STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee Summer Tour Preview

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It’s been quite a while since Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 co-headlined a tour together.  These bands have changed a lot over the last 6 years in both music production and with their party boy lifestyles.  This evolutionary progress has created two mega beasts in the world of jambands and time has come for these titans to clash once more.

Tribe and Umphrey’s will be kicking off an epic summer tour in Louisville, KY.  Then they head north for a handful of shows in the Midwest before venturing back to the Dirty South.  Depending on the city, each band will switch off who opens or closes each night of tour.  Collaborations between the two groups are highly anticipated and according to keyboardist Joel Cumming’s, there is guaranteed to be some impressive sit-ins along the way.

The venues for these shows are amazing and offer an unique opportunity for growth with each band.  The co-headlining bill allows them to play bigger venues in front of larger crowds. The shows’ aesthetic will be even more elevated by combining two very impressive light rigs for one bad ass visual experience.
 
 
 
Umphrey’s newest nerdy endeavor, Headphones and Snowcones, gives audience members wireless headphones during the show, where they can listen to crystal clear audio live, straight from the mixing board to their eardrums. Yeah, that’s what’s up…

Courtesy of Umphreys.com

Courtesy of Umphreys.com

Besides Umph, this is the first time any other band will try Headphones and Snowcones during a live show.  It is one of the most uniquely tailored concert experiences for any sound nerd out there and it will be available at all 14 shows for an extra 50 bucks a pop.

 
If you can’t make it to any of these shows, you are in luck! The bands are working on couch tour dates so peeps can watch the magic in the comfort of their own homes, where wearing pants is completely optional!  The first couch tour date is set for Chicago on August 17th and hopefully more will come as the tour continues.
 
 
Hopefully this circus is stopping in a city near you… or else GET IN THE VAN because this tour is going to RAGE!
 
You can also follow my blog along the way!  I will be hitting up the first three shows of this tour; Louisville, Indianapolis, and Chicago.  I want to give my fellow campers a rundown on just how awesome each night unfolds.  I’m also hoping to catch some late night shows featuring some of my favorite Summer Camp regulars like Cosby Sweater in Indy and Digital Tape Machine at the House of Blues in Chicago.
 
 
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STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee    
Date Venue City    
Thu 08/15 Palace Theater STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Lousiville, KY    
Fri 08/16 Lawn at White River STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Indianapolis, IN    
Sat 08/17 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Chicago, IL    
Sun 08/18 Meadow Brook Music Festival STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Rochester Hills, MI    
Wed 08/21 Crossroads KC STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Kansas City, MO    
Thu 08/22 Chesterfield Amphitheater STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Chesterfield, MO    
Fri 08/23 Riverfront Park STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Nashville, TN    
Sat 08/24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Alpharetta, GA    
Sun 08/25 Red Hat Amphitheatre STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Raleigh, NC    
Wed 08/28 Time Warner Uptown Amphitheatre STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Charlotte, NC    
Thu 08/29 Maymont STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Richmond, VA    
Fri 08/30 The Mann Music Center STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Philadelphia, PA    
Sat 08/31 Bank of America Pavilion STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Boston, MA    
Sun 09/01 Filene Center at Wolf Trap STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee in Vienna, VA