Umphrey’s McGee survived the jam craze at the turn of millennium with their loyal fan base intact. Music enthusiasts should note this band’s sonic versatility as one of the most detrimental aspects to their survival.

Masters of what has been called “improg” (Progressive Improvisation), their audiences never know what to expect with their live show. A jazz-laden song could plunge into a realm of rock-and-roll, before shifting into a tune heavy in electronic elements. This allows the band to walk a fine line between jam and progressive rock categories. With the recent passing of drummer Mike Mirro, Umphrey’s Saenger show will be many local fans’ first time experiencing the band’s new drummer Kris Myers.

Lionize will be laying the foundation for Umphrey’s McGee. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) acted as producer for their recent release “Jetpack Soundtrack.” When one takes Clutch’s style into consideration, it is no surprise that Gaster took an interest in this trio.

Lionize’s sound is steeped heavily in pure rock ’n’ roll that maintains a consistent edge throughout their tracks. This band embraces rock’s blues roots with each song while leaving their own aural footprint.

Ultimately, their creative methods have resulted in a rock sound for the future that is beautifully difficult to categorize. Their set will definitely get the crowd energized for Umprey’s McGee.


Umphrey’s McGee, Lionize
Date: Wednesday, April 16, with doors open at 8 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $25 available through Ticketmaster and at the Saenger Box Office