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Published: 2011/10/30

Umphrey’s McGee’s Many Mash-Ups

Last night, Umphrey’s McGee performed the second of two shows at Atlanta, GA’s The Tabernacle. The group has long embraced a tradition of offering mash-ups on Halloween both in terms of band members’ costumes and the music they produce. Since Umphrey’s will not perform on October 31 this year, the Chicago-based group treated last night’s gig as its special themed night.

As in past years, the six musicians took the stage in costumes with Brendan Bayliss as Keith Richard Simmons, Jake Cinninger as Dimebag Daryl Hall, Ryan Stasik as Karate Kid Rock, Joel Cummins as Vince Neil Armstrong, Andy Farag as Raggedy Andy Rooney and Kris Myers as Pamela Anderson Cooper.

The group opened the night with one of its “Jimmy Stewart” improvisational sequences which led into “40’s Theme” and then the game was afoot. A bit later, a sequence led from “Mulche’s Odyssey” into “The Haunt” into a “Jimmy Stewart” that included lyrics and then “Padgett’s Profile.” Following “The Floor,” the group offered its first musical mash-up of the evening, closing set one with “Addicted To Kiss,” which blended “Kiss” (Prince), ”Addicted to Love” (Robert Palmer) and “I Can’t Dance” (Genesis).

Second set opened with “Come As Your Kids,” a mash-up of “Kids” (MGMT), “Come As You Are” (Nirvana) and “You Spin Me Right Round” (Dead or Alive). The set later closed with a combo of the group’s own “Wellwishers,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eight Five” (Wings) and “Wishing Well” (Terrence Trent D’Arby).

Umphrey’s first encore was “Hajimemashite” before “In The Puppet Kitchen,” which focused on UM originals: “Puppet Strings” and “In The Kitchen.” The group then exited the stage only to return for a rare second encore, a version of its own “Nothing Too Fancy” with a bonus “Don’t Fear the Reaper” jam.

While not the mash-up fest of last night’s show, Friday’s Atlanta performance also featured some notable moments. During Umphrey’s second set, the band played its first full cover of AC/DC’s “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.” Later in the night, the members of Umphrey’s McGee continued their tradition of an early Halloween preview by debuting a mash-up of “No Woman No Cry” (Bob Marley) and “Let It Be” (The Beatles).

The group will perform at Asheville, NC’s Moogfest tonight.

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