Umphrey's McGee, Dweezil Zappa & Joe Russo's Almost Dead 7.2 & 7.3.16
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel (Opti Mystic Outlooks)
Saturday July 2, 2016:
Umphrey's McGee kicked off their set with "Glory," a staple of their 4th of July repertoire, though unexpected in the lead-off spot. From there the MidWest sextet eased into a set that left me satisfied, but underwhelmed. Much like a good Christian girl, they seemed to be saving themselves. When Dweezil joined the crew, he deftly maneuvered from within the "Utopian Fir" jam with "Dr. Feelgood" teases before the whole team covered "Muffin Man," to the delight of the musicians and crowd alike. The three guitar-slingers took turns wailing and watching, enjoying the surrounding talent and contributing just the right amount of insanity.
Brad's Night One Photo Gallery
Sunday July 3, 2016:
As Bayliss and friends made their way on stage, the energy already felt more charged. They opened with one of my favorites of their newer material, "Attachments." The energy continued through "Ka Bump," before hitting material I didn't know as well. Despite my ignorance, I felt the flow of the set was better executed. A pair of acoustic songs led to Zeppelin's "That's the Way," and I marveled at the song's beauty. As "Out of Order" took it's place in the set, I felt the band had finally landed in their own skin. Just in time for "All in Time" which closed the set like a Williams sisters doubles match.
The crowd carried the sentiment to the lots with a feeling of community and gratitude that was subtle and comfortable. What a way to celebrate America! From even before the opening "Glory" through the encore "Much Obliged" into "Join Together," the weekend was as American as freedom and hot dogs. UMerica!
Brad's Night Two Photo Gallery