Umphrey's McGee UMBowl V Setlist & Recap

Umphrey's McGee brought their fan-friendly, football-themed UMBowl concert to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night. The marathon show started shortly after 7 p.m. and didn't end until more than five hours later after attendees of the sold-out event had been treated to wild improvisation, bust outs galore, tight musical wizardry and even guest appearances from a member of Miles Davis's band over the course of four sets - each with a different theme.

[Photo by Andrew Blackstein]

The show began with a "Raw Stewage Quarter" in which the band re-examined classic "Jimmy Stewart" improvisations from the past ten years as voted upon by fans. "Raw Stewage" saw Umphrey's lay down four different segments that expertly combined two past "Stewarts" a piece. The segments showed off the range and variety of Umphrey's improvisations as they moved from dark, brooding jam spaces to major-key, blissed out explorations.

Set Two was the "All Request Quarters" and attendees seemed to favor covers this year. UM kicked off the second set with their first cover of "Rebubula" by moe. since last year's Summer Camp Festival and only the second version of the moe. tune since 1999. The set continued with the rare instrumental "All Things Ninja" and then saw Umphrey's dust off "Crazy Fingers" (Grateful Dead) for the first time since April 2, 2009 - a span of 576 shows. "#5" was the set's second rare instrumental and this time around contained improv, which is very unusual for performances of the tune. Back at Bonnaroo in 2006 Umphrey's debuted the "Brain Damage" > "Eclipse" segment of Pink Floyd's landmark Dark Side Of The Moon album and hadn't performed the sequence since that night until it closed out UMBowl V's "All Request Quarter."

[Photo by Andrew Blackstein]

The third set featured one of Umphrey's "Stew Art Events" in which fans would text in themes that the band would interpret. The 45-minute, all-improvised, mostly-instrumental "Stew Art Quarter" saw UM interpret such disparate themes as "James Brown Revival," "Chase Theme," "Patriotic UM" and "Daft Funk." Saxophonist Bill Evans emerged for most of the set, including an interpretation of "Fire On The Bayou." For the final set, Umphrey's treated fans to a "Choose Your Own Adventure" quarter giving fans a chance to determine the course of the performance via live voting using text messages. One of the more interesting parts of the final set was when attendees voted for guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss to switch rigs. The two even switched guitars before dueling it out. After five hours the band would've been excused for turning in a quick encore, or on this night "Overtime," but instead they busted out the Dr. Dre cover "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," featuring Ryan Stasik on vocals and Cinninger on bass, for the first time in a whopping 363 shows. The memorable show came to a close with the return of Bill Evans for UM originals "Much Obliged" > "Glory."

[Photo by Andrew Blackstein]

One of the things UM fans look forward to from each installment of UMBowl, an innovative performance unlike any other bands offer, is pre-recorded vignettes that are displayed on a screen above the stage. This year the band recruited the cast of ESPN's Around The Horn to provide an intro the the first and third sets. Just before "Overtime" another clip was played showing a re-creation of the "you think I'm funny?" scene from Goodfellas with "funk" replacing "funny." Brendan Bayliss played the Joe Pesci role with Ryan Stasik as Ray Liotta. Watch the Goodfellas bit and the Around The Horn intro:

We'll have a full review and photo gallery from UMBowl V in the coming days. Tonight, Umphrey's celebrates the launch of their Nothing Too Fancy music label with a special show at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, NY.

Here's a look at the setlist from last night's show via All Things Umphreys:

Quarter 1: Gents[1], Skin the Cat[1], Onward & Upward[2], Mad Love[2]

Quarter 2: Rebubula, All Things Ninja, Crazy Fingers, #5, Brain Damage > Eclipse

Quarter 3: Stew Art event

Quarter 4: The Haunt[3] > The Triple Wide > Funk Improv[4] > Wife Soup, Flamethrower > FF > Jake and BB switch rigs[5], Space Funk Booty[6] > Mulche's Odyssey[7] Overtime: Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang[8], Much Obliged[9] -> Glory[9]

[1] debut, original
[2] debut, original; with vocals
[3] with Rock & Roll, part 2 (Gary Glitter) intro
[4] with Sir Psycho Sexy (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) jam
[5] with All In Time tease
[6] with Mind Left Body jam
[7] ending
[8] with Jake on bass for Ryan
[9] with Bill Evans on saxophone
Notes:
first quarter was Raw Stewage, comprised of attendees' votes for past "Jimmy Stewarts": 03.07.2013 In the Kitchen > 09.23.2011 Ocean Billy, 04.03.2007 Nemo > 09.09.2011 Bridgeless, 02.06.2014 Mantis > 02.06.2013 Got Your Milk (Right Here) > 10.16.2013 Dump City > 10.17.2013 All In Time, 08.11.2012 Wappy Sprayberry > 02.21.2004 FF second quarter was comprised of attendees' votes, "All Request" third quarter was a Stew Art Event: A song of fire and ice > Opium sunrise > James Brown revival > Chase theme > Emergency dance party > Patriotic UM [with Simple Gifts teases; with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Fire On the Bayou [with lyrics; with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Daft Funk [with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Barry White Love Letter [with lyrics; with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Rockabilly Theowdown [with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Baby Makin' Music [with Bill Evans on saxophone] > Frank Zappa-esque jam [with Willie the Pimp (Frank Zappa) lyrics and Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) tease; with Bill Evans on saxophone] fourth quarter was in "choose your own adventure" style, with attendees voting for the next "adventure" live: Great American, Kabump, or The Haunt; The Triple Wide, JaJunk, Last Man Swerving; Industrial improv, Funk improv, or Electronic improv; Ocean Billy, Plunger, or Wife Soup; There’s No Crying In Mexico, Flamethrower, or Depth Charge; Bad Friday, Soul Food II, or FF; Jake on drums, Jake on keys, or Jake and BB switch rigs; Visions, Space Funk Booty, or Dear Lord; end of JaJunk, end of Bridgeless, or end of Mulche’s

[Published on: 5/4/14]

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