Looking for a fun, active, sports-themed vacation? Then consider the new breed of active trips known as “sportcations.” How about a long weekend of soaking up California’s sun, sand, and beautiful views, paired with watching the best of professional beach volleyball? Or if watching isn’t close to being enough activity for you, what about taking a trip to paradise to get into the action yourself and take on the pros at their own games?
Yes, another jamband review. Umphrey’s McGee, a band I had never seen before, gets lumped into this genre. There are many misconceptions that the name “jamband” produces. Many of the bands in this category are extremely talented, ranging from jazz to southern rock and bluegrass. The thing that they all share is a love for, and expertise in live improvisation. That certainly describes Umphrey’s McGee. As with most jambands, you don’t get their real vibe from their albums, but from seeing them live. So, it was with great anticipation that I hit the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip on March 17, 2011 to experience this Chicago based group that came out of the Midwest in the mid 90s.