The Summer Camp Music
Festival begins today at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL with a "Thursday Pre-
Party." 2014 marks the 12th year in a row both Umphrey's McGee and moe. will perform at
the event. For today's Throwback Thursday we want to look at the night at Summer
Camp 2006, when both bands came together for the incredibly interesting and inventive
"Split Squad Shows."
[Photos by Brett Saul]
On May 28, 2006 members of both bands split up into two separate units for performances at
The Red Barn. Split Squad #1 featured Chuck Garvey and Vinnie Amico of moe. along with
Umphrey's Joel Cummins, Jake Cinninger, Ryan Stasik and Andy Farag. Split Squad #2 saw Al
Schnier, Jim Loughlin and Rob Derhak of moe. pair up with Umphrey's Brendan Bayliss and
Kris Myers. Each group played a mix of moe. and UM originals along with a killer set of
covers. Split Squad #1 tackled songs from the likes of Frank Zappa, Steely Dan and
Radiohead, while Split Squad #2 covered AC/DC, Big Star, Iron Maiden and Talking Heads.
All of Umphrey's and moe. came together outside the venue for a finale of "The Weight"
(The Band) and "Night Moves" (Bob Seger).
The next year Summer Camp presented a "Tag Team" show in which members of UM, moe. and
other acts "tagged" in and out throughout the evening for more of a free-form jam session.
One-time-only musical experiences like Split Squads and Tag Team at Summer Camp are what
we love to see festival organizers program at their events. Listen to Jon Merin's
outstanding recording of Split Squad Night at Summer Camp 2006:
Check out our coverage of Summer Camp 2006.
[Published on: 5/22/14]