This past Friday night at Music Farm Columbia, hundreds of fans gathered as the venue welcomed Indiana’s progressive rock artists Umphrey’s McGee, a staple on the American jam band circuit. Hands were held high, forming the signature fan “U” with fingers as the crowd cheered and danced during the groovy hard rock sets.
Music Farm Columbia was one of over twenty stops scheduled in the band’s Summer 2017 tour, and Columbia residents welcomed them with an undeniable energy Friday night. The diverse crowd spanned all ages and featured concertgoers in a variety of dress: some hippie garb, some eclectic rave costumes, and of course, classic cocktail attire for a night out downtown.
Umphrey’s McGee, often thought of as a Grateful Dead for the electronic music generation, played their unique fusion of funky, metal-driven jam music, with powerful, heavy electric guitar chords, soaring vocals, and energetic, jazzy keyboards. The event nearly sold out, and the massive crowd demonstrated the city’s love for great live music.
When asked to comment about why his band loved playing at Music Farm Columbia, Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik said, “Because the people in Columbia know how to f—ing party.”
The show followed the previous night’s hosting of Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist J. Cole, proving the strength of Music Farm Columbia’s stellar summer line-up. The large venue sits at the helm of the Vista, bringing affordable live music from nationally recognized acts directly to the middle of downtown Columbia’s weekend nightlife.
Upcoming shows at Music Farm Columbia include a series of three free country music concerts called “Party at the Farm”: Eric Paslay (June 7), Midland (June 14), Granger Smith (June 21), and Easton Corbin (June 28). This summer, Music Farm Columbia will also host a variety of events and concerts, including hosting rappers Boosie Badazz and Lil Yachty, country singer Cody Jinks, rock band STRFKR, reggae band Mystic Vibrations, comedian Tony Hinchcliffe, indie band Moon Taxi, and alternative rockers Judah and the Lion, as well as two tribute bands, Abbey Road Live! and Hey, Johnny Park. For more information on upcoming concerts and events, visit www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia.