Memphis in May
Sunday, May 4, 2008
You can always count on Beale Street Festival for some big-name performers along with a good selection of quality, talented acts that are not-so-mainstream. This year was no exception, with Santana, The Roots, Black Crowes, Lou Reed, Buddy Guy, Matisyahu, John Butler Trio, My Chemical Romance, and Aretha Franklin, among dozens of others.
However, due to our severe time constraints, these were not the bands we came to see. We could only make it for Sunday afternoon, which worked out perfectly for seeing one of our all-around favorite bands, Umphrey's McGee.
glowing review of Umphrey's after seeing them at a festival near Tallahassee last November. Their unique blend of hard-hitting prog-pop and professional musicianship continues to keep them in our top 3 list of currently touring bands. You can hear some of their music at http://www.myspace.com/umphreysmcgee
In the Kitchen (1) ->
In the Kitchen (reprise)
Hurt Bird Bath (2) ->
Rocker (part II)
End of the Road (3)
(1) with Glide (The New Deal) tease
(2) with Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) tease
(3) with Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) on washboard
In addition to Umphrey's McGee, we also caught a 90-minute set from a long-time favorite of both of ours, Michael Franti and Spearhead!
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