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

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    Umphrey's McGee at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA

    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?”

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    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.