Reviews attached to November 14, 2009

mja271 October 18, 2012
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.

aregan3343 October 27, 2012
I cannot rave about this weekend enough! Maybe the best weekend of college I had. Three great shows in three nights. This show was a straight up rocking dance party. I love a good horn section and they brought it this night. Umphreys usually brings the party the when they come to higher ground, but something about this three night set was magically. The crowd was having fun and the band was particularly funny. get all three nights if you can!

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