With a name like Mungion (pronounced mung-yin) it may be hard to take these guys seriously, but one thing is for sure, this band has some serious chops. Since their inception in Spring of 2015, the Chicago-based four-piece has quickly made a name for themselves as rising stars of the improvised music landscape. Composed of Justin Reckamp (guitar/vocals), Joe Re (keyboards/vocals), Sean Carolan (bass/vocals) and Matt Kellen (drums/vocals), the band is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational abilities, offering up a raucous and joyous sound that’s guaranteed to have you smiling ear-to-ear and leave you wanting more.
Beginning February 8th, Mungion embarks on their first headlining tour, which comes as triumphant news from a band that barely made it out of 2017 unscathed by misfortunes. Reckamp elaborates, "2017 was an absolute roller coaster for us! The highs were extremely high and we definitely had some lows." However, Mungion rode into 2018 on a high note by selling out every night of their first 3-night run at Chicago's Tonic Room over New Year's Eve weekend.
For their debut headlining tour, Mungion will begin in Kansas City, MO at Knuckleheads on February 8th, heading next to Little Rock, AR, Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA. Two stops in Alabama follow, with dates at Zydeco in Birmingham and at Auburn's Bourbon St. Bar, before the band heads to Atlanta, GA for a performance at Vinyl. The band will then play two night's at Asheville Music Hall in Ashville, NC for the official Umphrey's McGee afterparties before making their way up the coast to Washington D.C. and Brooklyn, NY for performance at Gypsy Sally's and the Knitting Factory, respectively. From there, Mungion will hit Allston, MA, Burlington, VT, Northampton, MA, Buffalo, NY, Grand Rapids, MI and Ferndale, MI with the tour concluding on March 2nd at Mousetrap in Indianapolis, IN. A list of full dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased now via the band's website.
Known for their whimsical songs, goofy stage antics and undeniably explosive improvisations, Mungion’s jubilance is a natural extension of its members. Underlying the band’s quirky nature is their virtuosic musical abilities. This inherent talent and playfulness embolden the group to be fearless in the studio and on stage, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted, refreshingly energetic and deeply sincere. With sonically rich and vibrant compositions, the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, 2016’s ‘Scary Blankets’, proves that the sky’s the limit for Mungion. Additionally, a new record is expected later this year.
MUNGION Tour Dates
2/8 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
2/9 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
2/10 - Jackson, MS - Martin's
2/11 - New Orleans, LA - Bacchus Bash
2/13 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
2/14 - Auburn, AL - Bourbon St. Bar
2/15 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
2/16 &17 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall *
2/20 - Washington, D.C. - Gypsy Sally's
2/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
2/22 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
2/23 - Burlington, VT - Nectar's
2/24 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
2/25 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works
2/27 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
2/28 - Ferndale, MI - Parliament Room @ Otus Supply
3/2 - Indianapolis, IN - Mousetrap
* official Umphrey's McGee afterparties