Friday, January 20, 2012

Setlist & Other Stuff: Umphrey's McGee 11.20.12 Best Buy Theatre - Times Square, NYC

 photo via @umphreysmcgee

Set One: Jazz Odyssey > Booth Love, Rocker II, Conduit, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft, Passing, Utopian Fir

Set Two: 40's Theme, Der Bluten Kat > All Night Long > Der Bluten Kat, Linear > Ringo 

Encore: Divisions


Weekly Wrap-Up with Tela [1.20.12]


With the holidays behind us and a fresh year ahead, we’ve got a lot of news on the horizon to bring you up to speed from the last two weeks.

Umphrey's McGee had a killer show during Jam Cruise, and they're not slowing down at all by going full steam ahead starting this Friday and Saturday in NYC at Best Buy Theater. If you're heading to the city for the show, don't forget to look into after parties like Fundimensionals at Sullivan Hall or ShwizZ at The Bitter End to top the night off right. 

Then UM keeps it going across America with a super special late-night set February 2nd in Minneapolis, MN. For the first time ever, Umphrey's will be playing an all-cover set after their scheduled concert in the double venue, First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, and taking suggestions for songs from ticket holders as they enter. Billed as All Night Wrong, the band will actually be taking cover requests and votes from audience members at the special show starting at 11 pm. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased here

UM was announced in the second release of artists at Wakarusa 2012 alongside Pretty Lights, Primus, Girl Talk, and an acoustic trio of Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene. The third announcement, which came yesterday, included the Avett Brothers, Slightly Stoopid, Perpetual Groove, EOTO, Keller and much more. This festival is in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and is way worth the trip if you can make it down; tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Bob Weir, RatDog is getting back together for a performance at Weir's Tri Studios which will be webcast live for free at 5 pm PST, January 25th at The impressive line up for this performance will feature members from different points of RatDog's career, including Steve Kimock, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti, and Rob Wasserman, all who have never played together in this arrangement. The go-getting guitarist is also helping to re-open Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA, kicking off January 27th with a show from The Outlaws. When it closed 25 years ago, it was a major hub for local and visiting musicians to play together and now, with the help of Weir and others, the venue will reopen with a full restaurant and catering service featuring organic and local foods. 

Bobby’s keeping busy with all this plus the addition of Furthur to Wanee Music Festival 2012 in Live Oak, FL, which is also features Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Buddy Guy, Bruce Honrsby, and so much more amazing talent. For the closest thing to a genuine 1969 music vibe, this is definitely the place to be over 4.20 weekend, but if you can’t make it down to Florida, make it a point o hit up the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s Grateful Dead exhibit which will open April 12. “Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip” will be made up of donations by Owsley “Bear” Stanley, archivist Dick Latvala, Jerry and Bobby’s old guitars, one of Mickey’s custom kits, parts of the Wall of Sound, lyric manuscripts and so much more. Chicago’s landmark rock museum will also feature a little tiny section for us, the Deadheads, with items onloan from UC Santa Cruz, who will open their own Grateful Dead exhibit in the spring.

In the way of news from the Grateful Dead world, we’ve also got a new Dave’s Pick’s out this week. It’s volume 1 of the archival series and you can pick your own copy up here. A couple months ago, we told you about these releases coming up and now they’ve finally arrive, so starting with May 25th, 1977, let the new archivist Dave Lemieux take you on a grateful journey from start to finish. ’77 was an epic year for the band, and this collection will take the best from all of those epic tours into one lovely package for Deadheads’ collections.

Not much going on in the Phish world besides tour rumors. Mike Gordon did add one additional date in London after Jam in the Dam 6 in Amsterdam. He and the band will stop by The Borderline for one last European show before returning to the States, where hopefully he will be busy with Phish for the summertime. Lastly, stop by Hidden track to see an Op Ed I wrote about how the tradition of the encore has changed over the years, and check the OKP back posts by just a few days to read Part 1 and 2 of my Phish NYE Run review.

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