A true Thunder God on the skins, Kris Myers celebrates his birthday 39th today!
According to Wikipedia:
Receiving his first drum kit at the age of 8, Myers took an early interest in jazz, rock and punk music. During high school Myers co-started his first musical outfit, a ska/punk band called the Skalawags. Although the group received a decent amount of success, they denied an offer to tour Japan and instead chose to pursue college degrees.
Myers attended Elmhurst College where he was a music major and the drummer in the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. Under director Doug Beach, the Elmhurst College Jazz Band played gigs both in the U.S. and Internationally at events such as theUmbria Jazz Festival,Jakarta Jazz Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
In 2001 Myers enrolled in DePaul University where he earned his master’s degree in jazz drumming and was a member of the Rob Parton Orchestra. In addition to his involvement in school bands, Myers was playing in festivals with a variety of jazz artists such as Nicholas Payton, Diane Schuur, Randy Brecker, Dennis DiBlasio as well as local musicians Mark Colby and John McLean. He was also a member of Chicago jazz fusion band Kick the Cat.
Myers began playing drums for progressive-rock band Umphrey’s Mcgee in 2003 following the departure of original drummerMike Mirro. With Myers at the helm, Umphrey’s has released ten albums and maintains a rigorous touring schedule of over 100 live shows per year. Umphrey’s has performed at legendary festivals and venues such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza,Austin City Limits, Fuji Rock Festival, South by Southwest, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatreand many more.
He has shared the stage with a variety of artists over the years: Buddy Guy, Dave Matthews, Huey Lewis, Peter Tosh, Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Mike Gordon, Warren Haynes, Ivan Neville, Les Claypool, Stephen Perkins, Mike Keneally, Jimmy Herring, John Oates,Gene Ween, Adrian Belew, Joshua Redman, Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Jen Hartswick, Keller Williams, Stanley Jordan, Chris Poland, Rob Pagliari, Jeff Austin, Buckethead, Cody & Luther Dickinson, Mark Kolby, Jon McLean, Rob Cornelius, Paris Delayne, Jeremy Piven (actor).
In 2011, Kris Myers was honored with the title of best Jam Band drummer by DRUM Magazine, beating out jamband stalwarts such as Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) and Jon Fishman (Phish).
Kris is an endorser of Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth drumsticks. In 2012, he received his own line of signature drum sticks from Vic Firth:http://vicfirth.com/artist/Kris_Myers/
Since 2003, Myers has been a member in several bands with fellow Umphrey’s band mates, and an array of new and old musical artists and friends.
Classic Kris moments:
Event on UMANON: http://umanon.com/events/peach-music-festival-2016/
Montage Mountain on Venue Wiki: http://umanon.com/locations/montage-mountain/
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/219227495084980/
Happiest of birthdays to the keyboard wizard Joel Cummins!!! Old man Joel is now 41 years of age! We love you Joel! Joel Joel Joel! Here’s to another amazing year of music and adventure!
According to Wikipedia:
Joel Nathan Cummins (born January 12, 1975, in La Grange, Illinois) is an American musician, and founding member/keyboardist for progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee.
Cummins tours full-time with Umphrey’s McGee, playing a range of shows each year, including sold-out performances at New York’s Beacon Theater, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The group also regularly performs American festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Electric Forest & Summer Camp Music Festival. International appearances have included Jam in the Dam in Amsterdam, Byron Bay Blues Fest in Australia and Fuji Rock Fest in Japan.
Cummins, along with Brendan Bayliss, Mike Mirro and Ryan Stasik, formed the band in December 1997. Cummins and Mirro were members of University of Notre Dame band Stomper Bob, which split up around the same time as another local band, Tashi Station (which included Bayliss and Stasik).
Cummins began studying classical piano more than 25 years ago and, along with several keyboards, performs with a grand piano at Umphrey’s McGee concerts.
In 1995, he released a solo piano album, Suspended in Time: An Epic, featuring originals such as the future Umphrey’s McGee classic Orfeo and covers such as Phish’s Magilla.
In 2001, Cummins released an electronic keyboard-based album, Common Sense, which featured Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger on drums for most tracks. The band would later use two of the tracks, The Triple Wide and In Violation of Yes, in their concert repertoire.
In addition to playing in Umphrey’s McGee, Cummins writes and plays with a number of other bands. He is a member of progressive-rock tinged OHMphrey along with Chris Poland (Megadeth) and two members of Umphrey’s McGee. Joel is a member of Digital Tape Machine, a more electronic Chicago-based group. Cummins also performs with the improvisational groups The Everyone Orchestra, Kick the McGee, North Indiana All Stars and Banyan, with Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Nels Cline (Wilco) and Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges). He has also recently been featured on several occasions as a guest keyboardist for Indiana-based jamtronica group Cosby Sweater.
He has also collaborated with artists such as Huey Lewis, Joshua Redman, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Buddy Guy, Skrillex, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Damian Marley, Warpaint, Thundercat, ASAP Ferg, Koko Taylor, Sinéad O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir, Les Claypool, John Oates, Big Light, Adrian Belew, Ray White & Lee Oskar.
Cummins married Dasha Davis in May 2010 and the couple resides in Los Angeles.
01.02.2016 THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM, DENVER, CO, USA
Set 1: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, FF > The Fussy Dutchman, Domino Theory, Nemo > Sweetness > Nemo, Soul Food I > Ocean Billy
Encore: Uncommon > The Floor
 with Over the Hills and Far Away (Led Zeppelin) tease
 with Jaden Carlson on guitar
 debut, Mark Ronson
Support: The London Souls
The Fillmore Auditorium
Preamble > Mantis, Gone for Good*, Liquid > Words, The Haunt, 2×2
Encore: Hurt Bird Bath
* debut; original
The set was preceded by Reel to Real movie.
Brendan and Kris made an appearance with the Cheese that is Stringiest, joining them for an amazing encore which included:
a huge drums with Kris and Heart of Glass > Lets Go Outside with Kris and Bayliss
[h/t to the Illinois Umphrey’s Crew for the photo]
The official lineup for Summercamp Music Festival 2016 has been announced and favors a jamband heavy lineup with a few notable electronic exceptions. We can only wonder how the dynamic lineup will develop as additional artists are announced!
Couch tour that shit!
For those of you who ARE coming out to Denver, be sure to check out our NYE Survival Guide!
Dec 12, 2015
Park WestSold Out
NON-UM: Brendan & Jake Holiday Show, feat. Joel
Price: $30.00 IN ADVANCE
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Start Time: 8:00 PM
- Brendan and Jake will play their 13th Annual Holiday Acoustic Show; both Joel and Andy will join throughout the evening
- Joel will begin the festivities with a solo set
- the show will benefit The People’s Music School of Chicago
- this show has SOLD OUT
From Barry Brown:
“Doors tonight are at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm sharp. Remember to get yourself lots of raffle tickets (cash only) and to buy your Holiday Show Xmas Tree Ornament ($10 each). Tonight’s show benefits the People’s Music School, which provides FREE music education to children and young adults that would not otherwise have access to such a program.”
Looking back at previous Jake and Brendan Holiday shows, we can find some real fan-shot gems from YouTube (pro-recordings are almost never released from the J&B Holiday shows)
Like this RHCP cover that was captured by the everawesome Anthony Anderson in 2013:
or this cover of Floyd’s Wish You Were Here as captured by Brianna Kelly
or how about user ‘Lossless’s grab of ITK from 2008?
All we’re saying is, if you’re going tonight, you’re going to have a damn good time! What are some of your favorite J&B Holiday show memories from years past?