Umphrey’s McGee, along with Big Something, bring their Wax On, Wax Off Tour to Taft Theatre (317 E 5th St. Cincinnati) this Friday Jan 18 and Saturday Jan 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m., both nights.

The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft.

A 6-piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It’s no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered Summer circuit stalwarts as Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

Ticket prices each night are $30, $32.50 or $39.50. Or you can purchase a 2-day ticket for only $55. Purchase your tickets today at ticketmaster.com.

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics.