Wow, what a beautiful weekend!
After what has been a stellar Friday and Saturday in Atlanta, Chicago’s Furious 7 took the stage (and light podium) for the final fist-pumping round. Umphrey’s McGee hit the ground running with “Rocker Part 2” and the close quarters in the pit teemed with excitement.
Singalong “No Diablo” lead us to a “Kabump” 😉 that seemed to perk up the whole crowd, featuring our friend, Jake Cinninger on lead guitar. The Tabernacle echoed with long, heavenly sustain.
“#5” allowed for a special treat, percussionist Andy Farag got to flex his muscles with a short, sweet solo.
“Utopian Fir” rounded out the first set with Rush’s “Spirit of the Radio” teased in one of the song’s mad methodical shifts from light to dark.
Jefferson Waful, by the way, was incredible. He colorfully crafted endlessly beautiful lightscapes, while never missing even the smallest of emotional cues.
The second set began with “Bright Lights, Big City,” a song that fished so strong the high intensity jam seemed to have no ceiling, climbing from the hotel lobby to the penthouse party. “Cemetery Walk” into “Cemetery Walk II” was intoxicating with tempo changes in all the right places.
I’m not sure what song it happened in, but at some point during the show, as if in a sudden instant unison, everyone on the floor crouched down along with the band as the music subsided, and then everyone slowly stood back up with the band as the music built to a climaxing peak. Check out these shots of that moment that The Sober Goat got from the back of the floor.
They brought the high heat for Led Zepplin’s “The Song Remains the Same” before moving into overdrive with “1348” > “In the Kitchen” > “Higgins” > “1348.” Check out our “1348” live streams!
Three solid nights of rock music came to a close with “Pay the Snucka,” a song that encourages bassist Ryan Stassik to take a shower. No shower in the world would do me justice after being sprayed three nights in a row with UMPH stank. Check out The Sober Goat’s quick Instagram of the end of “Pay the Snucka” from the top balcony!
See you in FLORIDA.
Check out the Umphrey’s McGee 2017 Setlist below, from allthingsumphreys.
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 1/15/17
Set 1: Rocker Part 2, No Diablo, Kabump > 2nd Self, #5, Cut Off, Utopian Fir
Set 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Cemetery Walk > Cemetery Walk II, The Song Remains the Same, 1348 > In The Kitchen > Higgins > 1348
Encore: Pay the Snucka
 with The Spirit of Radio (Rush) tease
Purchase via UMLive: 01.15.2017, The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
You can listen to the full show audio below, thanks to Dillon Fries.
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