Being my first Umphrey’s McGee show, I had high expectations walking up to the legendary Crystal Ballroom. What lay ahead of me was more than anyone could have expected for the two day Portland,OR run. Thursday night started off with high energy from the opening band, The Revivalists, who got intimate with the crowd and got everyone in high spirits.
Just coming to grips with the previous night’s show, I was surprised with a message from a friend telling me she had talked to Joel Cummins about an organization she had started called Moderagin’ Movement. A movement that Umphrey’s McGee has agreed to support as it promotes moderate lifestyle choices at shows. Being told it would be sold out, I had no other choice but to go for Round Two!
Finally calming down enough to handle some more UM, I come in just as Bright Lights, Big City [“Jimmy Stewart” with vocals] starts up and the roughly 2,000 person ballroom is bouncing more than anyone should think safe. With a completely different display of lights as the night before you can tell the rest of the night had a lot in store for the audience.
Check out the reviews of two nights of Golden Gate Wingmen featuring John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and Reed Mathis in Long Beach CA February 6 and 7 Night one: Check out the review of Long Beach night two here!