Umphrey’s McGee, Zach Deputy
Six-man Chicago jam band Umphrey’s McGee rocked out for a packed house on Wednesday night (Feb. 16) at the Music Farm. Opening the show was Carolina native Zach Deputy, who amped the crowd with his melodic loops and beats that made you want to dance.
Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss (guitar, vocals), Jake Cinninger (guitar, synthesizers, vocals), Joel Cummins (keyboards, vocals), Andy Farag (percussion), Kris Myers (drums, vocals), and Ryan Stasik (bass) followed with a riff-heavy set and a dazzling light show, which entertained the fun-loving, jam-dancing hippies. The band’s heavy beats and impressive solos appealed to the punkier audience members who were ready to get the poison out.
Despite its size, the Music Farm couldn’t contain the group’s overall sound — a new age/jam band hybrid. They read the crowd well and stuck with what they’ve done best for the past two decades — sophisticated improvisation. The mixed bag of fans greeted them with open arms.