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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.


There are 12 comments associated with this post

James February 16, 2012, 22:19:46

I mean really? It all feels so Phish inspired.

jv February 16, 2012, 22:34:37

Phish inspired, and then taken to the next level conceptually

Yeehaw February 16, 2012, 22:45:03

“Phish inspired, and then taken to the next level conceptually” Exactly. You say Phish inspired like it’s a bad thing. Phish themselves were influenced by great musicians such as Zappa and prog rock but they took it to a different level as well.

Eh February 16, 2012, 23:10:25

So you go into the show, knowing exactly what’s going to happen. Too technical, like um is at times.

pauly February 16, 2012, 23:49:34

This would be infinitely easier if it were constructed within a UM app. Text messaging is unreliable and costs per text.

Baylor February 17, 2012, 00:58:12

I dont know what this guy who says you go in knowing whats gonna happen is talkin about… For quarter one you fill out a ballot and they tally the scores and play the songs with the most votes, i mean you know what you put but not anybody else… Quarter 2 is all improv and the audience makes on the fly suggestions. Qurter 3 is multiple choice and you dont see any options until there on the screen at the show and I assume Q4 will be like Q1… I mean the only quarter you can have the slightest idea about is the first… Thats how UMBowl II went down at least… And Umphrey’s is the best band on the planet right now.

jones February 17, 2012, 12:31:14

Phish inspired???? At this point in their career Phish needs the inspiration…not Umph

TCinNYC February 17, 2012, 14:14:36

This sounds fantastic!! I applaud the Umph guys for their creativity & willingness to try stuff. Signed A phan who saw his first Phish show in Oct 87!

Nick February 17, 2012, 16:10:32

Not incredibly excited about it. I am a huge Umph fan but only changing one quarter of the UmBowl is not enough to really want me to go. I was at the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee which was great, but then I streamed the first Umbowl and literally all the requests taken were the same as S2. I love how they’re innovating the live music experience but sometimes just a good old fashioned rock show is all you need.

What he said February 17, 2012, 16:59:10


chode February 17, 2012, 18:56:48

^^ “I love how they’re innovating the live music experience but sometimes just a good old fashioned rock show is all you need.”

well duh! April 24, 2012, 02:29:44

umphrey’s plays plenty of “good old fashioned rock shows” already right?

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