There was an eclectic mix of music fans at Club Nokia on August 3rd, 2011 for a show featuring San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green and Brooklyn’s Matisyahu. The NoCal jamband rockers and NYC based rap/rock/reggae crooner made an odd pairing, but the boisterous crowd enjoyed a riveting show.
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.