Jam greats Umphrey’s McGee returned to Charleston, SC last night, playing the Chucktown Ball in the Southern city for the second straight year. UM started the Chucktown tradition as a series of benefit concerts in Charleston last year, after a hometown mass shooting stirred band members who live in the city. This year, the band took the Ball to the next level, bringing on special guest musicians in a larger venue, the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center.
UM brought on Moon Taxi to open the show, before coming out for their two set masterful performance. The band opened with “There’s No Crying in Mexico,” and segued sharply into “Bright Lights Big City.” The show featured a handful of surprises, including the return of the band’s new cover of “Daffodils” by Mark Ronson.
The band kept things loose in the second set, opening with “Attachments” before an unfinished “JaJunk” transitioned into “40’s Theme.” The classics continued with “Much Obliged” and “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” to keep the jams coming, and great versions of “August” and “Hangover” to close out the set. With time for just a little more music, the band returned and put down a fantastic version of Prince’s “Controversy.” The song debuted earlier this year, and has sounded tighter with each passing play. Finally, it was the finale of “JaJunk” that closed out the show. Thanks to taper NSL, you can listen to the full show below:
Umphrey’s will return to the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center tonight, September 24th, to close out the two-night Chucktown festivities. You can catch the live stream in the player below. Be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more!.
The full setlist from last night’s show can be seen below.
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, Charleston, SC – 9/23/16
Set One: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Bright Lights Big City, Cut The Cable, Kabump > Remind Me, Daffodils, Wife Soup, The Triple Wide
Set Two: Attachments, JaJunk > 40’s Theme, Much Obliged > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, August, Hangover
Encore: Controversy > JaJunk
[Photo by Dave DeCrescente on 2/2/16]