Umphrey’s McGee guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger will host their seventh annual Acoustic Christmas Show next month. The gig will take place at
Chicago’s Park West on December 5. Profits will benefit USTORM and a limited number of USTORM VIP tickets will be made available. These tickets include balcony seating, a four-hour premium open bar package and assorted snacks. Fans can also make booth reservations to benefit the USTORM Foundation. The guitarists’ acoustic Christmas shows have grown with Umphrey’s McGee and, over the years, drawn in additional members of the band, as well as other guests.

In other news, Joel Cummins’ annual Holiday Keyboard Concert Series with Brian Felix will not take place in 2009. A note from the band reads, “Brian, a new father, will be focusing on completing his master’s thesis over the next few months in addition to being dad, while Joel will be focusing on his music with Umphrey’s McGee, Yacht Rock and Ohmphrey for the remainder of the year. We look forward to our next concert, which will be in late 2010. Thanks to all of you who have supported us and Keys4Kids in the past. Have a wonderful holiday season.”