Umphrey’s McGee continued their debut run at Brooklyn Steel on Friday night, offering a few collaborations during their second of three shows at the NYC venue, including special guests from Snarky Puppy, TAUK and more.
The collaborations began at the end of set one last night, when Umphrey’s closed the frame with just their second-ever cover of INXS’ “What You Need” (the band debuted their version of the tune this past New Year’s Eve in Atlanta), which featured Snarky Puppy trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher and two members of the horn-fueled Brooklyn collective Huntertones, trombonist Chris Ott and saxophonist Dan White.
The guest spots kept rolling in set two when, after opening with “Plunger” into “Turn & Dub,” UM once again welcomed out the trio of horn players for a cover of Little Feat’s “Fat Man in the Bathtub” (another song debuted by the band on NYE) followed by their own “Bad Friday.” For the set-closing “August,” Umphrey’s brought out TAUK drummer Isaac Teel, who jumped on some auxiliary percussion with UM guitarist Jake Cinninger.
See the full setlist below, along with fan-shot video of the collaborative INXS and Little Feat covers from last night courtesy of Gregory Marcus. Umphrey’s McGee return to Brooklyn Steel this evening for round three.
Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
Set I: Maybe Someday > Push & Pull, Red Tape, Example 1 > Night Nurse > Little Gift, Wife Soup, What You Need*
Set II: Plunger > Turn & Dub, Fat Man in the Bathtub*, Bad Friday*, August^
Enc: Much Obliged^^ > Kula
*With Mike Maher on trumpet, Chris Ott on trombone, and Dan White on tenor saxophone
^with Human Nature (Michael Jackson) intro from Ryan; with Isaac Teel and Jake on percussion