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Hello friends,

We are thrilled to have finally wrapped up production with our new album over the past week. We have embarked on a process that's quite a bit different from our studio projects in the past: we've created an album of brand new, previously unheard Umphrey's McGee compositions. It is by far our most in-depth studio effort, featuring intricate compositions, soaring melodies and an enormous variety of textures. We can't wait to share this music with you. We will have some very exciting opportunities in the next month regarding the album, which is now slated for a January 2009 release.

The Umphrey's side projects are keeping busy during the band's brief time off. This weekend, the Omega Moos (featuring Brendan and Ryan, along with Jamie and Darren from the New Deal) will bring their 80s infused electro-dance party to Bloomington, Indiana at the Bluebird on Friday September 25th, and a special late night show at the Metro in Chicago on Saturday September 26th. At the Metro, the doors open at 11:30 pm, with a special set by DJ Booger on the 1s and 2s. The Omega Moos will also be making a stop in New Haven, CT at Toad’s Place, on Sunday, October 12th during the Umphrey’s NE run. Next week, the North Indiana All Stars will return, playing a late night show at Doc’s in Muncie, IN after the Umphrey’s show on Friday, October 3rd. We have just announced a special appearance by Kick the McGee featuring Kris, Jake, Joel, and Chris Clemente from Kick the Cat, on Wednesday, November 12th, at Martyrs' in Chicago. As always, all show and ticketing info can be found at

As plans are in motion for this year's Umphrey's McGee New Year's Eve run, we are excited to announce the Consider It Dan VIP Travel Packages. Ring in the New Year while staying in an amazing hotel and choose from the best seats in the Auditorium Theatre. Your seating options will be between the first five (5) rows for an up close view of the action, rows 15 through 20 in the middle section to experience the whole show with premium view, or Box seats on the side of the theater providing an unparalleled concert experience! These same seats will be reserved for you each night. Extras include a Welcome Party on the 29th at the James Hotel, a Tour of the Auditorium Theatre on the 30th, and a one hour Open Bar Cocktail Hour on the 31st before doors are open to the public at the Auditorium Theatre. When the shows are over, kick back and relax in your room at the James Hotel, complete with 42" plasma TVs in every room, complimentary wireless internet and a bumpin' stereo system. T-shirts, posters, UMLIVES and more, are also included in this unbelievable package. This package will go on sale this Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 AM CST - there will be a $199 deposit. Check for more information.

Stay tuned for an announcement early October with full details regarding the three night run. And don’t forget, if not taking part in the Consider It Dan VIP travel package, a special Umphrey’s McGee Ticketing on-sale will happen on Thursday, October 9th. Keep an eye on for announcements soon.

October is Rocktober for Umphrey’s McGee as we will be playing 19 shows in October alone. We kick off the festivities in the Midwest and then set our sights toward the East Coast. Included in this run will be four nights in New York, the first of which will be Moogfest on Monday, October 13th. Check out Joel’s Moog blog on The Floor for details on how Bob Moog’s legacy has influenced Umphrey’s McGee and music as a whole.

After concluding the East Coast tour on Saturday, October 18th in Philadelphia, we shift directions and make our way west, culminating with two shows in San Francisco. On Friday, October 31st, we will make our debut at the Warfield in San Francisco, for the Umphrey’s McGee Monster Mash Up. For more information on what the Monster Mash-up is all about, visit The Floor for Joel’s musings. The possibilities are endless! We are excited to announce that The New Deal will make a rare appearance, supporting us at the Warfield Halloween show.

For anyone on the fence about Caribbean Holidaze 2008, this is your last chance to join us in Jamaica! The final holds have been released and there are less than 10 rooms remaining. Check out how incredible our little paradise in Jamaica is by visiting We are happy to announce the return of the Umphrey's McGee Golf Tournament, and this year's event will also feature a Surf & Turf Volleyball tourney with Ryan & Aron Magner. Finally, back by popular demand, Brendan Bayliss will again be taking on challengers in a Tennis Tournament. More details will be coming your way soon.

We hope to see you all very soon!

Umphrey’s McGee

umphcoming shows:
09.26.08 Bluebird Nightclub
The Omega Moos
Bloomington, IN
09.27.08 Metro
The Omega Moos
Chicago, IL
10.02.08 State Theatre Kalamazoo, MI
10.03.08 Emens Auditorium Muncie, IN
10.03.08 Doc's Music Hall
North Indiana All Stars
Muncie, IN
10.04.08 Peoria Ribfest & Chili Cook-Off
CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing
Peoria, IL
10.09.08 Northern Lights
with Conspirator
Albany, NY
10.10.08 Higher Ground
with Conspirator
South Burlington, VT
10.11.08 Higher Ground
with Conspirator
South Burlington, VT
10.12.08 Toad's Place
The Omega Moos
New Haven, CT
10.13.08 Moogfest 2008 New York, NY
10.14.08 Blender Theater at Gramercy New York, NY
10.15.08 Blender Theater at Gramercy New York, NY
10.16.08 Blender Theater at Gramercy New York, NY
10.17.08 Smith Opera House Geneva, NY
10.18.08 Electric Factory
with American Babies
Philadelphia, PA
10.21.08 Webster Wine Bar
Kris's Jazz Quartet
Chicago, IL
10.23.08 Richards on Richards Vancouver, BC
10.24.08 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
10.25.08 Showbox Seattle, WA
10.27.08 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV
10.28.08 House of Blues
with Tea Leaf Green
West Hollywood, CA
10.29.08 House of Blues San Diego, CA
10.31.08 The Warfield
with the New Deal
San Francisco, CA
11.01.08 Slim's San Francisco, CA
11.12.08 Martyrs'
Kick the McGee
Chicago, IL
11.14.08 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
11.15.08 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
11.16.08 Music Farm Charleston, SC
11.18.08 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
11.19.08 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
11.20.08 The National Richmond, VA
11.21.08 9:30 Club Washington, DC
11.22.08 9:30 Club Washington, DC
11.25.08 Webster Wine Bar
Kris's Jazz Quartet
Chicago, IL
12.11.08 - 12.15.08 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Bay, Jamaica
12.23.08 Webster Wine Bar
Kris's Jazz Quartet
Chicago, IL
12.29.08 - 12.31.08 The Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL
01.04.09 - 01.09.09 Jam Cruise 7
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