Umphrey’s McGee Does Not Disappoint

Excited Umphrey’s McGee fans waited eagerly outside of the Calvin Theater in Northampton Friday night. The always-surprising Chicago-based band managed to rouse nearly everyone in the large, seated auditorium into enthusiastic motion at this fast-paced, dance fueled show. The group, known for their refusal to repeat themselves, kicked off their performance with “Jazz Odyssey,” an upbeat song with an infectious groove and, of all things, rapped vocals. Audience members witnessed not only the group’s technical facility with tight, complicated rhythms but also their improvisational communication as they traded rhythmic and harmonic ideas. Listeners who are unfamiliar with Umphrey’s music may…

Umphrey’s McGee To Play The Calvin

Experimental jam-rock band Umphrey’s McGee is playing at the Calvin Theater tonight. The band is widely classified as a jam band because of their regular use of artful improvisation.