Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee has taken their New Year’s Run on the road for the second year in a row after 10 straight NYEs in their hometown. This year UM has setup camp at The Tabernacle in Atlanta for a four-night run. At last night’s show, UM dusted off Rocker – a beautiful song written about Brian “Rocker” Schultz, a close friend of the band who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident after one of those aforementioned UM New Year’s shows in Chicago.
[Photo by npalombo3]
Guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss broke out their acoustics for a segment of the first set that included Rocker and rarities Sweetness, Uncle Wally, Bad Poker and Water as well as the UM debut of Hey, Hey What Can I Do by Led Zeppelin. The second set saw the band tease fans by leading off with the Preamble to Mantis and instead of going straight into Mantis, UM threw a curve ball and delivered a Bright Lights, Big City sandwich that had a Cocaine (J.J. Cale) filling. Mantis eventually saw action as part of a massive triple-decker sandwich that ended the second set. Within Mantis was Domino Theory > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Domino Theory and Nemo > Kabump > Nemo as well as a version of Night Nurse that featured contributions from longtime UM collaborator Jeff Coffin (Flecktones, DMB) on sax. For the encore, the sextet had one more “song sandwich” in store as they debuted original Cut The Cable in full within In The Kitchen.
 with Brendan and Jake on acoustics for segue
 with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
 debut, Led Zeppelin; with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
 with Bright Lights, Big City teases
 with Jeff Coffin on saxophone
 debut in full, original
[via All Things Umphreys]
Here’s a look at the Rocker bust out from last night…
Umphrey’s returns to The Tabernacle tonight for the NYE Run finale.