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Umphrey’s McGee returns to South Bend

Courtney Eckerle | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The boys were back in town Sunday night.

The band comprised completely of Notre Dame alumni, Umphery’s McGee, graced the stage at Club Fever, almost two years after their last appearance in South Bend.

“It’s honestly really great to be back, and see so many faces of friends and family mixed in with new ones,” lead singer Brendan Bayliss said after a few intro songs and one very fluid jam session.

It’s easy to see why this band has built a loyal following on their tour. It is electric, interactive and throws a great concert. Fever is also a surprisingly great concert venue. With its upper levels, there is no shortage of great vantage points, and it is almost impossible to have a bad seat.

Umphrey’s managed to keep a relatively garage band atmosphere, jamming with each other like they probably did when they played under the Dome 14 years ago. They mixed known songs, like “In the Kitchen” and “Anchor Drops” with tracks from their latest album, “Death by Stereo”, which were well-received by the crowd.

Overall, it was exactly what a good concert should be — filled with people who know and love the music, and a band that sounds better in person than they do digitally, which these days, makes Umphrey’s McGee a hard act to follow.