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Umphrey’s McGee Busts Out Ween Cover At Day One Of Dominican Holidaze 2017
The 2017 installment of one of the music world’s first destination concert events, Dominican Holidaze, began on Friday at Breathless & Now Onyx in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Friday’s action included a pair of sets a piece from headliners Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 plus much more.
Colorado funk act The Motet kicked off the fesitivites with an afternoon set on the Main Stage. Then, GRiZ hosted a “Poolside Bangers DJ Set” at the Onyx Main Pool. Following a Welcome Toast, UM and STS9 each played two sets while SunSquabi held down the late night at the Onyx Theater. Umphrey’s McGee dusted off a pair of covers within a pair of sets filled with improvisation.
The sextet opened their first set with “Crucial Taunt” and then linked “The Linear” and “Walletsworth.” While the next portion of the performance started innocently enough with “Similar Skin,” Umphrey’s worked the jam into a long-lost cover. At Summer Camp 2015, UM teamed up with Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman for a historic Godboner Meets Gene Ween set that was one of the first times Aaron embraced the Gener persona since he broke up Ween in 2012. One of the songs Umphrey’s performed with Gener was the beloved White Pepper track “The Grobe.” Umphrey’s played “The Grobe” once more on July 17, 2015 and then shelved the cover…until Friday night. “The Grobe” came within “Similar Skin” and led into the Raw Stewage composition “Draconian.” One of the poppiest songs in the UM canon, “Nemo” brought the set to a close.
Umphrey’s McGee’s second Friday set at Dominican Holidaze was more about the jams. A lengthy “Phil’s Farm” opened and was followed by the funky “Booth Love” and expansive “Utopian Fir.” The sextet then dusted off their fantastic cover of The Police deep cut “When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around” for the first time in 50 shows. Umphrey’s ended the six-song, jam-heavy set with classics “Much Obliged” and “Hajimemashite.”