On Thursday night, Umphreys McGee offered up a special Halloween performance at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. The sextet honored the music of The Police, delivering six debut covers and a bust-out cover last played in 2010. Marc Brownstein’s Star Kitchen project handled the evening’s opening duties with special guest James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band).

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Clad in police costumes, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their first set with a debut cover of “Synchronicity II”, off of The Police’s 1983 Synchronicity album. The six-piece continued on with a pairing of “Bridgeless” and “Ocean Billy” before working through a debut of The Police’s “Reggatta de Blanc”. The band moved forward with a “Utopian Fir” sandwich, which saw an appropriate placing of “The Fuzz” in the middle. Following “Night Nurse”, Umphrey’s brought their first set to a close with The Police’s “Message in a Bottle”, last played by the band on August 12th, 2010, a gap of 931 shows.

Umphrey’s McGee – “Synchronicity II”

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Umphrey’s McGee – “Message in a Bottle”

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Following a brief setbreak, Umphrey’s reemerged and opened up their second set with “Dump City”, which was followed up by a debut of The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World”. “Draconian” was up next featuring a tease of Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Crazy Train” before the band segued into “Kula”. The next Police debut of the night came with “Can’t Stand You Losing” before UM launched into an explosive “Nothing Too Fancy”. The set came to a close with the debut of The Police’s “King of Pain” into “Bridgeless”. The band returned to deliver a two-song encore of the last Police debut of the night, ” Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, into “Hajimemashite”.

Umphrey’s McGee – “Spirits in the Material World”

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Umphrey’s McGee – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”

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Tonight, Friday, November 1st, Umphrey’s heads to Philadelphia, PA for a performance at The Fillmore. Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.

Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Anthem | Washington, D.C. | 10/31/2019

Set 1: Synchronicity II[1], Bridgeless > Ocean Billy, Reggatta de Blanc[1] > Utopian Fir > The Fuzz > Utopian Fir[2] > Night Nurse > Message in a Bottle

Set 2: Dump City, Spirits in the Material World[1], Draconian[3] > Kula, Can’t Stand Losing You[1], Nothing Too Fancy[2] > King of Pain[1] > Bridgeless

Encore: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic[1] -> Hajimemashite

[1] debut, The Police
[2] unfinished
[3] with Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) teases

Band was dressed as cops
last Message in a Bottle 08.12.2010 (931 shows)