On a beautiful summer night in Peoria, IL, Umphrey’s McGee played a fantastic Thursday NIGHT show to a crowd that was very eager to hear the band’s progressive rock sounds. The show had it all- a great opener in The Main Squeeze, huge jams in “Resolution” and “KaBump,” rarer tunes like “Kula” and “Eat,” the latter having an “Orfeo,” sandwiched inside. Without a doubt Umphreaks couldn’t have been be any happier with the show!The Main Squeeze started off the night with their funky and soulful tunes. Although the crowd was not quite as big as it would become when Umphrey’s would take the stage, there were still quite a large number of people that made it in time for the opener. The Main Squeeze played “Where Do We Go?,” and closed out their set with “Two Steps.”Umphrey’s wasted no time in continuing the good music. Instead of opening with a meandering Jazz Odyssey as they are prone to do, they came out firing with a very danceable “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash. To add to the uniqueness, guitarist Jake Cinninger started on keyboards with Joel Cummins. It was a great way to start the show.When they finished and Cinninger donned his guitar, it was time for the rock-n-roll, and they played “All in Time.” The first set also included the rarer instrumental “Eat,” which had a beautiful rendition of “Orfeo” inside. Keyboardist Joel Cummins really shined for the version, and percussionist Kris Myers accompanied him for the second part of the tune. The entire “Eat” segment was a real treat. The improvisational highlight of the show was in “Resolution” which soared to a blistering peak in the way that only Umphrey’s can do. They finished the set with the ending of “All in Time.”The second set began with “Der Bluten Kat” that featured another rare tune, “Kula,” inside. If one wasn’t sure that they were actually playing, “Kula” then one was assured after they went through it the second time. For both choruses, Cinninger counted the band off, “One, two, three, FOUR!” Fan favorites “Ringo” and “Triple Wide” were both excellently played, but the best part of the night came in “KaBump.” A song that is not well known to the casual UM fan, the quirky guitar part is very catchy and usually leads to improvisation. This version certainly did. It actually got quite reggae-esque, and the beat was nice and slow. But they built it up, slowly and powerfully, until the jam was full-blown rock-n-roll. With the music just oozing energy they made a very nice segue into the set closing “Make It Right.”The encore contained “Waiting Room” followed by a “Mulche’s Odyssey” to cap the concert. The only thing that would have made the show better would have been a sit-in from Main Squeeze vocalist Corey Frye. Fortunately, there will be two more chances for that to happen, and, even better, you can stream those two shows here. Rock on Umphrey’s.Check out the setlist below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s, as well as a full gallery from Ojeda Photography.Setlist: CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria, IL – 8/4/16Set 1: The Message > All In Time > Hourglass, Eat > Orfeo > Eat > In a Silent Way > Educated Guess, Push the Pig > Resolution > All In TimeSet 2: Der Bluten Kat > Kula > Der Bluten Kat, Ringo > The Triple Wide, Forks, Kabump > Make It RightEncore: Waiting Room, Mulche’s Odyssey with Jake on keys with Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) tease with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teasesSupport: The Main Squeeze Load remaining images
Muncie, In. — To train American workers for technology-based jobs, Ball State University will soon offer an online version of its highly regarded master’s in information and communication sciences.Beginning with the Spring semester, Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) will launch its online master of science in addition to its on-campus degree. On campus or online, the 38-credit-hour program that can be completed in as soon as 18 months.The program features innovative coursework, a flexible degree plan, and immersive learning opportunities. Students will have real-world issues to solve and projects to collaborate on while working professionals, alumni in the field, and a team of forward-thinking faculty and industry-leading partners.Dennis Trinkle, CICS director and director of the Applied Research Institute at Ball State, said expanding to an online platform will allow CICS to reach more students and fill the need for professionals in high-tech fields.The online master’s, like its on-campus counterpart, will help workers prepare for jobs in an ever changing workplace, he said, citing a McKinsey Global Institute report that projects automation could displace as many as 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030.“The McKinsey report also projects that many new jobs will be created by these new technologies,” he said. “The types of roles that will be most protected from the effects of automation involve managing people, high-level expertise, and unpredictable environments. These jobs will be at a high skill-level and require significant creativity, adaptability, and comfort with rapid change. Our program prepares students with the ability to think critically and to solve novel problems.”For more than 30 years, CICS has prepared students to creatively solve communication and information challenges in business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations using the latest technologies. The program provides students with both practical leadership experience and with technical understanding.“More importantly, we prepare our graduates to be creative, adaptable problem-solvers committed to their own perpetual learning and re-skilling,” Trinkle said. “To succeed in technology, you have to master the art of continuous learning and develop effective techniques for handling stress, change, and disruption. You need persistence, resilience, and confidence. This is the foundation that CICS helps its graduates to build.”Learn more by visiting the CICS website.