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In Photos: Umphrey’s McGee electrify and illuminate Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Umphrey’s McGee had fans pining for more after playing through 17 songs on Thursday, Aug. 5. (Port City Daily/Photo by Tom Dorgan, MoonFrog Media)

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.

Here’s what you missed.

Umphrey’s McGee recognizes the crowd as they station themselves at their instruments to burn through a 17-song set on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. (Port City Daily/Photo by Tom Dorgan, MoonFrog Media)

Set 1

Turn & Run > 2×2
The Linear > Cemetery Walk
Got Your Milk (Right Here)
White Man’s Moccasins
Cemetery Walk II

Set 2

Preamble > Mantis > Roctopus
Booth Love > Mantis
All In Time > The Bottom Half > All In Time

Encore: Life During Exodus

Click the picture to view the gallery of photos or scroll down. All images by Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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