Spafford’s Red Johnson Joins Umphrey’s McGee In San Diego


Umphrey’s McGee wrapped a run of West Coast shows with a concert at The Observatory in San Diego Sunday night. Keyboardist Red Johnson of opening act Spafford joined the headliners to augment an UM original during their first of two sets .

Following Spafford’s set, Umphrey’s McGee took the stage and began their performance with “Bad Friday.” Later in the set Johnson emerged to join keyboardist Joel Cummins on UM’s “Example 1.” A conclusion of the “Mantis” started before the guest spot, “Draconian” and the first cover of Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” since last August closed out the first half.

The opening portion of “JaJunk” started the second set and segued into the original arrangement of “Cut The Cable.” After “Dump City,” guitarist Jake Cinninger led the group through a cover of Sturgill Simpson’s “Call To Arms,” which was last played at its debut on New Year’s Eve. “Slacker,” “Miami Virtue” > “Eat” and “1348” rounded out UM’s final set of their West Coast run. Guitarist Brendan Bayliss belted the classic “Hajimemashite” and the conclusion of “JaJunk” drew the encore and show to an end.

Watch “Bad Friday” from the TourGigs webcast below:

[1348 | Captured by Mark Kearns]

[Hajimemashite | Captured by Mark Kearns]


Umphrey’s McGee at The Observatory North Park

Set 1
  • Bad Friday
  • Walletsworth
  • Mantis Ghetts  
  • Mantis  
  • Example 1  
  • Draconian
  • Reelin' in the Years  
Set 2
  • JaJunk  
  • OG Cut the Cable  
  • Dump City
  • Call to Arms  
  • Slacker
  • Miami Virtue  
  • Eat
  • 1348
  • Hajimemashite  
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