Progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee returns to The Amp with special guest Magic City Hippies on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its’ six participants; Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano,vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass], know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight song craft.
From their initial bar gigs in 1998 to three-nights playing to packed crowds at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2017, the group have simultaneously remained intensely committed to their fans. 2002 saw them perform at the first-ever Bonnaroo and sell more CDs than any other act on the bill. They became the “first group to launch its’ own single artist streaming service” with UMLive.net, which houses recordings of every gig since 2005. They recorded ten tracks in one day at Abbey Road for The London Session in 2015. In 2017, they stepped into another realm altogether by integrating themselves into the VR Platform Endless Riff.
Magic City Hippies began as a one-man band playing for the co-ed party scene on the streets of Miami, serenading the 20-somethings with a mix of old-school hip-hop covers and breezy pop originals. After months of stealing electricity and stirring up crowds of passers-by with his loop-based setup, Robby Hunter was given an ultimatum by the local police: to cease and desist from street performance or to get a gig at a “real bar”. Finding sanctuary in the neighborhood dive, Hunter enlisted the support of multi-instrumentalists Pat Howard (drums) and John Coughlin (guitar) for a regular Friday night gig (that paid, of course, in free beer). The trio dubbed themselves Robby Hunter Band and released a self-produced, widely acclaimed debut LP in 2013 entitled “Magic City Hippies”, which included the beachy Hype Machine-topper “Corazón” alongside indie blog hits ”Hard On Me” and “BUST”. Encouraged by the international reach and positive reception of their debut, they decided to expand their sound and approach under the better-fitting moniker Magic City Hippies (after the title of their debut LP).
Gates 5:00pm / Show 6:00pm
$35.00 – General Admission Standing Pit; Reserved Seating Levels 100, 200 and 300
Visit The Amp website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.