We have a lot of good audio and video to throw at you from last week, Furthur is back on the road for a major tour and Trey Anastasio is out on the road solo for the first time in over a year. Also Umphrey’s McGee seems to have worked their way into three different bands entries this week. Check out what’s below to see which band had a member sit-in with UM and which one took a veiled jab at either the band or the fans, or possibly neither.
[Thanks to j5brock for this week's photo]
Somewhat quietly, Zoe Ellis and Sunshine Garcia have been added to Furthur to help out in the vocals department. This rendition of this great slow Jerry tune sounds fantastic and most certainly benefits from their addition. Furthur plays tonight at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.
Dear Mr. Fantasy Video from the night before:
READ ON to stream the rest of this week’s selections…
I realize Jackie Greene shows up a lot in this column, but I keep finding new reasons to include him. Like this new cover (or at least a rare cover, I’ve never seen it on a setlist) just added to his repertoire. Jackie plays tonight at The Ark in Ann Arbor MI.
Short clip from a few days later, opening for Gov’t Mule:
If you haven’t listened to Perpetual Groove’s new album Heal, you are missing out. It really is a top-notch album, and this is one of the tracks from it. Also of note, guitarist Brock Butler sat in with Umphrey’s McGee last night for a cover of Paul Simon’s Graceland and a performance of an instrumental track off of Brock’s recent solo record Lately Here Though. PGroove plays tomorrow at Nashville’s Exit/Inn.
“It depends if you’re an Umphrey’s McGee fan or not, if you are, then you probably don’t really like our shows very much.” Fuck You Reid! Umphrey’s McGee fan here and one of my favorite things in the world is to see you perform solo.
Anyway, there’s some great banter here that Reid had prepared to use on a non-attentive audience. Turns out the crowd in Northampton was very respectful but Reid tried the material out on them anyway. I was there the next night when he very effectively told the same story and directed it directly at a pack of girls to my right. Reid plays with his band Assembly Of Dust this Friday at Brooklyn Bowl and will next perform a solo show at the Stone Church in Newmarket NH on February 27th.
Yesterday we made it as easy as possible for you to listen to the four new tunes Trey debuted live. Today, here is one of the old staples Mr. Completely, there’s some great start/stop action at the 8:30 mark. Trey and the band have today off and will roll into Philadelphia’s Electric Factory tomorrow for their third show of the tour.
And here’s some video from last night:
Umphrey’s McGee sold out The Tabernacle in Atlanta for the first time and they were really really psyched about it. Take note of the section of improv that connects this unfinished Wife Soup with the end of JaJunk. UM is off today but will hit Asheville, Charleston, Charlotte, and Baltimore in the next four days.
Video from UM’s blog The Floor: