Last night I went to the Minnesota State Fair for the second time this season. However, my reason was for music and hanging with a couple of friends, instead of eating a ton of food. (I did try the hotdish on a stick. Interesting and not too bad. B-)
I met my friends John and Tracy last year through a music social networking site, and our first concert together was Gov't Mule at the Minnesota Zoo. We went to a couple of others, including Umphrey's McGee. I knew little about them, except that they were part of the jam band scene. I didn't warm up to them at first, but I had a great time by the end of the show. They seemed a bit more calculating and orchestrated like Frank Zappa. One of my online buddies said it was like math being done on stage.
I haven't listened to any of their music since last year's show, but I was excited to see them play again. They played an hour-and-a-half of music. I was most impressed by one of the pieces that included four different modes of music, including a Particle-like movement, some jazz, and some progressive rock. (I don't know the names of any of their songs, so I have included the setlist below.)
I enjoy the fact that they are versatile musicians. It challenged me to listen carefully while having a good time dancing. John, Tracy, and I had a great time!
Umphrey's is playing two nights at the fair, including a second show tonight. Both are free shows at the Leinenkugel Leinie Lodge. I hadn't seen any shows at the fair before last night, but I liked this venue. Be prepared to have a good time, whether you have seen them before or not.
Great American, Example 1, Liquid > Phil's Farm, Got Your Milk (Right Here), Uncle Wally > 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Morning Song, Hangover, Mullet (Over)
Let Me Go Home Whiskey > Miss Tinkle's Overture
Tags: Minnesota State Fair, Umphrey's McGee, Jam band