Umphrey’s McGee Announces Inaugural Woodlands Music & Arts Festival

It has been a great year for music festivals, both established ones and brand-new ones. Now we have another, as Umphrey’s McGee announces the inaugural Woodlands Music & Arts Festival, slated for November 8-9 at Charleston Woodlands in South Carolina!

Charleston Woodlands is a 6000-acre nature reserve. Why Charleston? The band’s manager, Vincent Iwinski, answered:

“Umphrey’s McGee is thrilled to call Charleston our 2nd home ever since Ryan Stasik, our bassist, & I moved here in 2013. We have actively been looking for a good home for an Umphrey’s anchored festival and when I first stepped foot on the grounds of Charleston Woodlands, I knew we had found it. This festival will offer the perfect combination of aesthetics; incredible natural beauty and top-notch rock show production.”

Umphrey’s McGee – Photo credit: David Lee / Gypsyshooter

To which Stasik added:

“Every time we step on stage in Charleston, there’s a strong energy in the air. Seeing family and all the CHS fans out there is truly special, we look forward to taking it to the next level this November.”

The festival will partner with the city’s culinary masters and The Charleston Arts Festival to create an amazing festival experience. Speaking of amazing, let’s look at the music lineup!

Umphrey’s McGee – Photo credit: David Lee / Gypsyshooter

Your hosts Umphrey’s McGee will play two sets each of the two nights. And that’s just the beginning! BIG Something, who just hosted their own awesome The BIG What?, will rock the festival, allow with skyrocketing Spafford. And Runaway Gin – a Tribute to Phish, will also knock you out.

Big Something – Photo credit: Mandi Nulph

Great guitar slinger Heather Gillis and her band will make believers of those who haven’t seen her — yet. Voodoo Visionary have been rocking through the summer festival and concert season and will make the scene, while The Movement brings their blend of reggae, hip hop, and rock.

Voodoo Visionary – Mandi Nulph

SunSquabi has been electrifying audiences everywhere they go, and CBDB will make many new fans with their great jams. Empire Strikes Brass does exactly what their name implies, and Manic Focus offers up his electro-soul. And the man with the loops, Zach Deputy, will take everyone to the islands.

Sunsquabi – Photo credit: Mandi Nulph

There is one more very special addition to the lineup: The New Deal. This magnificent jamtronic live band doesn’t tour nearly as much as their fans would like. The Toronto trio put the icing on this remarkable cake baked by Umphrey’s McGee.

The New Deal – Photo credit: David Lee / Gypsyshooter

Jump on tickets now; the early-bird prices are great!

WOODLANDS Music & Arts Festival

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