Umphrey’s McGee Honors Original Drummer Mike Mirro At Penn’s Peak

Earlier this month, Umphrey’s McGee celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first public show under the UM moniker with a Sunday night concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. One man missing from the celebration was original drummer Mike Mirro, who was a crucial part of the band’s early sound. Mirro departed the group in late 2002 and tragically died on January 30, 2014. One week after the 20th anniversary performance, UM took the tour to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania; where the band honored Mirro with their encore.

Umphrey’s McGee opened with the beloved “Words,” a highlight of 2006’s Safety In Numbers that only gets played around three times a year these days. An expansive “Hurt Bird Bath” came next ahead of “Cut The Cable” and a segment that saw Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss utilize acoustics for it’s not us ballad “You & You Alone” and the instrumental “End Of The Road.” From there, UM took “Sociable Jimmy” for a ride that included a jam on Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’.” Another rarity, “Space Funk Booty” led into “40’s Theme” as the pairing of songs originally debuted by Cinninger’s Ali Baba’s Tahini closed out the frame.

The six-piece worked more recent material into the start of Sunday’s second set. Well-jammed versions of “Remind Me” and “Red Tape” were broken up by “Final Word.” UM then presented their third-ever cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” Another somewhat recent debut, “Cut Off,” was followed by “Mulche’s Odyssey” to end the second set. Bassist Ryan Stasik took to the mic at the start of the encore to show love for Mike Mirro, as we approach the fourth anniversary of his passing. Stasik talked about how he and Mikey from 1995 – 2002 would often watch VHS videos featuring live performances from John Scofield, Dennis Chambers, Gary Grainger and Jim Beard. With that, Umphrey’s dusted off John Scofield’s “Wabash” for the first time since March 26, 2005 – a span of 1,445 shows in honor of Mirro. The band then said farewell with one of their oldest songs, “Much Obliged.”

Listen to last night’s encore taped by Nick Blockus:

Setlist (via The Bort)

Set One: Words, Hurt Bird Bath, Cut The Cable, You and You Alone[1], End of the Road[1], Sociable Jimmy [2] > Space Funk Booty, 40s Theme

Set Two: Remind Me, Final Word > Red Tape, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Cut Off, Mulche’s Odyssey

Encore: Wabash > Much Obliged

  • [1] Acoustics
  • [2] I Keep Forgettin’ jam