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Umphreakin out in Chambana

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Posted by admin On May - 1 - 2008

Having just under 50 Umphrey’s McGee shows under my belt, I can safely say that there really isn’t such thing as a bad Umphrey’s concert. There may be some that have better sets than others, and maybe I won’t enjoy a guest, but it is never a bad show. Last night at the Canopy Club, however, was great.

I have to give Big Bri and Sam credit for deciding to stand in the center aisle of the balcony. It sounded great up there, and provided a great spot to watch the band in action. Not being able to watch Jake’s hands fly, I spent a lot of time being in awe of the drumming master that is Kris Meyers. I have come across plenty of people that do not like this band, but not a single one that knows anything about music can say that they aren’t incredible musicians.

Every time I haven’t seen them in a while, I spend the first song or two being reminded of why I love seeing them live. Opening with the relatively new song, “The Floor,” and going into “Tribute to Spinal Shaft” these sentiments were there. The first set ended with a monster “All in Time” sandwiched around another newer tune, “Rocker Pt. 2.”

The entire second set was on fire. Having already played one of my favorite Umphrey’s songs in the first set in “All in Time,” I was on cloud nine when they opened the second set with “40’s Theme.” Even “Atmosfarag,” which is often a bathroom song for me, was jammed out to perfection. I have often said that I think Umphrey’s is the best cover band ever. Keeping with the trend of covering The Beatles when I see them at the Canopy, they closed the second set with “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” It absolutely killed. It was great to hear a sold out crowd sing along for the whole song.

Bonus points to Big Bri for at least calling the album the encore would be off of, and many thanks for the ride down to Chambana. -A.S.

Photo courtesy of Brian Isenstein via Sam Staley’s camera.

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