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Umphrey's McGee continues winter roadwork behind 'Mantis'
Prog-rock/jam band Umphrey's McGee has again added more concerts to its US excursion behind "Mantis," pushing the road trip into mid-February.
The Chicago-based outfit will perform a trio of hometown performances to celebrate the year's end Dec. 29-31, followed by a two-week break. The new dates begin Jan. 14 in Flagstaff, AZ, and continue with club shows scheduled in 17 cities throughout the nation. A three-day run at Chillicothe, IL's Summer Camp Music Festival May 28-30 rounds out the schedule, which is shown below.
The band will continue the pre-show Stew Art Series in select markets. The interactive experience gives fans the opportunity to 'conduct' the band's live improvisations, according to a press release.
Umphrey's McGee will also take part in the forthcoming Caribbean Holidaze, a five-day cruise to Jamaica for music fans slated for Dec. 10-14. The Disco Biscuits, Perpetual Groove, Yacht Rock and more than a dozen others are also booked for the excursion, according to the event's website.
"Mantis," Umphrey McGee's fifth studio album, surfaced in January and marks the group's first collection of new material since 2007's "The Bottom Half."
In June, the outfit unveiled "Umphrey's McGee--Live," a new DVD featuring 13 songs performed during the group's 2007 set for PBS's "Soundstage." The high-definition production spans more than two hours and features two bonus tracks, including the "Mantis" cut "Made to Measure."