bellvue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
    09/05 – Aspen, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
    09/06 – Turin, NY @ moe. Down 10
    09/09 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
    09/10 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    09/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rose
    09/12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    09/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
    09/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    09/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    09/18 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
    09/19 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews Fesitval
    10/01 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
    10/02 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
    10/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
    10/07 – Traverse City, MI @ City Opera House
    10/08 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
    10/09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
    10/21 – Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory
    10/22 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    10/23 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
    10/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    10/25 – Eureka, CA @ Eureka Theatre
    10/27 – Petaluma, CA @ McNear’s Mystic Theatre
    10/28 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino
    10/29 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
    10/30 – Groveland, CA @ Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead IV
    10/31 – Groveland, CA @ Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead IV
    12/10 – Runaway Bay @ Caribbean Holidaze
    12/11 – Runaway Bay @ Caribbean Holidaze
    12/12 – Runaway Bay @ Caribbean Holidaze
    12/13 – Runaway Bay @ Caribbean Holidaze

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