It has been over 15 years since Umphrey’s McGee first played the Garden City and thankfully they have not stopped coming to perform here ever since. Each time they play, they bring a bigger and better production -something to be enjoyed by all their fans, new and old alike. I thought their set last year at The Major Rager was the best time I ever had seeing UM, that was until last night.
Before we delve into this incredible night at the Augusta Commons, let us first thank Friends With Benefits Productions (FWB) for their hospitality and allowing Concerthopper.com the opportunity to come cover this event. Located at the Augusta Common (home of The Major Rager) in downtown Augusta, the party began with the smooth sounds of special guest The Marcus King Band (MKB), the opening support.
The Marcus King Band is from right down the 85 interstate in Greenville, S.C. and they have been on fire ever since coming on the music scene back with the release of their debut, Soul Insight, in late 2015. There is something about mixing together some brass, an organ, and a Southern rock guitar virtuoso, that brings out some of the best soulful rock ‘n’ roll around. We were surprised to hear them cover The Allman Brothers song, “It’s Not My Cross to Bear” in memory of the recent loss of the great Gregg Allman. To hear Marcus carry that guitar solo and make magic with it was breathtaking. He is such a remarkable, guitar prodigy thanks to the help of Government Mule guitarist Warren Haynes.
Anytime you are at a festival or MKB comes near your town… do not miss the chance to witness this band before they blow up in popularity. And if you get lucky and can find Marcus walking around after performing, you will find he is one of the nicest guys and is always willing to share some time with his fans. Want to hear some of the Marcus King Band? Check out their official Soundcloud page and listen to their discography.
UM was set to perform 2 sets over the next four hours with a 30 minute break nestled in between. Well Umphrey’s came. Umphrey’s slayed. Umphrey’s jammed. And Umphrey’s left the stage ablaze from two unbelievable sets that ended with a debut cover of The Beatles classic, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”. You read that right, a never before heard song from UM was just debuted in Augusta and as a special treat thanks to UM, I have added a link below to the full audio of this show if you could not be there to listen.
Also make sure to listen to their cover of the Rolling Stones track, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” with special guest Marcus King on guitar. What a great cover of an already fantastic song by the Stones. Just goes to show how good Marcus is at playing guitar. UM always shows Augusta some love when they come to play here, and we thank them for it every time. Wish my whole crew was headed to Bonnaroo to catch UM’s late night Saturday set and their Sunday afternoon set. Have fun to everyone who is attending Bonnaroo this year!
As always, I wish FWB all the success in the world in your next few endeavors: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (06/15 – Evans, Ga.), The Major Rager: featuring Umphrey’s McGee and Moon Taxi (08/10/2017 The PGA Championship edition- Charlotte, N.C.), and Government Mule with Galatic (08/01/2017 – part of The Riverwalk Revival- Augusta, Ga.). Click on the links to find out more information about these upcoming FWB events and secure your tickets now.
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