In what has become a Chicago tradition, Umphrey’s McGee returns to the legendary Aragon Ballroom for a string of year-end performances. This year the band performs on December 30th and New Year’s Eve at the Aragon, and will play an intimate "warm-up" performance on December 29th at the Vic Theatre.
For the 2009 end-of-year run Umphrey’s McGee have invited two of the biggest names in electronic music to join them for what is sure to be another set of amazing shows: Z-Trip on December 30th and Prefuse 73 on New Year’s Eve. Umphrey’s has also put together a special horn section for their New Year’s Eve performance – featuring Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin
Having played opening sets for some of the biggest rock acts around (like the Rolling Stones) Z-Trip recently performed legendary sets at some of the biggest American festivals, namely Bonnaroo and Coachella. Umphrey’s is excited to have Z-Trip, "America’s Best DJ" for 2009 (DJ Times), join them on the 30th.
On New Year’s Eve, legendary DJ and producer Prefuse 73 will open for Umphrey’s McGee with a "live set", and will stick around to keep the party moving with DJ sets during the UM set breaks. Called "Artist of the Decade" by Better Propaganda, Prefuse 73 was handpicked by Umphrey’s McGee as their special New Year’s Eve musical guest.
Tickets are $30.00 for December 29th at The Vic and are only available as part of a three-show pass; tickets are $32.50 for December 30 and $65.00 for New Year’s Eve at the Aragon. All tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00am through ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, or charge by phone 800.745.3000. Showtime on December 29th and 30th is 8:00pm; show time on New Year’s Eve is 7:30pm. Ages 18 and over are welcome for all three shows. Tickets to the Vic Theatre 12/29 show are available as a part of a three-show ticket package.
2009 has been a very good year for Umphrey’s. The band released "Mantis" (on Inauguration Day) to praise by fans and critics alike and played to sell-out crowds around the country. The band continues to be an enduring live act — the band will end up performing more than 100 shows this year.