WILMINGTON — On Aug. 5 the South Bend, Indiana’s Umphrey’s McGee toured through Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and turned the intimacy of the 1,200-seat venue more into the vibe of a stadium rock show.
“A lot has to do with the quality of the musicianship and production value,” MoonFrog Media photographer Tom Dorgan said.
Formed in 1997 by three University of Notre Dame students — Brendan Bayliss, Joel Cummins, and Ryan Stasik — the band has grown throughout 20-plus years to also include Andy Farag, Jake Cinninger and Kris Myers. Umphrey’s McGee play a blend of sounds from funk-pop grooves to metal-rock riffs, blues-bending notes to reggae-bouncing percussion. They have recorded over a dozen studio albums and released over a dozen live albums to date (they were among some of the first on the jam-band scene to burn CDs live from shows immediately after the encore).
The set last Thursday came with a few covers and plenty of original tracks, as the band played through 17 songs. They also were touring with a new lighting director, Ben Factor. It’s part of the appeal of an Umphrey’s show: The effects illuminate the jam band’s electrifying sounds to greater heights.
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