List: Eight Reasons To See Umphrey's McGee's Eighth Red Rocks Show


This Friday marks the eighth time Umphrey's McGee will take the stage at Red Rocks. It’s been a steady upward trajectory since their first appearance as part of the Big Summer Classic tour in 2005. Next they supported moe. (2006) and Gov’t Mule (2008) before their first headlining gig in 2010 and finally their first two-set show in 2011. With their near capacity outing last year, UM is now part of the annual Red Rocks schedule.

For their upcoming eighth performance at this legendary venue, we wanted to throw together a list of eight memorable moments from the previous shows. The list basically wrote itself as the band has really stepped it up since graduating to two sets. UM's Red Rocks setlists are always littered with top-notching improvisation, cover bustouts and nods to the all-time rock greats. Let's get started. Note: UM podcast curator Jon McLennand contributed to this post.

September 4, 2012
Ocean Billy

After a raucous first set, the band emerged with "Ocean Billy," a song whose dynamics fit in perfectly at Red Rocks. The eight-minute improv section is a patient Umphrey’s McGee, further proof that they’ve settled in nicely at Red Rocks, they can command the stage and execute flawlessly. Of course, you couldn’t possibly make it through a review of Umphrey’s McGee live without commenting on Jefferson Waful...the change at around 10:51 (with audible crowd reaction) is a nice example of him getting comfortable in the improv, too.

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