Solid show. This was probably the first time I saw UM and left without really feeling the high that they normally give me, but it was not without its moments. The first set started off great with nice jams in Bottom Half and Higgins, but never really picked back up. Always nice to see Uncle Wally pop up, but the In The Kitchen and Push the Pig sit ins were very disappointing and never really took off. The second set was definitely a different story. I love Mantis, so that was a great start and Ocean Billy was strong with a nice -> into 2nd Self. The DBK/Zep segment was great with the exception of a bit of an awkward segue into the cover. The Triple Wide was above average and a nice set ender. The encore was also a bit standard, but a solid way to leave a show. Overall, the show was just a bit lacking. The band never really fully hit their stride I feel, but still a good time.
Can't say enough about how much I love this show. One of my favorite concert going experiences. Higher Ground is such a cool, tiny little venue, and the band was just on fire after two nights of throwing down. There was a loose, party-like atmosphere to the show, but the playing was very precise and focused. Great lyrical stew in Bottom Half, and an awesome Fuzz into N2F reprise were the highlights of Set 1. Where this show really took off for me was with Set 2 though. Cemetery Walk with horns and an ending coda was a revelation. It's still my favorite version. The MJ cover had the place getting down and they even jammed out the theme for a good while after the song proper. A peaking CW2 kept the energy up before a run through the classics Slacker and DBK. Then Baby Honey Sugar Darling just comes out of nowhere! Great bustout! Having the horns out for the last two songs added a lot and kept a great vibe up. Finally, when they began playing Baracuda I couldn't help but wonder how they'd pull off the vocals. Then right as they'd normally kick in, Jen Hartswick just flies out on the stage and belted it out. It was magical. Absolutely top notch show all around.
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This was a really great show. Getting to see a full on acoustic show is something that was a big treat for me. As much as the band shreds electrically, I've always been impressed with the beauty and subtlety of their acoustic style. This can be seen here in the great first set run of Water > Sweetness > Fearless. The cover selections were on point; Floyd, Blind Faith, Wings, Seger...can't beat that. Really enjoyed the Nemo jam, hearing a rare Never Cease, an energetic Peeps, and the debut of Ride On Pony. Great vibe and energy from the band (they were especially tipsy for much of the show for Kris' birthday) and excellent playing. A great view of a different side of UM.
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This was my first UM show. Looking back it may not have been the best I've seen but I can't help but remember how blown away I was by their playing. A 20+ minute HBB to start off was a great way to break me in. Not a ton of jams in the show, but everything was played very well and the GnR cover was a nice unexpected twist. The encore was certainly "uncommon", but had me leaving with a big smile on my face. Overall, it was a great way to be introduced to this band in the live setting for me.