Umphrey’s McGee Teams With Turkuaz At Red Rocks

By Andy Kahn Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am PDT

Umphrey’s McGee held the middle show of a three-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Saturday’s concert began with an opening set by Turkuaz, whose colorful members later joined UM for several onstage collaborations.

“Unsung Hero” into “Andy’s Last Beer” started off Umphrey’s McGee’s first set Saturday night. They then paired together “Made To Measure” with “Crucial Taunt” and followed with “Half Delayed.” The band then landed on “Utopian Fir” that hinted at today’s special third set by incorporating a portion of Led Zeppelin’s “Fool In the Rain.” After “The Fuzz” and the instrumental uplifter “Glory,” the headliners welcomed the Turkuaz horn section made up of trumpeter Chris Brouwers and saxophonists Greg Sanderson and Josh Schwartz for “Coma Later.”

The horns stuck around as their band mates, vocalists Shira Elias and Sammi Garett, came out to close the set with a cover of “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Umphrey’s McGee had last played The Beatles classic on December 31, 2008, a gap of 1,088 shows. Guitarist Brendan Bayliss dedicated the song to “Jeff,” likely referencing his 30db band mate Jeff Austin, who recently suffered a medical emergency.


UM brought back the Turkuaz horns near the end of the second set, recruiting the guest musicians for “Example 1.” Garrett and Elias were again brought back out to join their horn-playing band mates for a set-closing cover, this time coming in the form of Umphrey’s McGee debut performance of Al Green’s “Take Me To The River.” An encore rendition of “Remind Me” punctuated Saturday’s show on the rocks.

Umphrey’s McGee plays Red Rocks again today, with a special third set planned with drummer Jason Bonham playing the music of Led Zeppelin. A live stream is available via TourGigs.

Take Me To The River Captured by Ronknows

Help From My Friends Captured by gingerannesjambands


Unsung Hero > Andy’s Last Beer Provided by TourGigs

Attachments > 2×2 Provided by TourGigs


Setlist (via All Things Umphrey’s)

Set One: Unsung Hero > Andy’s Last Beer, Made to Measure > Crucial Taunt, Half Delayed > Utopian Fir[1] > The Fuzz > Glory, Comma Later[2], With a Little Help from My Friends[3]

Set Two: Attachments > 2×2, Day Nurse > 40’s Theme, Example 1[2], Take Me To the River[4]

Encore: Remind Me


  • [1] with Fool In the Rain (Led Zeppelin) tease
  • [2] with Chris Brouwers on trumpet, and Greg Sanderson and Josh Schwartz on saxophones
  • [3] with Shira Elias and Sammi Garett on vocals, Brouwers on trumpet, and Sanderson and Schwartz on saxophones
  • [4] debut, Talking Heads (Al Green); with Elias and Garett on vocals, Brouwers on trumpet, and Sanderson and Schwartz on saxophones
  • last With a Little Help from My Friends 12.31.2008 (1,088 shows); played for Jeff

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