Tough to classify Umphrey’s McGee these days. An easy tag is Jam Band due to their huge presence in festivals for over a decade but on closer inspection one would have to lean toward  at a progressive/jazz/funk tag as being much closer.  UM advertised their Madison show as 15 Years of Facemelting and they more than lived up to their claim. I am a fan of their new record, “Death By Stereo,” which I was very comfortable with prior to their show.  I began the show for the standard 3 songs in the pit which is always a trip because you get to chat with those lucky enough to garner a ride on the rail. Concentrating on getting shots in the limted time often takes you away from the music, but UM’s music was infectious and coupled with their lighting (which is without question in the top 5 of all big hitters touring)  I was memorized. I finished the evening walking the Orph on the main floor and the best view, the balcony.  


A fan approached me and asked if I was enjoying the show, of course I said “of course.” He then said …”what a great job you have working and being a part of the UM total experience…” I just smiled broadly and nodded~



Set One: Nipple Trix, 2nd Self , Puppet String , Preamble, Mantis, The Triple Wide,  Hajimemashite, All Night Long (Lionel Richie cover), Headphones & Snowcones, Resolution, Puppet String 

Set Two: JaJunk, Slacker, The LinearJaJunkConduit, Mantis, 40’s Theme, Hollywood Nights, (Bob Seger cover)



[box_light]Encore: Divisions, How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin cover),Divisions[/box_light]

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