Umphrey’s McGee – Tickets – College Street Music Hall. – New Haven, CT – February 3rd, 2016

Umphrey's McGee

Premier Concerts and Manic Productions Present:

Umphrey's McGee


Wed, February 3, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:45 pm


This event is all ages

Umphrey's McGee
Umphrey's McGee
After 19-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing nine studio albums and selling more than 4.2+ million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels. But then that wouldn’t be consistent with the work ethic demonstrated by the band, which consistently attempts to raise the bar, setting and achieving new goals since forming on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, in 1997. After releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, the first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group continues to push the envelope and test the limits. Their latest studio album, The London Session, was a dream come true for the members having been recorded at the legendary Studio Two at historic Abbey Road. The stealth recording session yielded 10 tracks in a single day, proving once again, the prolific UM waits for no one.

As a follow up to The London Session, the envelope pushing continues with the November 11th release of ZONKEY. Umphrey’s McGee has been arranging and performing original mashups live for over eight years. It was only a matter of when, not if, some of those innovative concoctions would find their way into a studio. An album of 12 unique mashups, conceived and arranged by the band, ZONKEY is as seamless as it bizarre, playful as it is razor sharp. Bits and pieces of classic songs are culled from 40-plus years of popular music from 70s Reggae to 80s Pop to 90s Metal and everywhere in between. From Radiohead mashed with Beck, The Weeknd with Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads with Bob Marley, Metallica with Gorillaz . . . nothing is off limits.

The original Umphrey’s McGee played a mix of originals and cover songs, waiting just eight months to release their debut album, the cheekily titled Greatest Hits Volume III. Their initial “proper” recording, Local Band Does OK, came out in 2002, followed shortly afterward by an appearance at the first-ever Bonnaroo in Tennessee, selling more albums than any other band on the bill. The 2007 double album, Live at the Murat, earned a four-star review in Rolling Stone and a Jammy for Best Live Album.
"In short, TAUK is unstoppable. If you haven’t see them, dear God, go," says Live for Live Music. Hailing from Oyster Bay, NY, heavy instrumental rock-fusion onslaught TAUK has created a unique musical identity that is quickly separating them from the pack. Featuring Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric "A.C." Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums), the band seamlessly brings together a mélange of genres as diverse as gritty funk, fusion, hip hop, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, and jazz.

TAUK has an entrancing way of creating evocative instrumental soundscapes and wondrous tension-and-release jams. Their creations of “cerebral funk” inspire both enthralled headphone listening and sweaty, joyous dance floor exultations. The four different musical personalities of the bandmates conceptually collide to create an intoxicatingly potent musical brew. The recipe includes triumphantly soaring guitar melodies, devilishly creative drumming, lithe keyboard fills and bass lines so buoyant they seem to effortlessly bob and weave around song structures.

This distinct musical footprint coupled with tireless touring have built a dedicated and loyal fanbase for TAUK, and inspired the release of the band’s first live album HEADROOM, a jaw-dropping testament to the young group’s already masterful live show. Jalbert described the group’s decision to drop a live album at this early juncture in the band’s career: “We’ve created an identity and we want to capture these moments and share this stage of our evolution. It felt like the right time considering the amazing year we’ve been having.”

HEADROOM, mixed by five time Grammy winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson and Taj Mahal) features 16 hard-hitting, technically inspired instrumental tracks including a jam-rendition of Nirvana’s classic “In Bloom” & a hard hitting version of “Battle Without Honor Or Humanity” written by Tomoyasu Hotei with special guests The Shady Horns. The two-disc compilation features hand selected performances recorded at The NorVa (Norfolk, VA), The National (Richmond, VA), The Madison Theater (Covington, KY), The Ritz (Raleigh, NC), Iron Works (Buffalo, NY), The Southern (Charlottesville, VA), AURA Music Festival (Live Oak, FL), and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA).

Both Carranza and TAUK share a varied musical palette, so it makes perfect sense that he has lent a hand to help develop HEADROOM. Carranza also produced TAUK’s previous album, Collisions, and over the course of the last few years the band and Carranza have developed a close creative relationship. The entire band speaks incredibly highly of the symbiotic relationship with Carranza, with Carter summing it up by saying, “He’s been a huge influence and feels like a part of the band... Robert takes the clearest picture of the band at that point in time and makes suggestions to accentuate our songwriting and arrangements, while letting the band focus on what we want to say musically.” The band has entered the studio with him again this winter to record their 3rd studio album and a new EP both due out in 2016.

In just a few short years, TAUK have already shared stages with an impressive list of bands. Their broadly appealing musicality has caught the ear of such diverse artists as Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee (kindred spirits whom TAUK look to for inspiration; much of HEADROOM comes from their recent tour together), STS9, The Funky Meters, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Papadosio, Lettuce, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, moe., Dopapod, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Toubab Krewe, The Revivalists and many more. Festival highlights include Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, The Hangout Music Festival, Summer Camp, LOCKN’, Hudson Project, FloydFest, Hulaween, CounterPoint, Camp Bisco, Bear Creek, Art Outside and The Allman Brothers' Peach Fest.

The quartet has received accolades from a number of tastemaking authorities, including an “On The Verge” feature in Relix Magazine and frequent rotation for their singles “Mindshift”, “Sweet Revenge” and “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” on Sirius XM Jam On. Jambase named TAUK “a guaranteed quickly-ascend band” and explained It’s common to hear a jam band say they “meld genres” when describing themselves, but few are able to craft such an instantly intoxicating brew from such seemingly disparate genres so adeptly.” While The Washington Post raves “TAUK's instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that - thanks to a penchant for improv - offers limitless possibilities."

The group is reaching new heights with every live performance and album, but is nowhere close to peaking. It’s an exciting time for both TAUK and their fans, as a rocket ship of momentum ascends this young band to national prominence, while showing no signs of slowing down.
Venue Information:
College Street Music Hall.
238 College Street
New Haven, CT, 06510

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