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Music

Umphrey’s McGee keeps their fans guessing

Umphrey’s McGee is a big believer in crowd participation. But it goes a bit further than urging the audience to sing along from time to time.

The Chicago-based jam band has maintained a sense of upward mobility through 15 years of steady touring, in no small part aided by creative efforts to engage its fanbase in unusual ways. It’s one thing to take song requests via Twitter — it’s quite another to play an entire “choose your own adventure” set, in which audience members use their phones to vote for different choices on a song-by-song basis.

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