Umphrey’s McGee, 2/22/09

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Umphrey’s McGee with Incognito Mosquito
Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, North Carolina
February 22, 2009

The last time Umphrey’s played the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC was February 2006.  Having moved across town to a slightly larger but much less laid back venue, and after a declining attendance across town, Umphreys finally came back to the venue to which they should have never left.  Highly anticipated return, the boys delivered.

Opener and local favorite Incognito Mosquito put on a high energy set on the "Other Side" stage.  Playing only four songs, the band was definitley getting everyone in the mood for the main act.

Umphrey’s came out on fire. Many said this was the best first set of Umphrey’s they had ever witnessed.  From the smoking opener, "Jazz Odyssey," through a rip-roaring "Jimmy Stewart" jam sesssion to a fun "Partyin’ Peeps," they were clearly on top of their game.

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And then there were the first set highlights, a first time played cover of Pink Floyd’s "Comfortably Numb" that had the crowd in ectasy, through an "In the Kitchen" sandwich, with "Prophecy Now" as the meat.

The second set was a bit more laid back and more about the experience and the light show, friends and fun.  The band scattered new material from their latest release, Mantis, including the title track itself.  All in all it was a great night of music and fun as Charlotte welcomed back one of its favorite rock bands to the Neighborhood.

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