Category: Joel Cummins

Happiest of Birthdays to Keyboard Wizard Joel Cummins!!


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.

Joel BeatlesIn 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.

Most Recent Setlist: J&B and Joel Setlists

Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger Holiday Show
Park West, Chicago, IL

Similar Skin > Gulf Stream, Cut the Cable, Susanah*, Syncopated Strangers**, Carol of the Bells, Dancing Days*, Bron-Yr-Aur*, Down by the Seaside*, Push and Pull, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Two Dips***, Paranoid***, Tempted*, Comma Later*, Weight Around*, Showdown*, Baby Bitch*

E: Last Train Home*, Upward*, Black Water*

Notes: *w/Andy Farag, Joel Cummins and Mike Racky
**w/Andy Farag and Joel Cummins
***w/Farag, Cummins, Racky and Wade Wilby

[h/t to for the full set]
Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger Play Annual Holiday Show in Chicago

Joel Setlist

Orfeo, Pour Le Piano Prelude (Debussy), Blue in Green (Miles Davis/Bill Evans), Sonata Pathetique 1st Movement (Beethoven), Improv > Concerning a UFO (Sufjan Stevens) > Chicago*, Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi)

Encore: Easy Lover (Phil Collins)

* with Mike Racky on Pedal Steel

More Supergroup Collaborations – This Time at a Barcade…in Chicago!


Another superjam of epic proportions has been organized! The beloved Joel Cummins will be joining members of Digital Tape Machine, RAQ, Particle, Turbo Suit, Woo Park and Fluid Minds. This is all happening at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park on December 10th!! Barcades appear to be all the rage this week, with 1up Colfax ending its tenure as a venue while the Emporium Arcade Bar just began hosting musicians this fall.

Joel Cummins and the (Moved) Roosevelt Collier Colorado Get Down!

This week, without warning, Denver’s 1up Colfax announced that it would stop hosting live music events in its space, turning instead to emphasize the traditional barcade experience that has long set it aside from other Beer Halls in Denver. Umphreaks have looked on 1up Colfax as a small but active hub of Umphrey’s related events – from Umphrey’s McGee hosting the first 1up show in December 2013, to the many Joel and Kris superjam appearances which assured improvisational mastery in a easy-to-access environment. It appeared as though some umphcoming Umphrey’s related shows in the near-future would be certainly cancelled.

Enter: Quixote’s True Blue on 13th.

The amazing team at MusicMarauders quickly pivoted to the classic Denver venue, allowing for the amazing Roosevelt Collier superjam to move forward this upcoming weekend. Joel Cummins, beloved keyboard magician extraordinaire, will join colleagues Roosevelt Collier (slide guitar, The Lee Boys), Billy Nershi (guitar, The String Cheese Incident), Matt Lapham (bass, Shak Nasti) and Dave Watts (dummer, The Motet). Roosevelt always assembles an amazing team for a thorough and fun improvisational “get down” and with Joel in the mix, this will most assuredly be one of the best on-the-fly jams assembled by the good “Doctor”.

The boys will be in Boulder the night before at the Fox Theatre (sans Dave Watts, but sub-in Dominic Lalli  & Jeremy Salken, plus opener Tom Hamilton’s American Babies). To purchase Tickets For 11.19, gotot

To Purchase Tickets For the Quixotes shows the next two nights, 11.20 & 11.21, goto

He’s a nice Soundcloud of a previous Roosevelt Collier “Get Down”, just to give a sample!