But before they do that, they'll play to the local crowd at The Empty Glass Friday night. And don't think this band will become strangers in the local scene - Withrow said you'll see the McGees around this summer, probably joining the lineup at Live on the Levee.
At its heart, the McGees plays original ska and punk music that has plenty of complexity thanks to those eight members.
Withrow plays lead guitar and is the lead singer, joined by Dittebrand. The band is rounded out by John Skaggs on trombone, Ross Anderson on drums, Chris Itson on tenor sax, Chris Woodall on trumpet, Bob Chapman on bass and Greg McGowan on guitar and vocals.
Withrow, at 26, is among the youngest, but all the band members are veterans.
"Most everybody in the band played middle school, high school and college," Withrow said. He, Anderson (who is his cousin), Bittebrand and Woodall used to play with the popular band 69 Fingers before forming the McGees.
While all of them have day jobs, Withrow said they've been fortunate to have the kinds of jobs that allow plenty of flexibility, and that's going to pay off when they hit the road for nearly a month.
"Everybody has made sure that they can do that," Withrow said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
- What: McGees
- When: 10 p.m. Friday
- Where: The Empty Glass
- Info: www.emptyglass.com