The first night of Mayan
Holidaze in Puerto Morelos, Mexico was a rainy affair that saw most bands perform inside, but the weather
improved for Night Two as Umphrey's McGee and STS9 each played two
sets on the beach.
[Umphrey's Practice via Kevin Browning]
STS9 took the stage on the beach first for their initial performance of the festival.
Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic came out towards the end of the first set to add sax to
"Grow." The 9-song opening stanza also saw the band perform the title track off 2011's
When The Dust Settles and fan favorite "Moon Socket," while the second set came to
climax with "Inspire Strikes Back." Sound Tribe wrapped up their performance with a
"Breathe In" encore.
Umphrey's McGee delivered two sets on the beach starting around midnight. An improv-heavy
first set included takes on "1348," "Blue Echo" and "Resolution" as well as a set-closing
cover of "Eminence Front" by The Who. Set Two started off with "Nothing Too Fancy" and saw
the sextet work "Hajimemashite" into the middle of "In The Kitchen." Though Brendan
Bayliss had sung the tune in Spanish at a past Mexican performance, he stuck with the
English version last night. UM wrapped up the show with their "Exodus During Wartime"
mash-up and the conclusion of "Nothing Too Fancy," both of which featured "Carol Of The
Set One: Kamuy, Kaya, When The Dust Settles, Vibyl, Shock Doctrine, Crystal Instrument,
Grow (w/ Dominic Lalli), Moon Socket, Warrior
Set Two: MOD, Surreality > EB, Instantly, ...And Some Are Angels, EHM, Dance, Inspire
Encore: Breathe In
Set One: Le Blitz > 1348 > Blue Echo > Push The Pig, Room To Breathe, Resolution >
Set Two: Nothing Too Fancy > The Linear > Conduit, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > 1348, In
the Kitchen > Hajimemashite > In The Kitchen
Encore: Exodus During Wartime > Nothing Too Fancy