The Stew Art series is one of the most innovative ideas a band or group has brought to the table since the inception of pulling girls on stage for serenades. Through a series of different mediums ranging from text messaging to chalk boards to pre-made cue-cards, Umphrey's Mcgee will perform a completely improvisational set based on the stated direction of the audience. This means lucky UM-heads can literally take control of a song simply by chiming in on a certain topic, word or idea.
This experiment in audience participation has made the Stew Art series a highly coveted event giving old fans and newbies the chance to interact with the band prior to a show, as well as watch the skills of musicians challenged in a completely open environment. You want the song to slow down? Let them know and they will chop into a slower version, or a completely improvised jam. What other bands out there are willing to put their skills to the test of their fans? None like this.
Umphrey's Mcgee also has plans to release a complete series of digital EPs through their website, giving a fans an early taste, offering a new track, "Wellwishers," for free download.
Stew Art series tickets start at $99 through the Umphrey's Mcgee website. Tickets to the Belly Up Aspen shows are sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Fillmore Auditorium show on Friday, February 11. Put your money where your mouth is and give Umphrey's Mcgee a chance to show you just why they have been making great music for over a decade.