Tough to classify Umphrey’s McGee these days. An easy tag is Jam Band due to their huge presence in festivals for over a decade but on closer inspection one would have to lean toward  at a progressive/jazz/funk tag as being much closer.  UM advertised their Madison show as 15 Years of Facemelting and they more than lived up to their claim. I am a fan of their new record, “Death By Stereo,” which I was very comfortable with prior to their show.  I began the show for the standard 3 songs in the pit which is always a trip because you get to chat with those lucky enough to garner a ride on the rail. Concentrating on getting shots in the limted time often takes you away from the music, but UM’s music was infectious and coupled with their lighting (which is without question in the top 5 of all big hitters touring)  I was memorized. I finished the evening walking the Orph on the main floor and the best view, the balcony.  

 

A fan approached me and asked if I was enjoying the show, of course I said “of course.” He then said …”what a great job you have working and being a part of the UM total experience…” I just smiled broadly and nodded~

 

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Set One: Nipple Trix, 2nd Self , Puppet String , Preamble, Mantis, The Triple Wide,  Hajimemashite, All Night Long (Lionel Richie cover), Headphones & Snowcones, Resolution, Puppet String 

Set Two: JaJunk, Slacker, The LinearJaJunkConduit, Mantis, 40’s Theme, Hollywood Nights, (Bob Seger cover)

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[box_light]Encore: Divisions, How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin cover),Divisions[/box_light]

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.