Umphrey’s McGee Live at Mars Music Hall — Huntsville, AL, on August 24th, 2023


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Jam Bands could be hit and miss for some casuals of the Rock scene. I’ll admit relying on the dexterity of the music, typically it will probably make me fall off the wagon, and never all the time in a optimistic means.

Umphrey’s McGee shouldn’t be a kind of bands. The various types that they incorporate into their music all the time make it enjoyable and fascinating. With a mix of Rock, Jazz, and Progressive parts with some Metallic right here and there, there is sufficient to go round to take pleasure in a night out and preserve one transferring.

This was the case this night time at Mars Music Corridor in Huntsville, Alabama. The Jam veterans are the one band on the invoice enjoying two separate units during which as a photographer this night time we have been allowed to shoot the entire first set. Very good of the band to permit us to do that.

The gang slowly fills the Corridor, and for a Thursday night time out, shouldn’t be dangerous. The band comes on stage and straight breaks into “Bathing Digits” with frontman and founder Brendan Bayliss blissfully getting the gang going for a really thrilling set 1. If in case you have seen the fellows reside earlier than, you realize the myriad of lights and the way a lot of an element they play of their units. Like different Jam bands of the previous, the ethereal expertise is a part of the attract of Jam Bands. The opposite is after all the superb music and eager improvisation.

Loved the interlacing of various band members enjoying the drums, as Jake Cinninger, Andy Farag, and Ben Atkind all performed drums in the course of the 1st set. The quilt of Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” was actually epic, and nice job within the refrain and a few very cool vox by Bayliss. The kaleidoscope of lights retains including to the manufacturing and really feel of the present general.

Set 2 has much more notables with “Staircase” and “Sales space Love” enjoying an element within the pristine efficiency. Oh however wait extra superior covers in Toto’s legendary “Africa” get chosen to be performed on this extremely Thursday jam celebration. Encore comes through “Shiny Lights and Large Metropolis” to finish the night time with a bang.

What a pleasant efficiency from a bunch of fellows who play their devices with excessive precision. The viewers had fun and the vibes have been all optimistic. Didn’t thoughts the prolonged tunes in any respect, the man’s types and the rigorously crafted setlist make issues fairly fascinating. For those who get an opportunity to catch them reside, it’s best to with out hesitation.

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