If you could care less about this year's Grammys (wouldn't blame you there) or the Allen Stone show at the 8x10 isn't your thing, there's the Umphrey's McGee show at Rams Head Live on Sunday night.
I've made the mistake of calling Umphrey's a "jam band" — a label for bands I say I'm
Like many of its peers, the Chicago band is known for its live covers, but this was something personal: it was a collection of Umphrey's recordings, all paying tribute to artists that recently passed away. It's a telling list (it includes covers of TLC, Pantera and Etta James to name a few), not only showing the group's tastes and influences, but also illustrating the band's confidence in its playing. Their comfort zone is like the karaoke list at Walt's Inn (read: vast, in case you've never had the joy of performing at the wonderful Canton dive), but more importantly, the covers prove the band is unafraid of complex parts, while consistently maintaining a smooth (but not "easy-listening") groove. If intricate live music impresses you, there's something to like here.
A final, cool Baltimore fact: the list includes Umphrey's performing