Sometimes is scares me to see how much time in my life has flown by, but other times the very same thought lifts me up after I remember all the great times I’ve had through the years. The UM/STS9 tour took me back nearly 10 years to when I was first starting to really expand my grasp of great music and great people. I came to love the scene while at Loyola University in Chicago by attending show after show of Umphrey’s Mcgee, Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Cornmeal, & Sound Tribe Sector Nine just to name a few. When I started writing this article I realized that watching how far these groups have come has in a strange way also helped me reflect on how far I’ve come from the college freshman who had never really gotten past listening to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin (NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THEM!) Over the past 10 years I’ve seen these bands countless times and in countless places, not the least of which is Summercamp. I had the great pleasure of seeing two of these bands at the time recently in Louisville and it was EPIC.
The Palace in Louisville is one of the coolest venues I’ve ever been to. It’s been around forever and was originally used to show “moving pictures” way back in the day. The architect was on fire! This place looks and feels like you are outside in an ancient city around dusk. The walls are back lit a deep blue with columns and great artwork running all the way around.
Umphrey’s went on first, I don’t know if this is the case at each stop or just the night I was there. They were great and continued to show off more of their hard rock and metal talent. Years ago I remember myself complaining a bit about how metal they were at times. However, in preparation for their upcoming album in the hard rock vein, UM put on a full set of heavy rock and it was great.
Push The Pig > 1348 > 2×2 – Der Bluten Kat – Miss Gradenko – FF > 07 Puppet String – The Triple Wide # > 1348 * – Roundabout teases # – Don’t Fear The Reaper jam
Sound Tribe was great too. The light show was at another level. Bright purples and deep blues everywhere! I was too busy rocking to get the set list to their set but it was as good as any I’ve ever seen.
Make sure and check out the venue and make sure and catch this tour!