Dave Grippo, Jennifer Hartswick & VYO Join Umphrey’s McGee On This Date In 2006


Back on February 16, 2006 Umphrey’s McGee held a concert at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont. The show saw several memorable moments such as a number of special guests, a new song debut and the bust out of a rarely played original. For Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at UM’s performance from this date in 2006.

“Believe The Lie” opened the show in Burlington and was trailed by a rendition of “13 Days.” A subsequent take on “In The Kitchen” featured a funky breakdown during the song’s improvised segment. At that point in the set UM debuted the original “Morning Song” which was written and sung by guitarist Brendan Bayliss. Phish bassist Mike Gordon was in attendance at the Higher Ground but didn’t take the stage that night, he did witness a quartet from the Vermont Youth Orchestra sit-in with Umphrey’s on “Great American.” The first half drew to a close with “Nemo” and “JaJunk.”

Reprising events at Higher Ground from September 2005, saxophonist Dave “The Truth” Grippo and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick were guests of UM during the second set. Grippo got in on the action at the onset, sitting-in on a massive 30+ minute “Der Bluten Kat” opener that worked in elements of “Manteca” and “Cissy Strut.” JHa emerged after DBK to provide vocals on “Bullhead City” which at the time had been on the shelf since mid-2014. Guest-free renditions of King Crimson’s instrumental “Red,” as well as originals “Partyin’ Peeps,” “Push the Pig” and “All In Time” closed out the second set. “Robot World” kicked off the encore and segued into an lyricless interpretation of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”

Taper Andrew Berg captured the sounds on this date at Higher Ground in 2006, stream his recording below:

Setlist (via All Things Umphrey’s)

Set One: Believe The Lie, 13 Days, In The Kitchen, Morning Song[1], Great American[2], Nemo, JaJunk

Set Two: Der Bluten Kat[3], Bullhead City[4], Red, Partyin’ Peeps, Push the Pig, All In Time

Encore: Robot World > Norwegian Wood[5]


  • [1] debut, original
  • [2] with a quartet from the Vermont Youth Orchestra
  • [3] with Dave “The Truth” Grippo on saxophone; with Manteca (Gillespie, Pozo, and Fuller) and Cissy Strut (The Meters) teases
  • [4] with Jennifer Hartswick on vocals
  • [5] instrumental
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