Today, Umphrey’s McGee released a band curated “best of” album, Back At The ‘Nac, compiled of material from the band’s recent four-night New Year’s run at Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle.Umphrey’s McGee notes that, “‘Back At The ‘Nac’ is a band curated ‘best of’ album recorded over 4 nights of the 2018 New Year’s Eve run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. BATN is over 3 1/2 hours of music featuring Antwaun Stanley, Jeff Coffin, and Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret Horns.”Back At The ‘Nac features noteworthy, exploratory renditions of “2×2”, “Blue Echo”, “Higgins”, “Slacker”, and “All In Time”, as well as many other choice cuts from the band’s recent jaunt in Atlanta.The album is available here for download, and can be streamed via nugs.net and UMLive respectively.In other Umphrey’s McGee related news, keyboardist Joel Cummins announced a rare solo show, set to take place on Sunday, February 24th at Chicago, IL’s Tonic Room. Cummins solo performance will feature special guest Jason Kearney.For more information and tickets, head to the event page here.
Australia’s first ever new-build ship reaches next milestone in constructionOvation of the Seas, Australia’s newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship which is being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has completed its conveyance. The conveyance is a unique process for ships built at Meyer Werft as the shipyard is situated inland along the banks of the River Ems and the ship must make the trip from Papenburg down the river backwards to get to the North Sea. The journey took 12 hours.At 346 meters long and 41 meters wide, this 167,800 gross ton ship is one of the largest ever to go through conveyance. Thousands of revellers from the surrounding local villages lined the 26 mile route along the river bank to watch and celebrate the ship’s journey.Ovation of the Seas will be officially launched in April 2016, when she departs Southampton, England for Tianjin (Beijing), China on a 52-day Global Odyssey, before commencing her Chinese season on 24 June 2016. On 30 November 2016, she will set sail on a 15-night Singapore to Sydney voyage via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart, repositioning to her new home down under for her maiden Australian season from December.The world’s most revolutionary cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas features a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a heart-pounding skydiving experience; North Star, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; the robotic Bionic Bar; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever.Guests also will enjoy a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian. Technology has also been amped up on Ovation of the Seas with high speed internet offering more bandwidth so guests can connect and stream as quickly as they would onshore, while the Royal iQ app makes keeping track of your onboard schedule simple with all bookings and cruise details stored and updated automatically. Ovation spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Royal CaribbeanSource = Royal Caribbean