The Orange Peel
Asheville, North Carolina
March 1, 2007
Umphrey’s McGee recently embarked on a nationwide tour and made a pit stop at Asheville, North Carolina's The Orange Peel in support of their forth-coming double-disc album The Bottom Half. The album will consist of tracks recorded for their last release Safety in Numbers, as well as outtakes and alternate versions of songs.
The show itself kicked off like every show should – by simply rocking. “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” opened the the first set and would set the pace for the evening.
“The Haunt” was very eloquently performed, while keyboardist Joel Cummins stood out with an extraordinary solo in “Push the Pig” and an outstanding performance on “Pay the Snuka.”
Not many people play a drum kit like Kris Myers. He kept the band going all night long with his fills, accents and most importantly the HEAVY hitting of the drum skins. “2×2” contained a very pleasing guitar solo by Brendan Bayliss.
“Got Your Milk (Right Here)” featured Karl Engelmann (from the opening act, Mother Vinegar) on vocals. The second set closed with the completion of “Pay the Snuka.” that simply brought down the house.
The encore “Mullet (Over)” featured Derrick Johnson from Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on trombone. This was my first out of town experience to witness the rock show that is Umphrey’s McGee, and after their phenomenal performance I can tell you it will not be my last.
Set 1: Miss Tinkle’s Overture > “Jimmy Stewart” > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Syncopated Strangers, The Haunt > ”Jimmy Stewart” > Sweetness > 13 Days, Push the Pig, Padgett’s Profile
Set 2: Pay the Snucka > 2×2, Got Your Milk (Right Here)^, The Song Remains the Same, Smell the Mitten, Out of Order > Hajimemashite > jam^^ > Pay the Snucka
Encore: keyboard solo$ > Mullet (Over)$$
Notes: Mother Vinegar opened
* with Don’t Fear the Reaper and Roundabout teases
^ with Karl Engelmann (Mother Vinegar) on vocals
^^with Tommy Dennison (Mother Vinegar) replacing Brendan; Brendan returned to play percussion with Andy; with Jessica teases
$ just Joel on Moog
$$ with Derrick Johnson (Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band) on trombone
all photos by Jennifer Kirk