Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Jennifer Hartswick At Red Rocks

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On Saturday night Umphrey’s McGee concluded a series of three shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado with the help of an old friend. The six-piece was joined by longtime collaborator Jennifer Hartswick for a cover debut to end their sixth and final set of the run.

Umphrey’s opened Saturday’s concert with the instrumental intro “Gurgle” and an extended “Dump City.” The career-spanning show continued with “Maybe Someday” off it’s not us and the return of the Jake Cinninger-sung “Women Wine & Song” for the first time since August 19, 2017. UM dug in to the classic “Example 1” next and then embarked on an adventurous “Rocker Part 2.” The penultimate set of the run concluded with the fourth-ever live version of it’s you favorite “Seasons” and a well-jammed “Ocean Billy.”

The evening’s biggest bust out began Saturday’s second set as Umphrey’s unearthed “Hindsight” after a gap of 78 shows. UM then kicked down one beloved fan-favorite jam vehicle after another. The next hour of the concert featured a funk-heavy “Wappy Sprayberry,” a fierce “Ringo,” the reggae-tinged “Utopian Fir” and a stellar “Slacker.” Next, Hartswick emerged to duet with Brendan Bayliss on the UM debut of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 one-hit wonder “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Jennifer’s 28th appearance with the band came over a year after she led the sextet on Rush’s “Red Barchetta” and the mashup “Electric Avenue To Hell” at Red Rocks on July 2, 2017.

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Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage after the guest spot to end the night with an “All In Time” encore. Next up for Umphrey’s is an appearance at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, New York on Saturday night.

Watch fan-shot footage of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” captured by Gregory Marcus:

Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Set One: Gurgle > Dump City, Maybe Someday, Women Wine and Song > Example 1, Rocker Part 2, Seasons, Ocean Billy

Set Two: Hindsight, Wappy Sprayberry > Ringo, Utopian Fir[1], Slacker, Total Eclipse of the Heart[2]

Encore: All In Time

  • [1] with Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith) tease
  • [2] debut, Bonnie Tyler; with Jen Hartswick on vocals and trumpet
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