Umphrey’s McGee will offer live webcasts of seven upcoming shows, starting with tomorrow’s concert at the Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. Each performance can be webcast for $6.99, though bundles will also be available.
The shows will be streamed on Umphrey’s McGee’s new video platform, which promises “enhanced customized chat functionality, better social media integration, live fan polls, merch giveaways, and more.” Fan can purchase the webcasts via the links below.
Oct. 16th Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt.
Oct. 17th The Klein, Bridgeport, Conn.
Oct. 18th Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Mass.
Oct. 21st State Theatre, State College, Penn.
Oct. 24th Sherman Theatre, East Stroudsburg, Penn.
Oct. 25th Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Oct. 26th Town Ballroom, Buffalo, N.Y.
UPDATE: The band’s Creative & Business Development guru Kevin Browning has penned an open letter explaining why it’s so hard to webcast every show. The post reads:
Curious to know a bit more about how the sausage is made?
Webcasting every show should be easy in 2013, right? You’d be amazed.
Solid, reliable internet connections are the single biggest obstacle we face when trying to bring you interruption free streams on a regular basis. The lack of quality bandwidth at most venues is staggering (think AOL dial-up speeds circa ’99). As a result, we are forced to get creative and Macgyver solutions when nothing obvious presents itself. We’ve grown tired of waiting for others to improve their broadband so we’re trying to take things into our own hands.
In the continuing tradition of UM experiments, we’ll be broadcasting this run using a portable, video-over-cellular backpack. In a nutshell, we’ll be bonding together cellular service from all major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint etc.) and uploading our live stream from there. Will it be 100% perfect? Probably not. But we’re not going to let perfect be the enemy of the good on our quest to bring you more of what you want…HQ live webcasts. Thanks for joining us on the journey as we constantly strive to improve and expand all things UM. And as always, thanks for your continued support.