Umphrey’s McGee put an exclamation point on the first ever two-night stand in the City of Angels last night, delivering two stellar sets that you’d have a hard time choosing a favorite from. After the heavy metal affair on Friday, Umphreys dove deep into their catalog on Saturday playing a who’s who of classics dating back to the beginning. Despite centering the first frame around UM staples like “Wappy Sprayberry”, the band kept it fresh for the LA crowd debuting a cover of Nat Dogg’s “I Got Love” and sandwiching it around 1998’s “Der Bluten Kat.” The set also contained a “Bridgeless” that we’ll certainly be seeking out once the downloads are available.

Umphrey's McGee 3.23.13 | Photo by Aaron Fortin
Umphrey’s McGee 3.23.13 | Photo by Aaron Fortin

For the second set, UM took their time with just five songs including a welcomed “Triple Wide” that slid back into “Divisions.” The band wrapped their two nights in LA with the encore staple of Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same” which you can view now thanks to our friend Faketaper.

Even if you aren’t accustomed to the band’s deep catalog, Umphrey’s McGee is attempting something new each night they take the stage, taking chances with thoughtful setlist selection. Add Lighting Director Jefferson Waful’s visuals and it’s a successful recipe whenever they come to town. Earlier in the night even one of the House of Blues waitstaff commented to a friend how impressed she was with the visuals on stage calling them a never-ending-painting. We couldn’t agree more.

Umphrey’s McGee wraps their West Coast portion of the tour at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, AZ tonight before a week off leading into more dates throughout April. Don’t miss them.

Umphrey's McGee 3.23.13 | Photo by Sarah Zanoff
Umphrey’s McGee 3.23.13 | Photo by Sarah Zanoff

Umphrey’s McGee – Night 2 – House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA 3/23/13

Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Bridgeless > Anchor Drops, Wappy Sprayberry > Bridgeless, Wife Soup, Der Bluten Kat > I Got Love[1] > Der Bluten Kat

Set 2: Mulche’s Odyssey, Divisions > Plunger > Hangover, The Triple Wide > Divisions

Encore: Andy’s Last Beer, The Song Remains the Same

[1] debut, Nate Dogg; with Clayton Halsey on vocals

(Setlist Via All Things Umphreys)

The soundboard is available now on LiveDownloads.