Umphrey’s McGee hits the Electric Factory
The crowd throbbed on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, in Philadelphia to the thunder of Umphrey’s McGee. Heads were bouncing to the energy that sprang from their instruments. The band played a show that produced good vibes throughout the crowd. The both sets were masterfully crafted with very tight segues. There was wonderful consonance between all of the members of the band. Not only did they perform an awesome show, but they also gave tribute appropriate for the somber that day in the music world.
The band honored recently deceased pop star Whitney Houston. During the song “Ocean Billy” was a tease from Houston’s single “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. The song segued into “Glory” which incorporated a tease of “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton; a hit from the film The Bodyguard. They also appropriately covered Ween’s “Freedom of ‘76” for the first time in acknowledgement of their night in Philadelphia. The metal was seeping into the guitar playing with Megadeath teases and a cover of “Dr. Feelgood” by Motley Crue. For the encore, they brought out the heavy artillery by covering “Emience Front” by The Who in between a 1348 sandwich. The whole show was solid, but you could really feel the heat during the jam in “Resolution”. The band is playing very well and I am excited to see what the future holds for them.
Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2012
Set I: Jazz Odyssey > Ocean Billy ($) > Glory ($$), Conduit > Forks > Resolution > Morning Song > The Triple Wide > Dr. Feelgood > Ocean Billy
Set II: Nothing Too Fancy > The Linear > Nothing Too Fancy, Freedom of ’76 (*), Utopian Fir > Day Nurse > Utopian Fir, Rocker Part II > “Jimmy Stewart” > Rocker Part II, 40’s Theme
E: 1348 > Eminence Front > 1348
($) with I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston) tease
($$) with I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton) tease
(*) first time played, Ween