2005's BIG Summer Classic is destined to be remembered as one of the most unique concert tours of the century. Musical cross-pollination and social consciousness ruled the day, as bodies danced and heads were fed. And while the musical collaborations were seldom flawless, each faithfully embodied the undying improvisational spirit of this modern day Magical Mystery Tour.
The latest release from this essential collection of festival-focused DVDs takes us back to the BIG Summer Classic's two-day stop in Schaumburg, Illinois for a two-and-a-half hour sampling of the 2006 Jammy Award winning Tour of the Year. 1st up Umphrey's McGee welcomes Michael Kang, Keller Williams and Jeff Austin to the stage for a crowd-pleasing "Triple Wide" > "Black Water" (with "Stairway to Heaven" tease) as this thoughtfully edited tribute generously spotlights each participating band both alone and with guests. Other collaborations include UM's Brendan Bayliss and Keller Williams with Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident's Bill Nershi with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Michael Franti with Keller Williams, Jeff Austin with New Monsoon and The String Cheese Incident with pretty much everybody, as SCI's (not-so) traditional "Rivertrance" gives way to a show-stopping BSC Allstar Ensemble pairing of Michael Franti's "Love Invincible" and The Grateful Dead classic, "Franklin's Tower." And as if that weren't enough, cross-pollinate band interviews, two "BIG Summer Sights" segments and a 13-minute "Umphrey's McCheese" hidden bonus track appropriately round out JamCam's fitting nod to this already legendary cross-country extravaganza. The BIG Summer Classic and all other JamCam Chronicles can be ordered at www.jamcamdvd.com.
Check out Umphrey's McGee w/Michael Kang, Keller Williams & Jeff Austin on "Black Water"
And check out the BIG Summer Classic Sights Here.
JamCam Chronicles BIG Summer Classic (Schaumburg, IL):
1. Umphrey's McGee - The Triple Wide
2. Umphrey's McGee - Black Water (w/Kang/Williams/Austin)
3. Keller Williams - Feels Good to be Alive
4. Keller Williams - Scarlet Begonias > Freakshow (w/Michael Franti)
5. BIG Summer Sights
6. New Monsoon - Mountain Air
7. New Monsoon - En Fuego (w/Jeff Austin)
8. Michael Franti - One Step Closer to You (w/Bill Nershi)
9. Michael Franti - Bomb the World
10. Yonder Mountain String Band - Things You're Selling
11. Yonder Mountain String Band - New Speedway Boogie > Freeborn Man (w/Bayliss/Williams)
12. More BIG Summer Sights
13. The String Cheese Incident - Rivertrance
14. The String Cheese Incident/BSC Ensemble - Love Invincible>Franklin's Tower
...and don't forget to look for the "Umphrey's McCheese" (not-so) hidden bonus track.