Umphrey’s McGee makes sandwiches at the Taft

Umphrey’s McGee
Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 15, 2007

Umphrey’s McGee’s new disc Live at the Murat was released this week, but a month prior, they made a trip to Cincinnati for a two-night stand at a different theater.  They had previously played Bogart’s the last few visits to Cincinnati, so graduating to the Taft Theatre was a big deal, and to celebrate, the evening consisted of many musical ‘sandwiches.’  From "Plunger > Passing > Plunger," to "Der Bluten Kate > Ocean Billy > Der Bluten Kate," the show was filled with seamless rock from Umphreys. A highlight of the evening was the very dance-worthy ending of "JaJunk > Wife Soup > JaJunk."


The lyrical “Jimmy Stewart” in “Great American” also stands out, as it was the third lyrical version of the commonly instrumental jam in just as many days. Perhaps the most surprising song of the evening was a first time cover of Lionel Richie/The Commodores “Easy” with Nick Blasky of Ray’s Music Exchange. All in all, a great evening and a great way to get the audience ready for their then forth-coming live disc.

Set I: Professor Wormbog, Plunger > Passing > Plunger, JaJunk > Wife Soup > JaJunk, Great American > "Jimmy Stewart" > Great American, Black Water Set II: Der Bluten Kat > Ocean Billy > Der Bluten Kat, Easy, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Hangover, Got Your Milk (Right Here)  

Encore: The Bottom Half > Last Train Home > The Bottom Half