On Saturday, Umphrey’s McGee returned to Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel for the third and final show of their weekend run. The six-piece rock outfit delivered two heavy-hitter sets, which featured a guest appearance from vocalist Kanika Moore.
Umphrey’s McGee opened up their first set with “40’s Theme” before immediately launching into a improv-heavy segue with “Preamble” > “Mantis” > “Cemetery Walk”. Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik, and Andy Farag locked into a tight rhythmic pocket, as Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger traded off smoking hot guitar solos. Next up was “Cemetery Walk II”, followed by a smoothly segued combination of “Deeper” > “Kabump”. Following a brief pause, Umphrey’s McGee hopped back into to “Mantis” to properly finish off the tune. The sextet invited up vocalist Kanika Moore to assist on a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, as the Brooklyn venue exploded with an uncontainable energy in the air. Moore performs with Ryan Stasik in his Doom Flamingo side project, who played an official after-party at the nearby Brooklyn Bowl following Umphrey’s two-set performance last night.
Umphrey’s McGee ft. Kanika Moore – “Kashmir”
[Video: Gregory Marcus]
Following a brief setbreak, Umphrey’s McGee came back out to open their second set with a massive “Hurt Bird Bath” sandwich, which featured an incomplete take on “Tomorrow Never Knows” tossed in the middle. “Half Delayed” off of 2018’s it’s not us, before moving forward with a jammed-out “Attachments” > “The Floor”. The highlight of the second set came next with a monstrous “Puppet String”, which featured teases of Pee Wee Ellis’ “The Chicken” and Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance”. Joel Cummins let it all hangout with some funky licks on the organ, before Jake Cinninger moved over to the keys with Umphrey’s moving into “The Triple Wide”. Umphrey’s McGee jumped back into “Puppet String” to bring their heater of a second set to a close. “Remind Me” served as the evening’s encore, with Bayliss taking the lead and flexing his vocals chops for the final time of the night.
Check out a gallery of photos from last night’s show courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci, as well as full-show audio below.
Umphrey’s McGee – 2/16/2019 (Full-Show Audio)
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Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/16/2019
Set One: 40’s Theme, Preamble > Mantis > Cemetery Walk, Cemetery Walk II, Deeper > Kabump, Mantis, Kashmir
Set Two: Hurt Bird Bath -> Tomorrow Never Knows > Hurt Bird Bath, Half Delayed, Attachments > The Floor, Puppet String > The Triple Wide > Puppet String
Encore: Remind Me
 with Kanika Moore on vocals
 with The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis) and The Safety Dance (Men Without Hats) teases
 with Jake on keys