Umphrey’s McGee to join G. Love at the Pavilion

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Umphrey’s McGee and G. Love and Special Sauce have announced plans for a joint summer tour. The Chicago and Philadelphia-based bands will make their way to Boston for a show at the Bank of America Pavilion on Saturday, June 30. Tickets for the show, which rang in price from $20 to $34.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

After rocking the House of Blues earlier this year, Umphrey’s McGee will return to the Hub this summer as they continue to tour in support of their latest album, 2011’s Death By Stereo. The veteran progressive jam band’s sixth studio effort was released last September. The album, which follows 2009’s Mantis, stays true to the band’s improvisational nature.

“We had a bunch of ideas, but we wanted them to be relative; you know, everything has to be in its own world,” said guitarist Jake Cinninger in an interview with Guitar World last fall. “So we found a bunch of songs that groove together and had a certain life. There are a few styles on the record that we really haven’t come across in previous records. We wanted to stretch out a little bit and feel the funkier elements and some of the poppier elements to get more of an international sound out of the record.”

G. Love and Special Sauce will be touring in support of their new album, Fixin’ To Die. Produced by Seth and Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers, the album combines G. Love originals with covers of Paul Simon, the Velvet Underground and more. Recorded in a little over a week at the Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, Fixin’ To Die finds the Boston-bred band back in their country blues roots.

“It’s been a good run for us, the record has been a real return to my roots as a blues player, a coffee shop musician, street musician,” reminisced G. Love, who got his start by performing on the streets of Harvard Square, in an interview with Stubble Musiczine earlier this year. “It’s really felt like a second chance to make a first record again, you know, because a lot of the material is material I was working on before I even met the band and stumbled on mixing hip hop and blues.”

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