The Sand and the Sea and Umphrey’s McGee
This week, Umphrey’s McGee will be ramblin’ south for a three-day, three-city run across Florida. Their trips to Florida are fairly rare besides their Bear Creek slots, with only occasional shows between those, so these dates are sure to be a big hit with the southern fans of the “improg” infused rock ensemble. They’ll be starting with a show in Jacksonville, followed by a first-time visit to Orlando, and then their first performance in St. Petersburg since they played their only show there back in 2007, and everyone is getting a little antsy to hear the songs that move their hearts and feet.
After a string of shows on the West Coast, UM is taking a well-deserved spring break this week and then hitting the South for the month of April. These will be the first shows in the region to feature the new Headphones & Snowcones concept started last month. For a small fee, fans are equipped with in-ear wireless packs and a pair of Audio-Technica headphones to hear the main mix coming from the soundboard in the highest quality possible at a live show. Think silent disco, except with the full band playing in front of you, a complete light show, and the bonus of still being able to feel the bass in your feet. Spots are limited so make sure to get there early to grab your gear.
The band loves playing in the low country, and after their short break they’ll be ready to jump back into the rowdiness that is an Umphrey’s show in the South. Following the Florida shows, the group will return to another sold-out show in Athens, Georgia, followed by a two night stop in Arkansas on the way to their annual 4/20 show at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas. Some of these shows are in more intimate venues than what the band is used to, and coupled with Headphones & Snowcones, it will definitely make for a very special experience for any UM fan. Tickets are still available for most of the dates, so head over to umphreys.com and get yours soon. You can also check out a video of them playing “Ocean Billy” at Red Rocks right down here: