Umphrey's McGee at the Fillmore

Photo: Tobin Voggesser

Umphrey's McGee at the Fillmore

With upwards of five to ten minute extensions into ideas, the band's path from the familiar sophomoric years to legend is clear. Although its not quite there yet, it's easy to see that its not going to be much of a stretch. It's obviously that these guys are all about the music when they're on stage. There are some groups that play shows catered to an audiences lack of musical knowledge, dumbing it down, so to speak. Album solos are copied beat by beat, line by line, so people can easily identify and digest. Umphrey's is not that band. The outfit is intelligent by design, and have created a solid and healthy standard for jam bands to come. A much needed resurgence of this genre is here. To say that the members of Umphrey's McGee merely provide a show for their fans is a criminal understatement. The group harnesses a forward and evocative energy while embracing its historical lineage, a combo not easily found but much sought after and definitely achieved.

-- Cicily Janus

Set List

Set One
Turn & Run, Intentions Clear
The Fussy Dutchman
Der Bluten Kat
Meeting In The Aisle
Der Bluten Kat
Cemetery Walk
Cemetery Walk II*

Set Two
Red Tape
Hurt Bird Bath
The Fuzz
Utopian Fir

Can't You Hear Me Knocking

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: I love Chicago. All things Chicago. Pizza and Blues Brothers aside, Umphrey's is the best thing to come out of that city in a long time.
Random Detail: The members of this outfit are community service gurus. They donate instruments, collect food for the needy and educate youngsters. How cool is that.
By the way: According to loyalists outside the entrance, the scantily-clad girls from their Ft. Collins crowd are aggressive. Be afraid.

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