Ring in 2012 with Umphreys McGee in St. Louis
Words by Bradley Darby

For the first time in their 13 plus year existence, Chicago progressive rockers Umphreys McGee take their end of the year party on the road and bring their annual New Years shindig to St. Louis to close out 2011 and ring in 2012 with a 3 night run at The Pageant. Last Halloween the boys spent two nights at The Pageant for their Monster Mashup, and many consider those shows (especially night 1) to be one of the highlights of UM 2010.

Each show at The Pageant is set to deliver something new for the Umphreaks in the crowd, as well as typical Umphreys shenanigans for new fans in attendance. If you have never seen UM before, there are 2 things you need to know….1) you never know what to expect at an UM show and 2) Umphreys will ALWAYS deliver! The band has already promised to break out some new covers, and with that being said, its never hard to imagine a mash up or two thrown in the mix. I am still holding out hope for a Tool cover (46&2 anyone??)

Not only will there be three straight nights of Umphreys McGee, but Thursday at 5PM you can enjoy an intimate 30 minute performance at Vintage Vinyl as well as a meet and greet with the band immediately following. After each show at The Pageant, there will be after parties in the Halo Bar, which is part of the venue, featuring more live music each evening from the likes of Speakeasy, Reelfoot, and Dogtown Allstars.

Thursday nights show will be a straight forward Umphreys McGee show. This shouldn’t deter you from snagging up tickets today however, as a “straight forward” UM show will still feature Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik and Andy Farag with their improvisations and extended jam versions of their catalog, in addition to the face melting lighting display provided by the 7th man in the band, Jefferson Waful.

Friday night will feature the sexy sax stylings of Jeff Coffin, who you may know from his work with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band.

As for the final UM show of 2011 on Saturday, you will get 3 sets of Umphreys, and they will have a full horn section joining in the festivities. Personally, I can’t wait to hear some of the new tunes from Death by Stereo with a full horn section. Saturday night will also be 18+, so you can let your freak flag fly while you make bad decisions to ring in 2012. The show is slated to end around 2AM.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $35 for each night and both shows are all ages and set to start at 9PM. The New Years Eve show will run you $65, is 18+ only and scheduled to run from 8:30PM til 2AM. For more information visit www.thepageant.com or www.umphreys.com/nye2011/

Going forward into 2012, Umphreys has already lined up a nice set of dates all across North America, plus their annual Summercamp Festival in Chillicothe, IL in May. This years lineup already includes Primus, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, Cornmeal, Victor Wooten, Infamous Stringdusters, Spankalicious, and many more in addition to festival co-hosts moe.

UM 2012 Tour Dates

01.07 & 01.08 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
01.09 through 01.14 Jam Cruise 10, MSC Poesia – SOLD OUT
01.20 & 01.21 Best Buy Theater, New York, NY – VIP Packages available
01.26 through 01.30 Mayan Holidaze, Mayan Riviera, Mexico – SOLD OUT
02.02 & 02.03 First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
02.08 State Theater, State College, Pennsylvania
02.09 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, New York
02.10 House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts – VIP Packages available
02.11 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – VIP Packages available
02.12 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Maryland
02.15 Buster’s, Lexington, Kentucky
02.16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, North Carolina
02.17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
02.18 The Fillmore, Detroit, Michigan
02.19 Canopy Club, Urbana, Illinois
03.07 & 03.08 Belly Up, Aspen, Colorado
03.9 The Fillmore, Denver, Colorado – VIP Packages available
03.10 The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah
03.11 Crystal Bay Casino Club, Crystal Bay, Nevada
03.16 House of Blues, West Hollywood, California
03.17 Fox Theatre, Oakland, California – VIP Packages available
03.18 Harlow’s, Sacramento, California
03.21 Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland, Oregon
03.22 Showbox, Seattle, Washington
03.23 Roseland Theatre, Portland, Oregon
03.24 Knitting Factory, Boise, Idaho
03.25 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, Montana

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