The six-man progressive jam band Umphrey’s Mcgee kicked off a four-day venture down south last night with a lively show at The Fillmore Charlotte.
After releasing nine studio albums and eight live albums, Umphrey’s Mcgee has been playing together for almost two decades. Last night marked crew member Chris Mitchell’s 500th show working the soundboard, and to celebrate the honoree hand-picked the setlist.
From the rocking “Hindsight” that raged the opening set to the debut cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Showdown”, with familiar favorites “In The Kitchen” and “Puppet Strings” in between, there was no shortage of grungy metal segments, get-down funky moments or impromptu transitions that made for a rowdy ride of a show in the Fillmore. A noteworthy two sets were followed up by a fun “Bright Lights, Big City” and an original “Wizard Burial Ground” to encore.
Typically playing upwards of 100 shows per year, Umphrey’s cut back to 95 scheduled shows in 2015. The band will spend the next three nights in Florida, all of which can be watched via the Grand Slam Couch Tour while you wait to catch their late-night set at Lockn’!
The Fillmore Charlotte
Set I: Hindsight, In the Kitchen, Room to Breathe > Bad Friday, #5, White Man’s Moccasins, Puppet String
Set II: Higgins > Showdown > Higgins, Believe the Lie, Wizard Burial Ground > Night Nurse > Bridgeless
Enc: Bright Lights, Big City > Wizard Burial Ground
– Written by Meredith Warfield –