Umphrey’s McGee Gets Help From Friends Including Members Of Goose, Disco Biscuits & More At Solshine Reverie

UM also fit a pair of moe. covers into their sets on Saturday at the inaugural event in honor of their fellow Summer Camp host band.

By Scott Bernstein May 28, 2024 10:11 am PDT

Solshine Reverie was launched by Summer Camp Music Festival organizers this past weekend at the event’s longtime home of Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. Perennial SCamp headliners Umphrey’s McGee played a total of four sets over the first two days of the inaugural Solshine Reverie ending with a guest-filled UM & Friends performance featuring collaborations with members of Goose, The Disco Biscuits, Eggy, Big Gigantic and more.

Umphrey’s McGee and moe. have long been Summer Camp’s host bands. While both groups were aboard for two days worth of performances at the first-ever Solshine Reverie, moe. pulled out of the inaugural event early last week due to extenuating family circumstances.

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UM repped their longtime Summer Camp partners at the first Solshine Reverie by performing two moe. songs on Saturday. The Chicago-based sextet fit a debut cover of moe.’s “Four” within “Der Bluten Kat” during the second set and opened the Umphrey’s & Friends frame with “Rebubula.” The rest of the UM & Friends set on Saturday saw the band joined by a parade of special guests from other acts on the bill after fiddler Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal and Yonder Mountain String Band) got the collaborations going by sitting in on “Women Wine and Song” amid Umphrey’s first set on Saturday.

“Rebubula” was followed by covers of John Scofield & MMW’s “A Go Go” and Bob Seger’s “Hollywood Nights” featuring Goose’s Rick Mitarotonda on guitar and Peter Anspach on keys. Then, Eggy drummer Alex Bailey took UM drummer Kris Myers‘ spot behind the kit for Umphrey’s original “Much Obliged” and a take on the Elton John classic “Bennie and the Jets.” Bailey shared lead vocal duties on the Elton cover with Brendan Bayliss.


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SunSquabi drummer Scotty Zwang was the next guest as he hopped into Myers’ drum seat on a cover of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” and UM original “Hurt Bird Bath.” Three more beloved Umphrey’s McGee favorites closed the set. lespecial drummer Rory Dolan stood in for Myers on “Slacker” with Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic filling the drum role on “40’s Theme” and “In The Kitchen.” The “In The Kitchen” finale also featured tDB bassist Marc Brownstein replacing Ryan Stasik.

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Setlist (via All Things Umphrey’s)

Set One: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Wife Soup, Nothing Too Fancy > Women Wine and Song[1] > Nothing Too Fancy, Dump City, Intentions Clear, Mulche’s Odyssey

Set Two: Small Strides, Crucial Taunt, Der Bluten Kat > Four [10] > Der Bluten Kat, Resolution

Set Three: Rebubula, A Go Go[2], Hollywood Nights[2], Much Obliged[3], Bennie and the Jets[4], Kid Charlemagne[5], Hurt Bird Bath[6], Slacker[7], 40’s Theme[8], In The Kitchen[9]

Footnotes:

  • [1] with Allie Kral on fiddle
  • [2] with Peter Anspach on keys and Rick Mitarotonda on guitar
  • [3] with Alex Bailey replacing Kris on drums
  • [4] with Alex Bailey replacing Kris on drums and on vocals
  • [5] with Scotty Zwang replacing Kris on drums and on vocals
  • [6] with Scotty Zwang replacing Kris on drums
  • [7] with Rory Dolan replacing Kris on drums
  • [8] with Jeremy Salken replacing Kris on drums
  • [9] with Jeremy Salken replacing Kris on drums and Marc Brownstein replacing Ryan on bass
  • [10] First Time Played (moe. cover)

Show Notes: Moonshine Stage

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