Umphrey’s McGee – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Umphrey’s McGee

One of the most celebrated national touring acts today, Umphrey’s McGee has long excited audiences with its unique blend of progressive rock, jazz and pop-seamlessly weaving in and out of improvised, yet controlled, jams.  The widely-followed band will be performing at the Smith Opera House as part of the “Live from Geneva” concert series. The jam band was formed at the University of Notre Dame and has extensively toured the country for more than a decade since. Their performance at the Smith takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

Pulling from five studio albums, as well as a constantly changing grab bag of covers which range from Guns N’ Roses to Pink Floyd, the critically acclaimed sextet has quickly developed a strong fan base with its explosive live shows.  Showcasing strong musical talents, as well as a notable sense of humor, Umphrey’s is known for its powerful, yet ever-evolving, performances. 

This concert has been made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Music Fund. The Fund recently awarded Hobart and William Smith Colleges a $200,000 grant, designed to provide underserved populations with concerts from artists who receive limited access to commercial broadcast or other mass distribution vehicles.

Samples of Umphrey’s Mcgee’s music can be found at the band’s website (, or MySpace page (

Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for general admission. They are on sale now at The Smith Opera House.