When you put together a list of venues where Umphrey’s McGee always delivers, you’d have to start with Higher Ground just outside of Burlington, VT. The Chicago-based sextet finished a three-night stand at the rock club on Saturday night that will go down among the best in their history. Whether they were kicking out a spirited dose of improvisation, welcoming one of their friends to the stage for a sit-in or dusting off a rarity, everything Umphrey’s touched over the six sets at Higher Ground turned to gold.
[Photo from 11/11 – Toronto by Tammy Wetzel]
As we mentioned last week, Thursday night started off with the first songlist show in years to fill a fan request. On Friday, the band shared the stage with a member of Phish for the first time when Mike Gordon took over bass duties from birthday boy Ryan Stasik for In The Kitchen.
Guest spots are always a crap shoot that have just as much chance of trainwrecking as of working out well. The Mike sit-in worked really well as Cactus came up with some inventive bass lines that kept the jam interesting throughout its 16 minutes. Other Friday highlights were a groovy Pay The Snucka opener and adventurous versions of Hangover and Higgins.
READ ON for more about the Burlington run and Tammy’s photos…
Incredible multi-camera shot videos of this past summer’s Phish shows at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO have been uploaded to YouTube at a fast and furious pace thanks to gdoucette78. So far he’s uploaded all of the third (8/1) and fourth shows (8/2) of the run and most of the second night (7/31). As someone who grades every video uploaded to YouTube for YEMblog, I can honestly say these could be the best fan-shot Phish videos of the year.
YouTube isn’t the most conducive website for watching multiple videos from the same show, so we put together playlists of each night in the order the shows were played to help that process. Check ’em out…
READ ON for playlists of the last two Phish shows @ Red Rocks…
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