Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Jason Bonham At Lockn’ Festival

By Jeffrey Greenblatt Aug 25, 2018 9:41 am PDT

A night after teaming with Lettuce for an unexpected interlocked take on Herbie Hancock’s “Hang Up Your Hang Ups,” Umphrey’s McGee played their third scheduled set at the 2018 installment of the Lockn’ Festival. Fest organizers had previously announced that the Chicago-based band would be sharing the stage with Jason Bonham for their Friday night performance. Along with welcoming the drummer, Umphrey’s also invited a pair of additional guests to aid them on a string of Led Zeppelin tunes.

The sextet front-loaded their set with material from their own songbook as they got things going at Infinity Downs Farm with “Half Delayed” from it’s not us. “Plunger” would help kick off a lengthy segue-filled run as “Walletsworth” was dropped in the middle of the setlist staple which eventually worked itself into “The Silent Type.” Jam-vehicle “JaJunk” followed as Jason Bonham emerged next. With three-percussionists/drummers now on stage, the augmented act dove into a version of Umphrey’s “Conduit.”

With Bonham in tow, the band focused the back half of their set on material from the Led Zepplin catalog, something the drummer is intimately familiar with being the son of the band’s late drummer John Bonham. The septet kicked things off with guitarist Brendan Bayliss singing lead on a straight-ahead take on “Good Times, Bad Times.” Jake Cinninger stepped up next for “Dancing Days” from Zeppelin’s 1973 release Houses of the Holy. In the spirit of the festival, Umphrey’s welcomed Taylor Hicks. The former American Idol winner, who recently sat in with the band in Birmingham, took center stage singing lead and playing harmonica on the blues classic “When The Levee Breaks,” which Zeppelin included on their fourth studio album.

After a turbo-charged run through “The Song Remains The Same” the prog-jam-rockers had one more surprise up their sleeve as they brought Derek Trucks out to join them. The meaty ensemble closed things out with a heavy version “Whole Lotta Love” that saw Kris Myers step out from behind his drum kit to do his Robert Plant imitation.

Lockn’ continues on Saturday with sets from Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Agents Of Good Roots and more. A free webcast and SiriusXM simulcast are available.

Watch pro-shot video of “Conduit” featuring Jason Bonham below thanks to Relix:


Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Half Delayed, Plunger > Walletsworth > Plunger > The Silent Type, JaJunk, Conduit[1], Good Times Bad Times[2], Dancing Days[1], When the Levee Breaks[3], The Song Remains the Same[1], Whole Lotta Love[4]

[1] with Jason Bonham on drums, [2] debut, Led Zeppelin; with Jason Bonham on drums, [3] with Jason Bonham on drums and Taylor Hicks on harmonica and vocals, [4] with Jason Bonham on drums, Derek Trucks on guitar, and Kris on vocals (no drums), with Witchy Woman (The Eagles) tease before When the Levee Breaks , with The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin) tease before Whole Lotta Love, last When the Levee Breaks 07.07.2012 (608 shows), last Whole Lotta Love 02.14.2014 (444 shows)

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