Umphrey's McGee, Big Something are coming to town

Progressive jam bands to rock the St. Augusting Amphitheatre this April

Progressive jam bands Umphrey's McGee and Big Something will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Tickets for the show go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. 



After 18-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 group continued to push the envelope and test the limits. 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

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.

Despite attempts at categorizing UM, the band has devoted its craft to making their devoted followers feel as if they are part of something larger, through such technology-fueled innovations as fan-curated sets, the immersive high-end audio offering, “Headphones & Snowcones,” where the pristine sound of the live soundboard mix is piped wirelessly through high-end personal monitor systems and headphones, as well as making every live show since 2005 available via their live music portal UM was also the first group to launch its own single-artist streaming service.


A 6-piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles.

It's no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered Summer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph and The B-52s, who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

Tickets for Umphrey’s McGee with Big Something will be available at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices,, all TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.


WHEN: Saturday, April 29 | 6 p.m.

WHERE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre | 1340C State Road A1A S.