Umphrey’s McGee Plays Boston On This Date In 2001

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Umphrey’s McGee played the Boston area for the second time on this date in 2001, when they brought a tour of Northeast to the House Of Blues. The concert came just two days after the terrible events of 9/11 and the band provided a much-needed distraction for live music fans. For this week’s Full Show Friday, stream a crispy soundboard matrix recording of the show below.

The sextet was in Ithaca on September 11, 2001 and their discussion about whether to go ahead with a show at The Haunt that night, which they did, was captured on tape. Just two nights later UM took the stage in Boston and used a jam to lead into “The Fuzz.” Next up was the instrumental “Mullet (Over),” a song written by the group’s keyboardist Joel Cummins. A cover of The Police’s “Walking On The Moon” then gave way to a “Drums” segment featuring original UM drummer Mike Mirro and percussionist Andy Farag. Newest member, guitarist Jake Cinninger, shined on the “Tribute To The Spinal Shaft” that followed before the band worked his “Space Funk Booty” into “Andy’s Last Beer.” A pairing of “Blue Echo” and “Roulette” and a cover of John Scofield’s “A Go Go” ended the first set.

Umphrey’s kicked off their second set on September 13, 2001 with a run of the instrumental “Get In The Van” and three songs that are now extremely rare but were staples at the time: “Last Man Swerving,” “Get Down” (a War cover) and “Kat’s Tune.” The latter led into “Syncopated Strangers.” Next up was “Padgett’s Profile,” a tune Cinninger brought to UM from his old band, Ali Baba’s Tahini and the complex composition “White Man’s Moccasins.” Then, guitarist Brendan Bayliss had a chance to shine on “August” before the sextet closed out the frame with “Professor Wormbog.” Fans chanted “U.S.A.” before the band started the encore and bassist Ryan Stasik responded with teases of “America The Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A cover of Chick Corea’s “Señor Mouse” brought Umphrey’s McGee’s Boston debut to a close.

Listen to UM’s concert in Boston from this date in 2001 taped by Kevin Browning:

Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Set One: Intro > The Fuzz, Mullet (Over), Walking On The Moon > Drums, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Andy’s Last Beer > Space Funk Booty > Andy’s Last Beer, Blue Echo > Roulette, A Go Go

Set Two: All In Time, Get In The Van, Last Man Swerving, Get Down > Kat’s Tune > Syncopated Strangers, Padgett’s Profile, White Man’s Moccasins, August > Professor Wormbog

Encore: Señor Mouse

Tour Dates for Umphrey’s McGee

  • Dec
    27
  • Dec
    28
  • Dec
    30
  • Dec
    31
  • Jan
    17
  • Jan
    18
  • Jan
    19
  • Jan
    23
  • Jan
    24
  • Jan
    25
  • Jan
    29
  • Jan
    30
  • Jan
    31
  • Feb
    1
  • Feb
    12
    Graceland
  • Feb
    13
  • Feb
    14
  • Feb
    15
  • Feb
    26
  • Feb
    27
  • Feb
    28
  • Feb
    29
  • Mar
    12
  • Mar
    13
    The Wiltern
  • Mar
    14
  • Mar
    15
  • Mar
    20
  • Mar
    21
  • Mar
    22
  • Apr
    2
    The Truman KC
  • Apr
    3
    The Pageant
  • Apr
    4
    The Pageant
  • Apr
    5
  • Apr
    16
  • Apr
    17
  • Apr
    18
  • Apr
    19
  • Apr
    24
  • Apr
    25
  • Jul
    2
    The Peach Music Festival
    OysterheadJoe Russo’s Almost DeadThe String Cheese Incident