Umphrey's McGee at The Observatory North Park

It's All About The Music
(article and photos by Stephen Anderson)

MARCH 19, 2017
Unlike some bands that pander to the social needs of their audience (by going out into the crowd and taking selfies with the fans); Umphrey's McGee is all about the music.UM hardly interacts with the crowd but instead focuses on playing one incredibly crafted song after another. I was down on the floor during the concert and I didn't hear any idle chit chat going on during the show. Instead of treating UM like they were props in their social scene, the sold-out crowd gave their complete attention to the music. UM have some serious music fans. In fact, some fans were so into the music that they rented headphones that were directly linked to the soundboard so they could hear the live music in its purest form! On one of the rare times, I heard the band speak to the audience, lead singer and guitarist Brendan Bayliss mentioned the name "San Diego" while UM was playing a rousing cover of "Reeling in the Years" by Steely Dan! The crowd gave out a hoot at being recognized and then went back to cheering the music that they came to hear. UM went on to play over two hours of intricately woven polyrhythmic driving music that pulled the crowd higher and higher until I thought the roof was going to blow off the old theater! So, on this night it was all about the music and music won!

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May 20 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
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  May 25 Three Sisters Park  Chillicothe, IL
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