On Saturday night the first-ever UMBowl event took place at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. The show, which sold out long in advance, extended over four hours, with four quarters of music each devoted to a different interactive theme.
The First Quarter kicked off with an acoustic set chosen by those in attendance which included first-ever takes on Led Zeppelin’s “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song” and a new original, “The Weight Around.” The Second Quarter was an installment in the band’s Stew Art Series, in which text messages resulted in such mash-ups as “Bathtub Gin and Juice,” “Tool and Jackson Five” “Bowie Here Come The Mantis” and “Tribute to Lady Madonna.”
The Third Quarter again turned to voting from the concertgoers, which yielded a new cover of Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend Is Better,” the debut of another original, “Red Room Disco,“and two older songs: “Muff II: The Revenge” (last performed on 8/28/02) and “Muffburger Sandwich” (last performed on 4/28/05). The Fourth was “choose your own adventure” starting off with a choice of “Nothing Too Fancy,” “All In Time” or “industrial jam” (“All In Time” was selected) and closing out with “Finish ‘All In Time’,” “Conduit” or “Comfortably Numb” (with the Pink Floyd cover emerging on top). The Fourth also saw guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss switch rigs, a techno jam, a funk jam and a couple of the group’s “Jimmy Stewart” improv sections.
Umphrey’s is now off until the band’s Summer Camp Festival over Memorial Day weekend.