Umphrey’s McGee brought their tour to The Anthem in Washington, DC, last night and punctuated the first set with a guest spot from guitarist Larry Keel, marking the band’s first collaboration with the bluegrass musician.
The sit in came at the end of set one, when UM guitarist Brendan Bayliss introduced Keel after “Attachments,” saying that the group and Keel had “crossed paths many times over the years” but never had the opportunity to collaborate on stage. Keel then added his acoustic to “You & You Alone,” a cut from UM’s new album it’s not us, and a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” with Keel and Jake Cinninger trading solos throughout both tunes.
Set two kicked off with another new album track, “Half Delayed,” and included UM staples like “JaJunk” and “Puppet String” before the band closed out the show with an encore of it’s not us standout “Looks” into a return of “JaJunk.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along pro-shot video of the full show (including opening act Marcus King Band) courtesy of the band. Umphrey’s McGee open their weekend in Asheville, NC, tonight with the first of two shows at ExploreAsheville.com Arena.
The Anthem Washington, DC
Set I: Catshot > 40’s Theme, Puppet String > White Man’s Moccasins, Example 1, Attachments, You & You Alone*, Dear Prudence*
Set II: Half Delayed, JaJunk > Speak Up > Booth Love, Stinko’s Ascension, Turn & Run > Puppet String
Enc: Looks > JaJunk
*with Larry Keel