Bela Fleck, Michael Travis Join Umphrey’s McGee in Boulder
Umphrey’s McGee got some help from a couple of special guests during last night’s show at the Boulder Theater. Bela Fleck joined the group toward the end of the first set, right after bassist Ryan Stasik treated fans to a solo rendition of “America The Beautiful.” The famed banjo player made took up his instrument for a take on The Beatles’ “Baby You’re A Rich Man” that sandwiched in the middle of the patriotic Umphrey’s original “Great American.”
The second guest of the evening was String Cheese Incident drummer Michael Travis, who sat in for a “Drums” that segued into “Phil’s Farm.” Other highlights from the show included a tease of the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” during “Utopian Fir,” and the band’s third-ever performance of “Mad Love,” a new track that does not appear on the band’s latest album, Similar Skin.
Umphrey’s McGee will continue their Colorado outing tonight when they take the stage at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores page
Friday, July 4, 2014, Umphrey’s McGee, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
Set I: Gurgle > Der Bluten Kat > Kabump > Der Bluten Kat, Booth Love, Hourglass, Professor Wormbog, America the Beautiful*, Great American^ ->Baby You’re A Rich Man^ > Great American^
Set II: Phil’s Farm > The Triple Wide > Drums** > Phil’s Farm**, The Linear > Utopian Fir > Prowler > Similar Skin, The Floor
Enc: Mad Love, Mulche’s Odyssey
Notes: (*) Ryan Stasik solo
(^) with Bela Fleck on banjo
(**) with Michael Travis on percussion