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Published: 2009/02/17

Special Guests and Surprise Covers Mark Umphreys Madison Run

Umphreys McGee wrapped-up a four-night run at Madison, WIs Barrymore Theatre this past Sunday. In addition to a previously reported cameo by Jeff Coffin Thursday night, each show featured a number of surprises. On Friday, Jen Hartswick and Kevin Sinclair emerged on trumpet and saxophone, respectively for Memphis Underground, while Jake Cinninger led Umphreys through Living On a Farm, a long-shelved cut from his previous band Ali Baba’s Tahini. The following night Umphreys bassist Ryan Stasik threw an American the Beautiful bass jam into All Things Ninja and, finally, on Sunday both Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss unplugged their guitars for a semi-acoustic first set. The band also busted out a cover of .38 Specials Hold On Loosely and brought out former lighting designer Adam Budney to sing Honey Bunch as an encore. Umphreys McGee will kick off the next leg of its winter tour at Atlantas Variety Playhouse this Thursday.

A Reunited Janes Addiction to Join Ben Harper, Kings of Leon, Girl Talk, the Avett Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and Others at Sasquatch!

A reunited Janes Addiction will headline George, WAs annual Sasquatch! Music festival. Core members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins performed together for the first time since 1991 at the 2008 NMA Music Awards and are expected to hit the road this year with Nine Inch Nails.

Other acts confirmed to appear at Sasquatch! include Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Explosions In The Sky, Devotchka, Peter Bjorn & John, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward and onetime New Groove of the Month The Avett Brothers. In addition, the festival will boast appearances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Doves, Calexico, Grizzly Bear, M83, Girl Talk, The Gaslight Anthem, The Walkmen, Chromeo (dj set), Deadmau5, Mugison, Sun Kil Moon, Airborne Toxic Event, Blitzen Trapper, Shearwater, BLK JKS, The Wrens, Tobacco, Monotonix, King Khan & The Shrines, St. Vincent, Passion Pit, John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, Blind Pilot, AA Bondy, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, The Dodos, Beach House, Arthur & Yu, The Submarines, Owl City, Viva Voce, James Pants, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Builders & The Butchers, The Dutchess & The Duke, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele, Fences, School of Seven Bells, Death Vessel, Horse Feathers, Hockey, Point Juncture, WA, The Pica Beats, Loch Lomond and Vince Mira.

In the comedy realm, Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God’s Pottery and People’s Republic of Komedy are all set to perform. The multi-band event will take place at The Gorge from May 23-25.

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