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Umphrey's McGee 2010-07-03 Red Rocks and Blue
Expectations were high as we traveled to the Mecca of music venues to see Umphrey's Mcgee perform their first headlining gig there. Any by all means...they delievered. After being treated to some great late afternoon vibes by The Wailers and Galactic, Umphrey's took the stage and opened with powerful Mantis > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis sandwich as fireworks blasted in the distance. Moving into an Ocean Billy with a funked out improv section, i felt that Umphrey's was giving a nod to their friends galactic as Jake and Brendan's searing guitar work was getting everyone to boogie down like there was no tomorrow. Being that Red Rocks is a larger venue, it also gave Jefferson Walful an opportunity to truly showcase his lighting skills. It is truly a sight to see that man take Umphrey's to a whole new level, and as we all know it is only going to keep getting better. Oher highlights of the show included an face-melting Wappy Sprayberry and a 1348 > Hajimemashite > 1348 that completly locked in a perma grin on my face that would not leave me til next morning. Closing their set with a fairly standard Mulche's, we could all feel a build-up coming as they segued back into an epic Mantis Ending. For the encore they broke out the dance party once again and The Triple Wide got things moving and then brought Galatic out for a Don't Stop Til you Get Enough/Crosstown Traffic mashup that truly showcase Brendan's secret falsetto. All in all Red Rocks and Blue was by far the best way to spend a 4th of July weekend. It satisfied all the hardcore fans, and made believers out of the new ones. Thank you Umphrey's, we will see you soon.
Sun 7/11/2010 7:34 AM
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