Umphrey’s McGee at Penn’s Peak-January 22nd, 2017

Umphrey's McGee at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA Photo by Christopher Holland

Umphrey’s McGee

Penn’s Peak

Jim Thorpe, PA

January 22, 2017

Story by Christopher Snyder

Photos by Christopher Holland

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In the jam band world the phrase “never miss a Sunday show” has become popular over the years. This rang true when Umphrey’s McGee made their way to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA to perform on January 22nd, 2017.

Nestled in the northeastern mountains of Pennsylvania, Penn’s Peak has become one of the premier venues in the state. (Editor’s note: No kidding! Its website boasts that “Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian mountains.”) After twenty years of recording and relentless touring the group is on top of their game. Starting off the evening guitarists, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger showcased their acoustic guitar skills on the five numbers including a stellar rendition of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?”

Umphrey's McGee

Check out Kelly Drew’s review of last week’s Umphrey’s show in New Haven.

You could tell that the band was firing on all cylinders during the first set, especially on “Nothing Too Fancy” that segued smoothly into “Syncopated Strangers.” Percussionist, Andy Farag, along with his counterpart on the drumkit, Kris Myers, showed why together they complement each other so well as the Midwest group dug deep into their catalog with the early 2000s, “Dump City” to close out the first set.

“2×2” was a powerful way to start the second set and got the Umphrey’s McGee faithful excited for what was to come. Ryan Stasik’s smooth bass lines and Joel Cummins’ masterful keyboard at either end of the stage, “Resolution” was one of the many highlights of the night, featuring a tease of The Beatles’ number “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).” The ever-popular “All in Time” was the perfect way for the jam/rock sextet to finish off the evening. As the band emerged from side stage for the encore, they treated the Pennsylvania crowd to The Police’s “Miss Gradenko” straight into “Nothing Too Fancy.”

The first part of the second set available on pheelinfine1‘s YouTube channel:

With 20 years of performing, Sunday evening showed that Umphrey’s McGee is one of the top jam band in the circuit today.

 

Set 1:
Gone for Good
Where Is My Mind? (Pixies cover)
Great American
The Pequod with Great American reprise
Wappy Sprayberry
Believe the Lie
Nothing Too Fancy
Syncopated Strangers
Dump City

Set 2:
2 x 2 (into Syncopated Strangers reprise, back to 2 x 2)

August
Robot World
Resolution
Bad Poker
All in Time

Encore:
Miss Gradenko (The Police cover) (followed by ‘Nothing Too Fancy’ reprise)

The second part of the second set available on pheelinfine1‘s YouTube channel:

To see more of Christopher Holland’s photography, check out his gallery of photos on LMNR’s Facebook page.

Check out Kelly Drew’s review of last week’s Umphrey’s show in New Haven.

To submit a review or story for consideration hit us at lmnandr@gmail.com

Check out the Live Music News and Review.com Facebook page for updates and announcements.

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