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Published: 2013/04/28

Bust Outs Galore at Umphrey’s McGee’s "Bill Graham for a Day" Show

Umphrey’s McGee played a special gig for some fans at Lincoln Hall in Chicago last night. The show was a repeat of last year’s “Bill Graham for a Day” project, with a few hundred Umphreaks pooling their resources to put on a private show the day after their annual UM Bowl. In addition, the fans in attendance also got to have a say in the setlist, which turned out pretty interesting.

The show kicked off with an intro that featured a jam of Rush’s “Spirit of the Radio.” A few songs later, the group busted out the rare “Sludge & Death” for the first time since April 12, 2007. The first set also saw the (sort of) debut of two new originals, “Web Tangle” and “Larceny.” The songs were leftovers from UM Bowl IV’s “Raw Stewage” quarter, in which fans voted on old improvisations they wanted to hear again. “Web Tangle” is based on the band’s “Jimmy Stewart” from the April 7, 2006 “In The Kitchen,” while “Larceny” is a take on the jam from the February 7, 2008 “Dump City.” Umphrey’s followed these with their first ever cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Brendan Bayliss then took up the mandolin for “Susanah” before the set wrapped up with Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band’s “A Fifth of Beethoven.”

The second set started strong, as Umphrey’s busted out “Debra” for the first time since December 9, 2000 (and only the fourth time ever), followed by their first “Soul Food II” since February 21, 2006. Later in the set, the band busted out their first cover of Little Milton’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” since September 8, 2001. The set then came to a close with “Den” sandwiched between “Bright Lights, Big City.” The encore then featured a cover of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.”

The full setlist can be viewed below and a recap of Friday night’s UM Bowl IV can be found here.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, Umphrey’s McGee, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Intro1 > The Crooked One > The Haunt > Sludge & Death, Mantis > Dump City > Web Tangle2 > Larceny2 > Dump City, (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay3, Susanah4, A Fifth of Beethoven

Set 2: Front Porch, All Things Ninja, Debra, Soul Food II, The Floor, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > That’s What Love Will Make You Do, Bright Lights, Big City > Den > Bright Lights, Big City

Encore: Hot for Teacher

[1] with Spirit of the Radio (Rush) jam and Turn & Run tease
[2] debut, original
[3] debut, Otis Redding; Brendan on mandolin
[4] Brendan on mandolin


private show put on by fans, billed as “Bill Graham for a Day”

Web Tangle > Larceny were selections from the UMBowl “Raw Stewage” voting: In the Kitchen 2006-04-07 with lyrics > Dump City 2008-02-07

Divisions was teased before All Things Ninja

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