Umphreys McGee and Adrian Belew Travel The Acoustic Planet
The Acoustic Planet Tour is making its way down the coast, and the Atlanta stop holds a particular allure. Next Wednesday’s Chastain Park Amphitheater show will be the only one at which Bela Fleck & The Flecktones will be joined by both Adrian Belew and Umphrey’s McGee. There is rampant speculation about the possible guest appearances, as many are hoping that Belew joins UM and The Flecktones for a few songs. The party won’t end at Chastain though, as the venue’s strict 11pm curfew allows plenty of time for folks to get to Smith’s Olde Bar where Too High String Band will perform two sets, sandwiched around a 90 minute set from Mother Vinegar (slated to begin shortly before midnight). MoVin’s front man Karl Engelmann is a longtime Umphrey’s collaborator, and along with UM guitarist Jake Cinninger, is a cofounder of Ali Baba’s Tahini – so some guests may wander by Smith’s as well.
The AP Tour hits several Mid-Atlantic cities in the coming week, including a stop at the legendary Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia Sunday night. The Flecktones have been heavily featuring explorations on material from the recently released, The Hidden Land (Monday in Boston the quartet moved from ‘Subterfuge’ to The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’). They will be joined tonight in Danbury, Connecticut by fiddle virtuoso Natalie MacMaster and the iconic bluegrass outfit, The Del McCoury Band, although tomorrow nights show at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia has been cancelled. The final night of the Tour, which will feature Umphrey’s McGee and the soulful crooner, Marc Broussard and it will take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheater at Cary, North Carolina’s Regency Park August 18. Report by Rob Turner