Umphrey’s McGee Kicking off our Mid-Summer Music Fix
This past Sunday Umphrey’s McGee kicked off the month of July at the famous Stone Pony Summer Stage, along with their opening act G-Love & Special Sauce. Despite the heat and biting flies, fans brought their excitement and UM brought another energy powered show. Asbury Park’s curfew rules restricted them to a single set performance, but this did not deter UM from packing a punch in their show.
They eased the crowd in with Tango Mike and shortly after, G-Love emerged to play harmonica on Women Wine and Song. Throughout the show, the crowd was able to enjoy a surreal sunset, lightning in the distance, and lights dancing above their heads as well as off the tall hotels standing background the stage.
Not uncommonly, UM played tribute to an artist that they greatly respect. Past shows have featured covers of Rolling Stones, Ted Nungent, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rage Against the Machine. The group told the crowd how the recently experienced Danzig – the group led by Misfits’ Glenn Danzig– at Bonnaroo. They described his set as “quite interesting and quite fucking rad”. Claiming, “everybody’s got a little room in their life for some metal, if you don’t you can meet me for some shots of Jameson later and we can talk about it.”
They followed up the conversation with the crowd by playing the NJ Metal Heroe’s, Mother. To add an extra twist, Umphrey’s drummer Kris Myer supplied lead vocals, while guitarist Jake Cinninger moved to the drums.
Even more eloquently said, Umphrey’s McGee thanked the crowd for such a great show despite the uncharacteristicly short set. With fifteen minutes left till the Asbury curfew hit, a handful of fans stuck around to be surprised by Kris Myer emerging back out to shake hands and sign autographs.