Yesterday marked the start of Umphrey’s McGee’s twentieth anniversary as a band, as twenty years ago yesterday Joel Cummins, Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik and drummer Mike Mirro first came together to perform “Dear Lord.”
The second set cover of Steely Dan’s “Hey 19” was dedicated to the band by Cummins and in the encore, they recreated the very song that they first played together, the instrumental “Dear Lord” that popped up in the middle of Raw Stewage cut and future it’s not us track “Remind Me.”
Additional highlights from the show include a few improv-heavy segments like the first set-closing “Syncopated Strangers” which included instrumental “End of the Road” before returning to the original song. The second set also kicked off with one of the band’s staple jam vehicles as “Der Bluten Kat” was paired with the familiar “Final Word” before returning to the song.
The band’s tour continues tonight in Madison, WI.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Set I: Tango Mike > Domino Theory, Example 1, Much Obliged > White Man’s Moccasins, Mad Love, Gone for Good, Syncopated Strangers > End of the Road > Syncopated Strangers
Set II: Der Bluten Kat > Final Word > Der Bluten Kat, Hey 19 > Smell the Mitten, Similar Skin, Miss Tinkle’s Overture
Enc: Remind Me > Dear Lord > Remind Me