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Umphrey's McGee: A Genre-Bending Musical Experience

Updated: Mar 24

Witnessing a Umphrey's McGee concert is akin to embarking on a multi-sensory odyssey through the annals of musical history. It's

a full-bodied experience that engages your mind, body, and soul.

A chance encounter at a party changed everything. Meeting Ryan "Pony" Stasik, Brendan felt a connection and soon they formed Tashi Station. This band eventually caught the attention of future Umphrey's McGee members Jake Cinninger, Kris Myers, and Andy Herring. Brendan then convinced Ryan to join forces with them,

forming the core of what would become Umphrey's McGee

Hailing from the heartland of Illinois, Umphrey's McGee isn't your typical rock band. For over 30 years, these musical chameleons have defied categorization, weaving a tapestry of sound that transcends genres.

Their journey started humbly in the college town of South Bend, where they were just another rock n' roll band. But fueled by a relentless passion for music, they've evolved into a juggernaut, capable of performing for days on end without repeating a single song.

Their repertoire boasts a staggering 40-60 originals, alongside masterfully reimagined covers that pay homage to a diverse range of musical titans.

Super Duper Fantastic they are~~

Imagine a band that seamlessly blends the progressive rock fury of Dream Theater with the infectious grooves of Parliament-Funkadelic, all seasoned with a dash of disco swagger and a healthy dose of folksy charm.  Add in the virtuosity of seasoned jazz musicians and the songwriting prowess of classic rock giants, and you begin to approach the sonic phenomenon that is Umphrey's McGee.

Brendan Bayliss

Founding Member of Umphrey's McGee:known for his dynamic guitar playing. His style blends elements of rock, jazz, funk, progressive metal, and more. He's regarded for both his technical proficiency and his melodic sensibility. His vocals have a smooth and soulful quality that adds another layer to the band's sound.

bassist Ryan Stasik

Stasik possesses a unique musical background. He's a trained pianist but switched to bass to help form Umphrey's McGee during his college years at the University of Notre Dame.

A wide range of artists inspires Ryan's bass playing, including funk, soul, rock, and jazz legends. He's known for his smooth grooves and ability to adapt to the band's frequent shifts in style.

Other Projects: Beyond Umphrey's McGee, Ryan plays in the groups Motorboat and The Omega Moos.

Stasik is synonymous with the punchy, clear sound of his F Bass BN5.

Lead guitarist Jake Cinninger embodies this spirit perfectly.

A dedicated student of the guitar, he meticulously researches forgotten sounds and riffs, resurrecting the magic of legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Danny Gatton, Jeff Beck, and countless others, and weaving them into the band electrifying live performances.

Joel Cummins (keyboards, vocals) Sonic Weaver:

Joel's keyboards contribute a huge part of

Umphrey's McGee's signature sound. He can lay down funky organ riffs, atmospheric synth textures, blazing piano solos, and everything in between.

He also sings lead and backing vocals, adding to the band's harmonies.

Joel has a cheerful and infectious energy onstage, endearing him to the fans.

Andy farag is the dynamic percussionist for the progressive rock phenomena Umphrey's Mcgee. Known for his laid-back personality and infectious stage presence, andy adds a unique and essential element to the band's sound.

Andy's diverse percussion setup complements the band's eclectic style. His use of congas, bongos, cowbells, and various other instruments adds depth and texture to Umphrey's McGee's music. He's adept at both rhythmic improvisation and playing meticulously composed parts.

Kris Myers is considered one of the most talented and exciting drummers in the progressive rock scene. His ability to effortlessly navigate complex rhythms and blend elements of jazz, rock, and funk sets him apart. He continues to inspire and influence aspiring drummers.

In 2002, Kris Myers reached a major milestone in his career when he became a founding member of the progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee. His technical prowess, energetic style, and ability to seamlessly blend genres quickly made him an integral part of the band's sound. Kris is beloved by fans for his passionate drumming and contributions to the band's impressive catalog of music.

Live @ Ace of spades~ sacramento, ca 2023

Umphrey's live on jimmy kimmel with their friend Huey Lewis 2006

Pioneering the world of progressive rock and jam bands, Umphrey's McGee has established itself as a musical force to be reckoned with. Emerging from the vibrant music scene of South Bend, Indiana, the six-piece band has captivated audiences worldwide with their electrifying live performances and genre-bending soundscapes.

"Explore Music" sits down with umphrey's mcgee

Founded in 1997 by guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss, keyboardist Joel Cummins, and bassist Ryan Stasik, Umphrey's McGee quickly gained a loyal following for their fusion of progressive rock, funk, blues, and electronica. Their intricate musical arrangements, improvisational prowess, and soulful melodies have earned them a reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting live bands in the contemporary music landscape.

Over the course of their career, Umphrey's McGee has released twelve studio albums, each showcasing their ever-evolving musical tapestry. Their music has garnered critical acclaim, earning them praise for their technical virtuosity, compositional brilliance, and ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level.

Beyond their studio recordings, Umphrey's McGee is renowned for their unparalleled live performances. The band's improvisational jams are legendary, often stretching into epic explorations of musical genres and styles. Their high-energy shows, filled with dazzling instrumental interplay and passionate vocals, have cemented their status as one of the most sought-after live acts in the industry.

@ Ace Of Spades~Sacremento, Ca 2023

Umphrey's McGee's impact on the music scene extends beyond their own performances. They have paved the way for a new generation of musicians to explore the boundaries of progressive rock and jam music, and their influence can be heard in the sounds of countless bands that have followed in their footsteps.

With their undeniable talent, unwavering commitment to innovation, and dedication to their craft, Umphrey's McGee continues to reign supreme as one of the most influential and captivating bands of their time. Their music is a testament to the power of improvisation, the beauty of genre-bending creativity, and the enduring magic of live music.

"plunger" the london session

"shine on you"crazy diamond~07-03-2015

when doves cry~~04-24-2015

"wizard burial ground" Ocean billy~02-04-2021

jake cunningham's take on "mash-ups" and effects

Umphrey's McGee is more than just a band; they're a testament to the boundless potential of music. They push boundaries, defy expectations, and create a space where genres collide and audiences are left breathless.

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