On Friday, Umphrey’s McGee took to Cincinnati, Ohio, kicking off a two-night run at the Taft Theatre. The energy of the show was particularly triumphant, given that the band’s highly anticipated new album, it’s not us, had finally been released to the public earlier that day. During the performance, the group welcomed brass band The Cincy Brass to join them on two tunes to close out their first set, including their debut cover of the theme of the 1981 movie, Chariots Of Fire, written by Greek composer Vangelis. The Cincy Brass joined the group for the final two songs of set one: first, the Chariots Of Fire theme followed by the group’s own “Partyin’ Peeps”. Following the debut Vangelis cover, the group landed in “Partyin’ Peeps”, with Umphrey’s giving the full brass band time to show off their skills during an extended jam based around the traditional number, “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Another highlight of the set was Umphrey’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Flying”, marking the first time the song had been played since November 7th, 2014 and ending a gap of 295 shows.“Hangover” > “Chariots Of Fire” > “Partyin’ Peeps”[Video: iccuspunk]The six-song second set allowed the band to really expand upon their jams with a couple of relatively rare songs and the debut of a new song off it’s not us composing set two. “Amble On” was played for the 10th time ever since its debut in Chicago in 2013, reappearing for the first time since March of 2016. The tune also contained a jam built around Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place”—while Umphrey’s hasn’t formally covered the Radiohead song in full, previously Joel Cummins has played the number during his own solo piano sets.Watch Joel Cummins Of Umphrey’s McGee’s Gorgeous Piano Rendition Of A Radiohead ClassicUmphrey’s also dusted off their take on the Allman Brothers Band’s classic hit “Jessica”—a cover that they performed regularly from 1998 to 2001 but that has fallen out of their regular rotation in the years since—after almost exactly a year since it was last played during a performance in New Haven. However, given that the band’s eleventh album had been released earlier in the day, the group set aside time during the tail-end of set two to show some love to their new release, offering up their debut rendition of “Whistle Kids” before closing out the set with their well-loved original “Pay The Snucka”. The band closed the night out in full with a two-song encore of “Orfeo” into “All In Time”.“Orfeo” > “All In Time”[Video: iccuspunk]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH | 1/12/2018Set 1: Bathing Digits > Bad Friday, Example 1 > Flying > Example 1, Plunger > Anchor Drops, Search 4, Hangover > Chariots of Fire  > Partyin’ Peeps Set 2: All In Time > Amble On  > 2×2, Jessica, Whistle Kids , Pay the SnuckaEncore: Orfeo > All In Time last time played, 2014.11.07 (295 shows) |  debut, Vangelis; with The Cincy Brass on horns and percussion |  with The Cincy Brass on horns and percussion; with When the Saints Go Marching In (trad.) jam |  with Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead) jam |  debut, original
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) can talk all he wants about carpet bombing areas controlled by ISIS, civilian casualties be dammed, without drawing a broad rebuke, but condemning the values of New York is apparently off limits.As Cruz has ascended in the polls, so has his rhetoric against chief rival Donald Trump. Caught in the middle of their childlike spat is New York, or more accurately, the state’s system of “values”—whatever that means.New Yorkers have taken to social media to defend the Big Apple and the Empire State, even reviving the decades-old fabricated beef between Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Cruz, the latest victim of Trump’s birther movement, has also drawn the ire of lawmakers across the state, including Long Island’s most outspoken Congressman.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who has previously railed against the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, lambasted the Texas senator on Friday.“Memo to Ted Cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9/11; the cops who fight terror; and the people you ask for campaign donations,” King said in statement through his spokesman.“Go back under a rock,” he added.Cruz’s backfiring quips began with his lashing out against Trump’s “New York values” following the billionaire’s repeated criticism about Cruz’s White House qualifications. Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother is a US citizen.During Thursday night’s GOP debate in South Carolina, Cruz said New York values are akin to being “socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media.” That was his way of defending his unprovoked rebuke of New York.New Yorkers used Twitter to remind Cruz of their perseverance after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to defend the New York way of life. The New York Daily News, not one to back down from a challenge, produced a viral cover featuring an appalled Lady Liberty flipping the bird at Cruz and eloquently suggesting he “drop dead” and disappear north of the border. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanded that Cruz apologize to the residents of New York before noting that such an offering from Cruz would likely be unwelcomed.“Not that I believe they need it or they want it,” Cuomo said on NY1.Cruz’s opponents labeled him a hypocrite, pointing to his indulgence for “New York money.”“I’m sure he’s going to return all of the money, I’m always open to give him an education on what New York values are all about,” said Cuomo.This is the same Cruz who voted against a Sandy relief bill in the wake of the devastating superstorm that slammed the region in 2012.