Umphrey’s McGee fans hailing from all over the country made the trip to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina last weekend for the second annual Chucktown Ball and proved that a little bit of rain and a big venue change could not phase the unstoppable jam band. The show was moved last minute from Riverfront Park to The North Charleston Coliseum, and despite a bit of initial disappointment that the band was not going to get their chance to tear up the new outdoor venue, the energy was completely electric at the Coliseum and fans were treated to a pair of mind-blowing shows.
Friday night, following sets from Moon Taxi and Charleston’s own Dead 27s, the band dusted off the instrumental “There’s No Crying in Mexico” to get things started, which had not been played in 63 shows. Umphrey’s showed some of their tightest musical prowess of the weekend during the killer first set with “Kabump” into “Remind Me”, which was followed by an enthusiastically greeted Mark Ronson tune, “Daffodils”. The second set got fans moving with expertly extended jams out of “Jajunk”, “Much Obliged” and “August”, and was topped off with fan favorite “Hangover” segued into a cover of Prince’s “Controversy” finally back into “JaJunk”.
The vibe was soaring for Saturday’s show, as the crowd reunited at the Coliseum for the second night of face-melting rock. Umphrey’s kicked things off with short, sweet “October Rain” that essentially acted as an introduction for “Speak Up”. The unquestionable highlight of the first set was an almost 16-minute “Higgins” that was full of tight but spacey jams that left the whole room in awe. The band hit the ground running for the second set with one of their famed high energy mash-ups, “Life During Exodus” causing an epidemic of flailing limbs and loudly singing fans. This was followed by an extended “All In Time” which floated through space into “Prowler” before coming full circle back into “All in Time”. The two moments that stood out the most during a relentless second night were the short but red-hot Clash cover, ‘Rock The Casbah’ and at the very end of the show during the “Puppet String” encore, when Jake Cinninger and Ryan Stasik laid down on the stage and played horizontally before getting back up to shred a few more bars. This is rumored to have been an homage to a Beck show at Austin City Limits when he had his whole band lay down on stage after the set.
Setlist – Umphrey’s McGee – North Charleston Coliseum – 9.23.16:
Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Bright Lights, Big City, Cut the Cable, Kabump > Remind Me, Daffodils, Wife Soup, The Triple Wide
Set 2: Attachments, JaJunk > 40’s Theme, Much Obliged -> Miss Tinkle’s Overture, August, Hangover
Encore: Controversy > JaJunk
Setlist – Umphrey’s McGee – North Charleston Coliseum – 9.24.16:
Set 1: October Rain > Speak Up, Miami Virtue > Mad Love, Higgins, Preamble > Mantis, 2×2
Set 2: Life During Exodus, All in Time > Prowler > All in Time, Bad Friday, Rock the Casbah > Drums > Hurt Bird Bath
E: Puppet String