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Published: 2012/06/09

Umphrey’s McGee Performs Marathon Late Night Set at Bonnaroo, Announces New Year’s in Atlanta

Photo via Kevin Browning

Umphrey’s McGee performed a milestone set last night at Bonnaroo, with a marathon, late-night spectacle that spanned more than four hours when it was all said and done.

Shortly after 2 AM, the band members emerged onstage under a thick haze of day-glo fog, opening with the crunchy, psych-jam “Gurgle,” before launching into the fan favorite “40’s Theme.” These tunes largely set the tone for the evening, which relied heavily on the band’s metal-edged rockers like “Plunger,” “Miss Tinkle’s Overture,” and “Wizard Burial Ground.”

Midway through the set, the group revealed it’s “big gigantic surprise” by swapping out with (not surprisingly) Big Gigantic’s Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli during “Ringo” (which featured an extended sax solo from Lalli before the switch was complete), keeping fans dancing until Umphrey’s returned to the stage with a soaring version of “All In Time.”

As the sun came up over the festival grounds in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Umphrey’s greeted the dawn with a glorious, spaced-out jam following “Hajimemashite.” A cover of ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” rang out shortly after 5 AM, which held the energy intact until the very end.

As the show drew to a close, keyboardist Joel Cummins took to the mic to reveal the band’s plans to perform a four-night New Year’s Eve run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA on December 28-31.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Surlybuf June 10, 2012, 12:41:23

Karl D played until sunrise at the first Bonnaroo on Friday, then moe. followed it up by playing until sunrise on Saturday.

Genius June 10, 2012, 22:52:31

Where’s the setlist?? Seems like vital piece of info…

nokin June 11, 2012, 09:57:28

One Set
Gurgle > 40’s Theme*, Plunger -> The Floor, Pay the Snucka** > The Triple Wide > Pay the Snucka$, Puppet String, JaJunk > Breathe$$ > Plunger, Ringo^ > All In Time&, Bright Lights Big City, 1348 > Hajimemashite, Miss Tinkle’s Overture > Thunderstruck > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Booth Love, Wizard Burial Ground
In the Kitchen&& > JaJunk
late night in This Tent * with One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic) tease ** with Stranglehold (Ted Nugent) jam
$ with Bulls On Parade (Rage Against the Machine)
$$ dub
^ full band switch with Big Gigantic
& with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) jam
&& unfinished

makersandh2o June 12, 2012, 11:30:25

Hell yeah Surlybuf. That KD late night the first night of the first Bonnaroo was hot shit. Was cuttin rug all morning. I did the Galactic (and friends) show the next night…my legs hurt for a week after that weekend like so many others!

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