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Published: 2008/01/02

5:15 on 12/31

Umphreys McGees New Years Eve performance at Chicagos Aragon Ballroom doubled as the groups tenth anniversary celebration and opened with a video montage, which culled highlights and humorous moments from throughout the groups career. Never ones to linger on the past, however, the group continued to debut new material, such as the original Rocker part II and a cover of the Kinks Black Messiah. As he did earlier in the week, longtime Umphreys McGee collaborator Mad Dog appeared with his Filthy Little Secret horn section on a number of compositions, including Mulche’s Odyssey, Resolution, Wizard Burial Ground, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Alex’s House, Bright Lights and the traditional Auld Lang Syne. Flecktone Jeff Coffin also popped in for a rendition of the new A Half Sleep, while Jennifer Hartswick took the stage for a first time cover of the Whos 5:15 that featured the Filthy Little Secret horn section.

Breaking past their stage barriers, most of Umphreys McGee ventured to the soundboard during one of their improvisational Jimmy Stewart segments to play around with a number of electronic toys, while keyboardist Joel Cummins tried his hand at the venues old school pipe organ. Umphreys McGee will hit the road again for a headline spot at Vancouvers Richards on Richards on February 7.

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