Umphreys McGee and the Disco Biscuits Help Bring Green Apple to Chicago
The Disco Biscuits and Umphreys McGee previewed their summer tour together throughout the Chicago edition of the Green Apple Music and Arts Festival . On Saturday Umphreys McGee played an intimate show at the Vic Theatre as part of its hometown festivies, bringing out a number of Green Apple performers. During The Triple Wide, String Cheese Incidents Michael Kang replaced Umphreys McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger, while Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner replaced keyboardist Joel Cummins. Soon after, Disco Biscuits drummer Allen Aucoin played percussion on Nothing Too Fancy. On Friday, Magner, Aucoin, Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig played a set of completely instrumental music at Chicagos Ontourage under the name Tractorbeam.
On Sunday, Umphreys McGee headlined an afternoon of free music at Chicagos Lincoln Park Zoo which drew an estimated 15,000 fans. The Disco Biscuits supplied support duties, along with childrens performers The Deep Fried Pickle Project, children’s singer/songwriter Ella Jenkins, kids stars The Blisters, Paul Green’s School of Rock, dub icon Mad Professor, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters leader Todd Park Mohr.
Green Apple lined the Zoo with environmental vendors and greening information booths. Later in the evening, the Disco Biscuits headlined a show at the Vic Theatre. The event doubled as a birthday celebration for Magner and featured a guest appearance by Umphreys McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss on Home Again. During the night the Disco Biscuits confirmed rumors that its annual Camp Bisco festival would be held in Mariaville, NY, the weekend of August 16. Flyers sprinkled throughout the venue announced a new Jamaican destination event, created by the minds behind Jam Cruise and Langerado, featuring the Disco Biscuits and Umphreys McGee.
The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival had a presence at over 20 additional shows throughout the Windy City. Other standout performances including a kick-off show by The Decemberists at The Riviera, a DJ performance by RJD2 at the Metro, an appearance by bluegrass singer Del McCoury and a spot by indie-violinist Andrew Bird.