Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Members Of The Marcus King Band At 2nd Of 2 In Kalamazoo

By Jeffrey Greenblatt Feb 4, 2018 10:55 am PST

On Saturday night Umphrey’s McGee closed out their Midwest swing with the second of two shows at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, MI. The prog-jam rockers continued to mine their catalog playing a handful of bust outs and inviting out two members of The Marcus King Band out to join them for Jimi Hendrix cover.

The night got underway with the pairing of “Nipple Trix,” which had been on the shelf since August of last year with setlist staple “Bridgeless.” The band looked to their latest release next offering up “Half Delayed” from it’s not us. After old-school favorite “Ringo,” UM dusted off “Rocker” playing the The Bottom Half track for the first time in two and a half year – a span of 133 shows.

The sextet next welcomed guitarist Marcus King and keyboardist DeShawn Alexander from The Marcus King Band to the stage as the augmented act served up a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Power Of Soul.” The song, which first appeared on Hendrix’s 1970 live album Band Of Gypsys hadn’t seen action since their appearance at The Peach Music Festival last summer. Umphrey’s closed out their first frame with the one-two punch of “Puppet String” > “Nothing Too Fancy,” with the latter completing their version from Friday night at Wings.

Umphrey’s kicked off their fourth set of the two-nighter with “All In Time.” Later in the set, UM delivered a jammed-out “Utopian Fir” that saw them drop in a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame” in the middle of it. The track from Bowie’s 1975 release Young Americans was played for the just the 13th time overall and first since last August. The band had one more surprise up their sleeve during their encore as they trotted out “Front Porch” for the first time in nearly 100 shows to bring things to a close.

Check out the full setlist below:

Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Set 1: Nipple Trix > Bridgeless, Half Delayed, Ringo, Rocker, Power of Soul[1], Puppet String > Nothing Too Fancy[2]

Set 2: All In Time, Whistle Kids, JaJunk > Puppet String, Utopian Fir > Fame > Utopian Fir, The Triple Wide > JaJunk

Encore: Front Porch

[1] with Marcus King and DeShawn Alexander, [2] completing the 02.02.2018 version

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