Umphrey’s McGee & Conspirator, 10/17/12
Some will recall the 5 days of DUMB. It was in 2007, and over the course of five nights, Umphrey’s McGee and the Disco Biscuits stopped in five cities (Charlottesville, Portsmouth, Raleigh, Atlanta and Pompano Beach). The idea immediately caught fire, and not just because of its catchy acronym that blended both of the bands’ names.
The reality was that there was nothing dumb about it. Rather, in a time when there was still a mild scramble for good seats at a table that was without Phish and Trey had gigged his “last show for awhile,” courtesy of Whitehall, NY, and the fact that String Cheese was calling it quits, scheduled to grind things to a halt a month after DUMB by sailing through favorite towns like Berkeley and ultimately, the “Last Incident, ” at at Red Rocks, the co-headlining tour was demonstrative of the very essence of savvy. (Sidenote: The Biscuits opened SCI’s first night in Berkeley)
Both bands were in similar places, to the point that they both found themselves on some very unique ’07 bills together, including beginning the year together aboard Jam Cruise 5 and eventually beginning to wind things down with the inaugural Caribbean Holidaze. They were über strong in multiple markets independently. Collectively, they were a behemoth in them all. In the rare event when a nudge was need in a particular spot where rungs were still being climbed, they would recruit a local hero to fill in any gaps that could occur in a slated venue. (See: Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta when PGroove played the indoor “aftershow,” exclusive to those that caught the outdoor DUMB festivities.
Fast forward to today, half a decade later. Umphrey’s are a giant in every city that their much more badass tour bus arrives. Meanwhile, the Biscuits blew up so hard that they are now the band with their future somewhat in question, sans Camp Bisco and special occasions (see NYE 2012). This quandary and incessant hunger for the Philly pioneers has resulted in Conspirator (the Bisco brainchild of bassist Marc Brownstein and electronic keyboard genius, Aron Magner), a project that once donned the label “side” turned constant road warrior aboard a rolling recording studio.
The correlations are strong. Too strong to not mention apparently. But the main point of all of the aforementioned is to simply say that, just as we read about in Memphis last month, when these fellas all get together, something uniquely special happens.
Now, let’s check out the scene in Port Chester, site of Umphrey’s Fall Tour opener, courtesy of the always stellar photography of Vernon Webb.
 with Entrance of the Gladiators (Julius Fučík) tease
 with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teases
 with The Pequod tease
Click HERE to download the mixed soundboard recording of this show (UM only)
At press time there wasn’t an UM audience source available nor was there a completed setlist or any download source for Conspirator’s set.
Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Vernon Webb…
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