Andrew Tosh Joins Umphrey’s, The Biscuits Cover U2 and The Duo Expands in the Caribbean
Caribbean Holidaze wrapped up over the weekend and as one can imagine, there were numerous guest appearances by the participating musicians. The groups built up to this, initially offering the tropical audiences a taste of their unadulterated sounds. For instance the Disco Biscuits performed as a quartet on day one, however by day three drew in Jake Cinninger (‘Spaga’ > ‘Mindless Dribble’), Joel Cummins (‘Run Like Hell’), Marco Benevento (‘Mulberry’s Dream’) and the tandem of Tom Hamilton and Joe Russo (‘Jigsaw Earth,’ ‘D’yer Mak’er’ and ‘Confrontation’). The Biscuits’ prior performance also proved as notable as it featured a debut cover of U2’s ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ with Hamilton on vocals.
Similarly, Umphrey’s McGee kept the stage to itself for its opening single-set performance. However during its next show it tapped Jamaican native Andrew Tosh to sing lead on ‘You Can’t Blame the Youth’ and ‘Equal Rights,’ before inviting him back on the final night for ‘Legalize It.’ Jennifer Hartswick also joined in for the band’s second performance, lending vocals to a cover of Rufus’s ‘You Got The Love.’ In addition, Keller Williams participated in the final gig during a run from ‘JaJunk’ into ‘Partyin’ Peeps.’
Marco Benevento and Joe Russo offered up some classic Duo action and later drew in some guest players as well. Tom Hamilton sat in for a number of songs including Bob Dylan’s ‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’ as well as ‘Powder’ and ‘Hey Hey Hey Song.’ In addition, the Disco Biscuits’ Jon Gutwillig later joined the pair for a late night jam. Moreover, Russo became part of another duo when he performed an American Babies set with Hamilton, which included Hamilton’s original songs as well as two Simon and Garfunkel covers: ‘The Boxer’ and ‘America.’