Um-tastic Moments from Umphrey’s McGee Orlando HOB
There’s no question about it – every venue that progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee steps foot upon is never the same after the Indiana-based musicians shred their souls out in pristine execution. Which is precisely what transpired recently at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL. From the beginning of the first set to the encore of set two, the eclectic orchestra had the sweaty sea of UMphreaks entranced from their vast array of artistry; from Bayliss belting out soulful vocals to Jake strumming the crowd’s heartstrings, the boys didn’t miss a beat.
Locked and loaded with R2D2 and Yoda supervising on stage, it became imminent that Umph was not here to play around. (Check out the full photo gallery here!)
Classic rock songs such as Van Halen’s “Running with the Devil” were covered, showcasing how UM’s signature style can be seamlessly interwoven with timeless oldschool favorites for a fresh, progressive perspective. They have truly mastered the art of versatility as a band; transitioning with graceful ease from heavy, head-banging hitters to smooth blues and jazzy grooves, forever keeping their fans intrigued and mercilessly mesmerized. Complex melodies and raging guitar riffs intertwine with the curious keywork of the one-and-only Joel Cummins for a sound that is truly all it’s own, a sound perfected over the course of UM’s 20+ year history.
Umphrey’s is one of the few live acts that can have the crowd in both a headbanging frenzy and a musical meditation at the same time, as shown in this candid capture during the first set of the night.
The combination of their ridiculous light rig and consistently changing tempos makes every UM show one to remember. Fans boogied to tracks like “Dig a Pony” and the reggae-influenced “FF” during the first set, then moved onto funky favorites like “Bad Friday” and “Prowler” in set two.
Peep the full set list below: