Umphrey’s McGee & Conspirator, 9/20/12
Memphis was treated to a tremendous double-bill of guitar solos, bass thumps, and drum beats when Umphrey’s McGee and Conspirator came to town on Thursday, September 20.
For several hours, the large crowd at Minglewood Hall danced their night away, driven by two of the strongest bands touring today. On the one hand, there was Conspirator, the “side project” by the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner (keys) and Marc Brownstein (bass). The quartet opened the night in style, with a tremendous blend of rock and electronica.
But, the crowd was there for one thing – to get their collective faces melted by Umphrey’s McGee. UM did just that, from the get-go. From the opening notes of “Partyin’ Peeps,” the band had utter control of the room. There are few acts out there who are as diverse as Umphreys, a band who can shift from frenetic dance music to balls-to-the-wall rock, at times doing it in one song. They deliver every time out, and this fall stop was no different.
I: Partyin’ Peeps, #5> Much Obliged> Tribute to the Spinal Shaft, Loose Ends, Booth Love> JaJunk
II: The Floor> Bright Lights Big City, Nemo> Robot World> Nemo, Hangover> 2×2> Hangover> 2×2, FF> The Triple Wide
Encore: It’s So Easy, Nopener
At press time, there was neither a recording nor full setlist from Conspirator’s set. However, the band was on hand with UM in Nashville and that set can be downloaded HERE.