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Published: 2012/02/16

Umphrey’s McGee Reveals UMBowl III Quarters

Umphrey’s McGee have revealed the details for each of the four quarters at the third annual UMBowl. The event, which takes place on April 27 at Chicago’s Park West, will feature three of the same quarters as last year’s UMBowl, with the addition of the new fourth quarter theme dubbed “Raw Stewage.”

The night will once again begin with the “All Request Quarter,” where fans can vote on songs they would like to hear through a balloting system. This year, the band will spice things up by adding some “Special Teams” options to the ballot, which may include instrument switches, solos, unexpected duos or trios. Fans can also submit their own choice of songs in the new write-in category.

Quarter 2 will see the band perform one of their signature S2 “Stew Art Events.” These entirely improvisational sets are based exclusively on themes, ideas, scenes, and concepts presented by fans. Entries will be submitted via text message and the best of the best will be added to the playbook.

Quarter 3 is the “Choose Your Own Adventure” experience. Fans will be able to call out plays from a series of choices presented to the audience on large projection screens. Voting will take place through text message with the results tallied in real time in front of the audience and the band.

Quarter 4 is the all-new Raw Stewage. According to the band:

“Imagine if we had a list of your favorite Stewarts from over the years, and a list of ours alongside it. Now imagine if we played a set linking them together with additional new improv to create a long-form piece of new music . . .that is what you’ll witness in Q4. We will provide ticket buyers with a ballot to choose your favorites, you provide us with the inspiration. It’s on.”

Head to Umphrey’s website for full details on each of the four quarters. More info, including ticket and VIP information, will be announced early next week.

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