Charlotte SHOUT! is a celebration of art, music, and food, and a celebration was exactly what happened when Umphrey’s McGee took the stage on the SHOUT! stage Friday night at Romare-Bearden Park in Charlotte, NC.
Following the opening set by G-Love & Special Sauce, the sun was starting to set and Umphrey’s McGee took the stage. Those people who were lucky enough to be close would see R2D2 and Jabba the Hutt perched in with their stage set up.
It is not uncommon for Umphrey’s McGee to play two whole sets, and Friday night was no exception. For those who are not familiar with the band, Umphrey’s is a straight up jam band, and they are known for their improvisations during their sets, relying on hand signals and talk back mics on the stage. The jam session between songs are always different, making each Umphrey’s show a completely unique experience. Not only that, but they have an extensive catalog of songs, allowing them to play multiple nights in the same cities, while having completely different set lists every night. At this show, they did play more of their commonly known songs, likely to reach the festival crowd that may have been unfamiliar with the band. Based on the crowd’s reaction and the audible echoing back of lyrics, it’s safe to say that the crowd was pretty familiar with the band.
It is also a staple of theirs to split their songs up in order to do an improv jam session, or even skip the ending of a song, go straight into the next, and then play the ending of the previous song later in the set; a full-circle moment, if you will. This was done both in the first and the second set of Friday night’s show. It is quite impressive how the band seamlessly puts everything together, really displaying their talent and their comfort with knowing each other’s next moves. The concert was nothing short of a good time and everyone who attended was clearly soaking it all in, especially when it was in the middle of the city with sky scrapers and lit up buildings surrounding the stage, providing quite the unique backdrop.
To end the two set show, Umphrey’s McGee ended with a cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, which again, was echoed right back to them by the audience in attendance that night. For those who still had the energy to continue to jam into the night, Doom Flamingo, which feature’s Umphrey’s bassist, Ryan Stasik, performed an after party at The Visulite following the show.
See below for the full set list of Friday night’s show! (* “>” means that the song continued into the next) Set I Remind Me, Slacker, Nemo > Sociable Jimmy > Nemo, Roulette > Triple Wide, Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Set II Nothing Too Fancy > Partyin' Peeps, Bridgeless > Attachments, Wappy Sprayberry > Bridgeless, Glory > Nothing Too Fancy