Umphrey’s McGee revealed plans this week for a 25-date winter tour spanning from January to the end of March. The Chicago road warriors will split their tour into two legs, first with an extensive trek of the Atlantic seaboard followed by a shorter run out west.
Umphrey’s starts out with a three-night run at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City before heading all around the northeast for a busy two weeks. After that, the bus heads to the south for a few notable weekends in the places we call home. After a night at Echostage in Washington, Umphrey’s plays a two night run at The National in Richmond, Virginia that is sure to get the tour heated up. Then it’s off to The Music Farm in Columbia, South Carolina for one night before cruising up to Asheville, North Carolina for the featured stop on their tour.
Dubbed “The Blue Ridge Rockway,” the Asheville, North Carolina event takes place at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena on February 19th and 20th. This will be Umphrey’s McGee’s first arena double header, and they are making it into quite the weekend.
The Motet kick things off on Friday night, bringing their revered funk and jazz energy from Denver. After the Umphrey’s show, fans will want to head to the recently completed New Mountain Theatre for the Official TAUKing McGee After Party, a rare collaboration featuring members of both TAUK and Umphrey’s. Last year’s version of this show ended up seeing a mind-blowing collaboration of Umphrey’s, TAUK, Papadosio and Consider The Source, that went down as one of Asheville’s best jam sessions of the year. The support switches places the next day, with TAUK opening for Umphrey’s, and The Motet playing an after show at the Asheville Music Hall.
Both of these late night shows are highly coveted and within walking distance of ExploreAsheville.com Arena, so they are sure to fill up quickly and rage late into the night. Blue Ridge Rockway will complete the first leg of the tour, with the band taking a well deserved rest before continuing out west for ten more shows from Idaho to California in March.
Written by Richard Oakley