Today we look back to October 19, 2005…

Umphrey’s McLean

With the Dirty Dozen Brass Band currently off the road until Vegoose, guitarist Jamie McLean has dedicated much of the month to performing with his own group. Last night at the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina his band completed a run of shows opening for Umphrey’s McGee. To mark the occasion, McLean came out early in the second set replacing Brendan Bayliss for an extended Jimmy Stewart. The Jamie McLean Band is in Greenville tonight and will remain in the Carolinas through the weekend, while Umphreys is in Florida over the next two nights before heading out west.

Kras Deitch Dance Party

Last night, drummer Adam Deitch’s Tuesday night residency continued at New York’s Scenic. In addition to Deitch, this Project features a number of popular freelance and studio musicians including Dub Trio/G-Unit bassist Stu ‘Subby’ Brooks, Lauren Hill/Roy Ayers keyboardist Borom Lee, Lettuce guitarist Adam Smirnoff and Noble Society vocalist Jah Dan. Eric Krasno also sat in on a selection of untitled numbers composed the previous night. Krasno will continue to sit-in sporadically during Deitch’s Scenic residency which will feature different MCs each week. ‘This is not a cover band,’ Deitch says. ‘Not Jam-rock, not noodling electronica. Its an AD style trip hop, dub dance party.’

Star Wars for Breakfast

The Breakfast (winners of the 2004 Jammy Award for New Groove) has announced the theme for its 7th annual Fonghoulish Freakout. The theme will be Star Wars, a follow up to last years Big Lebowski night. The band pledges to introduce some new original compositions as well as some material from the Star Wars films (although beyond the Cantina Song and John Williams’ Theme one wonders where they will go with it). The event will take place on Saturday October 29 at the Webster Theater in Hartford. The venue will be decorated for the occasion and concertgoers are encouraged to do the same.

Dave Matthews Cruising With Friends To Secret Island

In what has an element of James Bond to it, Dave Matthews & Friends will be performing on a secret island in the Bahamas in early February. Matthews has enlisted two ships to depart on February 3 from Miami (The Majesty of the Seas) and Orlando (Sovereign of the Seas) and return on February 6. In addition to the performance by Dave Matthews & Friends which will take place at the undisclosed location on February 4, numerous artists will perform on the ship as well, including RatDog, G. Love and Special Sauce, Toots & the Maytals, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Mike Doughtys Band, MOFRO, John Browns Body and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Reservations will be available exclusively to members of the Warehouse, Matthews’ official fan club, and will open on Monday night.

Party Like It’s 1995

Phish will mark the ten Year Anniversary of its celebrated Madison Square Garden New Year’s Eve performance, by releasing the show in its entirety. Phish: New Year’s Eve 1995 – Live At Madison Square Garden, which will consist of three CDs, will appear in stores on December 20. Highlights include the pairing of Drowned and The Lizards which opened the second set, the Mikes Song that closed that same set, along with such rarities as Sanity, Johnny B. Goode and a version of Colonel Forbins Ascent/ Fly Famous Mockingbird that led to a cover of Collective Souls Shine with guest vocalist Tom Marshall.