Umphrey’s McGee may be lumped into the jam scene of Phish and Moe., but this band offers more to the ear than the typical Deadhead expects. Umphrey’s McGee collects their diverse musical influences of progressive-rock, jazz-fusion, funk, metal, folk, and classic rock to create a unique blend of improvisational music assured to hold your attention during prolonged solos.
Formed in late 1997 at the University of Notre Dame, Umphrey’s McGee came about as a fusion of two college rock bands: Tashi Station and Stomper Bob. Realizing that they had something going, it only took this new band 8 months before releasing their first album. Recording their first major release studio album in 2002, Umphrey’s went on to sell the most albums of any band at Bonnaroo later that year.
This video was taken earlier this year at Bonnaroo. It really showcases their ability to seamlessly transition.