Umphrey’s McGee To Headline 3rd Annual Major Rager
With The Revivalists, Earphunk & TAUK

UM – “All Night Wrong” a special set of cover songs


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LMD Exclusive – George Claussen IV of Friends With Benefits Talks Major Rager & Umphrey’s

Last year you had Stasik, Myers and Bayliss of Umphrey’s play an after party with Jamie Shields of the New Deal at Sky City for an Omega Moos afterparty. Could you tell us a bit about your history of falling in love with Umphrey’s McGee as a fan and the subsequent experiences you’ve had with them through Friends with Benefits?

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George Claussen: 

Well Andrew that’s a good question. We’re very happy to have Umphrey’s back on board this year. They are a great band and have become very good friends of ours. We support them and they support us no matter what it is. It’s like family.  I’ve been in this business long enough to know bands and their make up. Umphreys Mcgee is one of the best all around bands I’ve ever worked with. From front to back they are a well oiled machine. It’s hard these days to see a band that cares as much as they do especially about their fans. They know and realize who they are and how they got there. It’s the fans and always will be. They are progressively getting bigger and better and have put in an ungodly amount of time and work to get to where they are. I’m just trying to ride the coat tails! Ha, We are so pumped to have them back headlining the event. It’s not just FWB show it’s just as much UM’s to us. Plus the All Night Wrong set is just icing on the cake.

Major Rager 2016 Announcement

Augusta, GA – November 30, 2015: Friends With Benefits Fund announces line-up for the 3rd Annual The Major Rager in Downtown Augusta, Georgia.

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Umphrey’s McGee, the powerhouse rock group who headlined the inaugural Major Rager, is set to return this April featuring “All Night Wrong” a special set of cover songs. You’re sure to recognize the songs, but the unique style with which these virtuosos play them combined with their one-of-a-kind light show is sure to amaze.

Another familiar name, The Revivalists out of New Orleans will once again showcase their high energy performance at the Augusta Common. Earphunk, also from New Orleans, will open the night and bring the funk to the home of James Brown.

After the show, Sky City will host TAUK, a New York improvisational rock fusion band. TAUK will feature “TAUKing McGee” a special set performed with members of Umphrey’s McGee in an intimate setting.

A portion of proceeds from The Major Rager will benefit Turn Back the Block, a faith-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize the Harrisburg neighborhood through the rehabilitation of existing housing stock and the promotion of home ownership therein.

Join us Masters Thursday, April 7 for the 3rd Annual Major Rager with Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, and Earphunk at the Augusta Common on Broad Street between 8th & 9th Street in Downtown Augusta, Georgia.

Tickets On Sale Friday Dec 4 at 10 AM EST: TheMajorRager.com

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