Given its founding in South Bend and home base in Chicago, the five-piece jam band Umphrey's McGee is a regular visitor to Madison, with yearly performances around town. That frequency has been even higher recently -- last November's show at the Barrymore was followed by one at the even larger Orpheum Theater on Thursday, March 22.
Considering the group's open attitude toward fan recordings, it's no surprise that their performance of "Pay the Snucka," one of their older songs, was captured on video.
This live concert clip follows below.
Danny Napleton was one concert-goer who reported a good time at the show. He wrote:
I bought the ticket months ago with a friend who is a much bigger fan, but I'd liked what I heard and enjoy going to concerts, so it was a no-brainer. And, as expected, the show featured just as much the band as one of the native tribes of Madison, hippies. I've only been to one other show at the Orpheum, which was Yonder Mountain String Band in the fall, but I knew what to expect. I like jam bands and I am a big fan of hippies, but when the two meet in the Orpheum the whole is not equal to the sum of its parts, and I mean that in a less-than-impressive way. The concert turned out to be awesome (more rock than they normally do I guess?), even though people looked like they were about to pass out everywhere. For a band that has been touted as the next Phish, they lived up to the hype.