Ok. I am a New Yorker and had my doubts about the Chicago music scene. However, since moving to Chicago in 2007, I've had the opportunity to catch some great live music. I have seen numerous bands including some of my favorites, such as the Drive-by Truckers, and moe.

The band that I have been most looking forward to seeing in this city is a band that calls Chicago home, Umphrey’s McGee. Every times they are playing a show, I am either on the road or attending a Zapwater event. Once again Umphrey’s McGee will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a series of shows at the Auditorium Theater. Unfortunately, I will be home on the east coast.

Since I will miss the New Year’s spectacular I was quite thrilled that I was able to purchase some tickets to the 2008 Acoustic Holiday Show with Umphrey’s McGee’s members, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger at Park West, December 6, 2008.

This show, a benefit for a Brendan Bayliss supported charity, USTORM. This annual
show is known for surprises and special guests ranging from local musicians to folks Brendan and Jake have shared the stage with across the country. I can't wait. Nothing is better then live music, cold beer, and supporting a cause. My imparting words to you are simple. Go see live music and happy holidays.

John Delaney

Special Projects/Office Manager

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