They've got one of the worst band names ever, and they're often lumped in with groups in the "jam band" genre.
But even though Umphrey's McGee relies heavily on improvisation during its show, the South Bend sextet sound is closer to the metrically and melodically complex prog rock of King Crimson and Frank Zappa. You can also hear elements of funk and hard rock in their sound.
They're phenomenal musicians with a distinctive sound, as you can see and hear for yourself on Sunday. They'll be at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.
Umphrey's McGee seems to love what they do. They tour often, and they've released nine studio albums and right live albums in the past 17 years. In true jam band fashion, they encourage fans to record their concerts. So if you want to gibe them a listen before you shell out the dough for a ticket, it should be pretty easy to find a recording.
Opening for the McGees is J. Roddy Waltson and the business, a Tennessee-based band that plays Southern roots rock. They've actually had more chart success than Umphrey's McGee, reaching number 13 on the alternative charts with their 2013 single "Heavy Bells."
It's kind of an odd combination, except that people who like excellent musicianship should find something to appreciate in each band.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $36.15-$38.75. Information: 727-565-0550, jannuslive.com.
-- Marty Clear