I could not be happier about getting out last night to catch Umphrey's McGee at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. It'd been faaaar too long since my last Umphrey's show (Summer Camp 2007). And to be honest, they were only so-so that second night. Last night was pure ass-kicking. The first set was probably the best set I've ever seen the boys do. A great "Plunger," the best "JaJunk" I've ever seen, and a cover of what is probably my favorite Doobie Brothers' song, "Black Water."
The second seemed to be pure dance-party for a while, segueing into a kind of lame Lionel Ritchie cover "Easy," and closing big with "Hangover" and "Got Your Milk (Right Here)".
The crowd was on fire by the encore with a rarer "Last Train Home" sandwiched in between "The Bottom Half." Way better than the last show I saw at the Taft (moe. 2-3-07, really sucked it up)
Anyways, it was good to get out for a show. Definitely helps keep the sanity.
09/15/07 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
Set I: Professor Wormbog, Plunger> Passing> Plunger, JaJunk> Wife Soup> JaJunk, Great American1> Jimmy Stewart (w/ lyrics)1> Great American1, Black Water1
Set II: Der Bluten Kat> Ocean Billy> Der Bluten Kat, Easy2 3, Miss Tinkle's Overture, Hangover, Got Your Milk (Right Here)
Encore: The Bottom Half> Last Train Home4> The Bottom Half
1 Brendan and Jake on Acoustics
2 First Time Played (Lionel Ritchie / The Commodores)
3 Nick Blasky of Ray's Music Exchange (Vocals)
4 Last played 9/28/2006 (115 Shows)