Umphrey’s McGee proved yet again that they are one of the most concise and consistent bands playing live. Saturday’s show at the Fox Theater Oakland further demonstrated the technical prowess that has launched these guys from a bar band to a contending headliner across America, popular in almost every demographic.
A recorded intro welcomed the six members before launching head first into a relatively new song by the name of “Depth Charge”. “2×2” was nicely welcomed by this writer who has been seeing this band for well over a decade, as it is one they have been playing for quite some time. The guitar work of Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinniger has always been a spotlight for the band as they play so well together and push the progressive boundaries of rock guitar.
“Nemo” demonstrated their ability to showcase their talent on acoustic guitars, which was a refreshing surprise on a fan-favorite track. The longtime party anthem that is “Pay the Snuck” would end a well-received set full of funk jams and note-slaying prog-rock.
The second set opened with the Anchor Drops track “In the Kitchen” before heading into the West Coast premier of Tool’s epic “Forty Six & 2” off of Ænima. The heaviness of Tool was very well transcribed by the band as drummer Kris Myers belted out his best Maynard impression. More favorites like “The Triple Wide” kept fans moving throughout the set before culminating with the Paul McCartney classic “Live and Let Die.” Songs like this allow percussionist Andy Farag to crash his way through his extensive array of percussive instruments. Umphrey’s has few boundaries as a band, and though they may lack a little of the creative chances, they still enthrall all levels of music fans, some at die-hard status.
Set 1: Depth Charge, Plunger, 2×2, Padgett’s Profile, Conduit, Plunger, 1348, Nemo, Hey, Hey What Can I Do, Nemo, Pay the Snucka
Set 2: In the Kitchen, Forty Six & 2, The Triple Wide, Puppet String, Dump City, Hajimemashite, Puppet String, Live and Let Die
Encore: All In Time
 with Rapper’s Delight (The Sugarhill Gang) teases
 with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
 with How Many More Times? (Led Zeppelin) teases