Umphrey’s McGee Rocks Boston on Halloweekend

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This past halloweekend, Umphrey’s McGee played two mind-blowing shows at the House of Blues Boston. On Friday (10/31/14) they took the stage, to play in front of a sold out crowd dressed in costume as shown above after Boston-born band Dopapod warmed up the crowd for them with a collection of fun and funky jams. Umphrey’s McGee played two sets, both of which lasted about 2 hours and had a 30 minute break in between so that the band could rest. The set list for the show was as follows:

Set 1: 1348 > In The Kitchen, Ocean Billy > 1348, Hajimemashite > Mail Package, Bad Friday, Educated Guess, Walk This Sweet Funk Emotion*

Set 2: The Triple Wide > Tiny Cities Made of Ashes > The Triple Wide, Give It To Mama Jama*, All In Time > Glory > Ocean Billy, Nothing Too Fancy > All In Time, Puppet String, National Loser Anthem, Tonight*

Encore: Lenny, Strangletage*

The band played a perfect mixture of old and new tracks alike, as well as covers, that all flowed seamlessly into one another and encouraged the crowd to never stop dancing. They even debuted some new mash-ups, which had never before been performed live (marked by *).

The second night of UMPH, Saturday (11/1/14), was a special treat because they opened and closed the 3 hour show without any accompanying acts and they brought it. The set list for the show was as follows:

Set 1: Bathing Digits > Cut the Cable, The Floor, Go to Hell, Higgins, Slacker, Women Wine and Song, August

Set 2: Bridgeless > Den > Bridgeless, End of the Road, 40’s Theme, Kashmir, Pay the Snucka

Encore: Release > The Fussy Dutchman > Gulf Stream

The crowd went into an absolute frenzy when the band played heavier songs such as Bridgeless from their 2014 release Similar Skin. Everyone was headbanging, screaming and cheering on the band that even they were shocked at the amazing feedback. While the crowd had fun and jammed out to all of the slower, funky jams, they clearly loved rocking out.

Umphrey’s McGee is a band that will never disappoint, with each set being completely different from another. Their repertoire is vast and musicianship is on another level, making each show incredible. If you have a chance to check them out while their still on tour, I highly recommend it! Check out the rest of their tour dates here.

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