Umphrey’s McGee returned to Charleston, SC last night, for the second night of their own Chucktown Ball. The southern city event started as a series of benefit concerts in Charleston last year, after a hometown mass shooting stirred band members who live in the city. This year, the band took the Ball to the next level, bringing on special guest musicians in a larger venue, the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. You can listen to Friday night’s performance here.Saturday night’s concert-goers were treated to an extreme evening of music, with electronic duo The Floozies kicking things off as the night’s support. When UM took the stage, fans were treated to an all-original set of music, including an extensive “Miami Virtue” into “Mad Love” jam. The first set closed with a fan-favorited “2×2” rocker, which featured teases of Eye of the Tiger’s “Survivor”, Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick in the Wall”, and John Coltrane‘s “A Love Supreme”.The second set opened with a stand-out version of “Life During Exodus”, a mashing of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” and Bob Marley’s “Exodus,” with Frank Zappa’s “City of Tiny Lites” and Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” The mashup is featured on their upcoming album, ZONKEY, which comes out this Fall. Sticking to the tease-heavy theme of Saturday night’s setlist, the band’s performance of “Bad Friday” included teases of Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”Toward the end of the set, the Chicago-based jam greats busted out “Rock The Casbah” for the 11th time in their nearly twenty year career. The Clash cover has not been performed by the sextet since September of 2015 at the Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. The Casbah classic led into a “Drums” jam, and then into the “Hurt Bird Bath” set closer, which incorporated teases of Bach‘s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, before Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a “Puppet String” encore.Come November 11th, Umphrey’s McGee will release ZONKEY, a new studio album that features recordings of the band’s famed mash up tracks. Having already released versions of “Life During Exodus” and “National Loser Anthem”, which features a mash-up of Radiohead, Beck, and Phil Collins, last night’s performance was pure indication that this release will be full of surprises.Following last night’s show, keyboardist Joel Cummins announced from the stage that the band will return to Atlanta, GA for a three-night stand at The Tabernacle over Martin Luther King weekend in January. He confirmed this statement with a tweet earlier today: Umphrey’s McGee @ Chuck Town Ball, North Charleston Coliseum North Charleston, SC 9/24/16:Set I: October Rain > Speak Up, Miami Virtue > Mad Love, Higgins, Preamble > Mantis, 2×2*Set II: Life During Exodus^, All In Time > Prowler > All In Time, Bad Friday^^, Rock the Casbah > Drums > Hurt Bird Bath^^^Enc: Puppet StringNotes: *with Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) jam and Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd) and A Love Supreme (John Coltrane) teases^with 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) tease^^with Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) tease^^^With Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) tease[Setlist via AllThingsUmphreys]
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – After nearly two weeks of protests in Puerto Rico calling for his resignation, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that he will resign from his post.In a Facebook Live video yesterday, the Governor said that the recent protests have “humbled him” and acknowledge that there were many citizens including influential celebrities and politicians that wanted him to resign. He will officially resign as Governor on August 2 at 5:00 pm after serving as Governor since 2017.The major protests in Puerto Rico started on July 13 after the Center for Investigative Journalism released some 900 pages of text chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram in which Rossello and 12 other male administration members joked about Ricky Martin’s sexuality, mocked women, politicians, journalists, disabled people and the victims of Hurricane Maria.Just days before the text messaging scandal, two top government officials from Mr Rosselló’s administration were among a group arrested by US federal agents for conspiracy and fraud involving millions in federal funding.Citizens living in San Juan lined the streets of the city to rejoice following the announcement of his resignation. Puerto Ricans have counted this as the first step to getting rid of corruption in their country.There is no word yet as to who will replace him.