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Published: 2013/11/03

Umphrey’s Ends Fall Tour With Memorable Show

Umphrey’s McGee closed their 2013 Fall Tour with the third and final show of their three-night run at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theatre. Building off two stellar shows to begin the run, including the band’s sixth annual mashup show on Halloween, Umphrey’s closed the weekend in fine fashion, delivering another two-set show full of noteworthy improv, covers and bustouts.

Kicking the night off with a combination of old school Umphrey’s tunes, the band dug into “Plunger” and “Much Obliged,” the latter of which featured a solid extended jam, touching on some of the group’s funkier influences. Continuing its hot streak of high improv output, “Higgins” delivered yet again, with a dark, dance vibe that warmed up the crowd on a cold Milwaukee night. The beautiful contrast of “Sweetness” following the heavier “Higgins” showcased the band’s prowess on this night (and every night on the run).

After a pair of new cuts “Comma Later” (which featured a rare bit of improv) and “No Diablo” (dedicated to guitarist Jake Cinninger’s son), Umphrey’s closed the opening set with one of the finest “40’s Theme”‘s in a long time, working in a snippet of The Police’s “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” with Brendan Bayliss on vocals.

Throughout the weekend, Umphrey’s managed to expertly craft sets that contained great flow, variety and an opportunity for improv at every turn. For the final set of the run, all of those angles aligned perfectly, as the band ripped through one of their most intense sets to date. Starting it off with the epic, anthemic “Mantis,” the Chicago sextet moved through a rock opera of sorts as “Mulche’s Odyssey” fell in the middle of “Mantis” before the band soared into the ending of “Mantis,” reminiscent of a notable performance from UM’s 2010 Red Rocks show when the two rock anthems were last paired together.

The next two cuts saw Umphrey’s dig into a variety of improv, first with a particularly bouncy version of Death By Stereo’s “Miami Virtue” that featured stellar work from bassist Ryan Stasik, continuing his great playing all week despite sporting some athletic tape on his forearm. Stasik led a jam that featured Jake Cinninger jumping on keys with Joel Cummins for a dual keys jam. “JaJunk” followed, again nearing the fifteen-minute mark, and along with its usual dual-guitar theatrics featured some more full band funk grooves before ascending to its peak, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Umphrey’s wasn’t quite ready to put the mashup theme to bed, as the second all-UM original mashup debuted. In the same vein as “In the Puppet’s Kitchen,” “Push the Booth Deeper” made its first appearance. Featuring the Umphrey’s tunes “Push the Pig,” “Booth Love” and “Deeper,” the band mashed together some of its grooviest tunes, creating an impenetrable dance groove that pleased the already satisfied crowds. This mashup is noteworthy to those who enjoy when the band weaves in different vocal parts, as each member was seemingly singing a different part of a different song at once.

UM’s first “...And Justice For All” in 577 shows (10/17/2008) closed the set and is considered one of the biggest bustouts of the year. Having covered Metallica’s “Orion” at this year’s UMBowl, the band brought back one of its original Metallica pieces. A “Bridgeless,” that included UM Stage Manager Robbie Williams removing a fan from the front of the stage in a manner that would make the Chicago Bears linebacking core proud, closed the show with yet another display of fiery guitars from Bayliss and Cinninger. While UM doesn’t have another Milwaukee show scheduled for the foreseeable future, Brendan Bayliss did hint at the possibility of ringing in 2015 at the venue, commenting on how they’d like to come back for “3 or 4 nights.”

Speaking of Bayliss and Cinninger, the UM duo will play their annual Acoustic Holiday Show December 7 at Chicago’s Park West. The band will return to the stage December 16 at Mayan Holidaze as they move towards their run in Denver, CO for New Year’s Eve.

Here’s the setlist from last night as it appears in our Box Scores section:

Umphrey’s McGee
Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

Set I: Plunger > Much Obliged > Plunger, Higgins > Sweetness > Comma Later, No Diablo, 40’s Theme* > The Bed’s Too Big Without You^ > 40’s Theme

Set II: Preamble > Mantis > Mulche’s Odyssey > Mantis, Miami Virtue^^ > JaJunk, Push the Booth Deeper%, ...And Justice for All

Enc: Bridgeless

Notes: *with One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic) tease
^debut, The Police; incomplete
^^with Jake on keys
%debut; Booth Love + Deeper + Push the Pig mash-up

Source: http://allthings.umphreys.com/

Comments

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Great-times November 3, 2013, 23:57:37

No comments yet? Great shows in milwaukee this past weekend. This band is incredible.

ScottytheSalamander November 4, 2013, 00:22:17

Wow things were crazy in Milwaukee. Issac and I still have afterglow from the Robin Thicke mashup. We had about twenty five guys in 4 rooms, probably only 4 couples so it was a hot weekend in and out of Riverside. It was 90% raging UM men at each of the shows. Ryan looked hot this weekend and Brendan always looks like the master Ewok up there caressing his strings singing about the stuff we all did at Notre Dame. It was nice to have lots of room as well compared to their last run at Riverside. Plenty of open areas for the real UM fans. It was a rainbow of flavors musically all weekend.

J November 4, 2013, 08:55:11

Hey Scotty nobody wants to see your anti-gay prejudice garbage anymore. You should probably go get a life.

ScottytheSalamander November 4, 2013, 09:42:22

T what are you talking about man. Issac and I have seen hundreds of UM shows. Why are you shooting at me, my fiancé and friends for liking the same music as you? We are proudly out and proudly UM 24/7 fans. Hook up with us in Denver we have a big bus going, we are just like you. We can always add an extra. Anti gay prejudice? Um ok maybe you can help me and Issac pay for our prejudiced wedding or at least help us plan it this is expensive. I guess you would have issue if we had it at Holidaze?

ScottytheSalamander November 4, 2013, 09:43:28

T what are you talking about man. Issac and I have seen hundreds of UM shows. Why are you shooting at me, my fiancé and friends for liking the same music as you? We are proudly out and proudly UM 24/7 fans. Hook up with us in Denver we have a big bus going, we are just like you. We can always add an extra. Anti gay prejudice? Um ok maybe you can help me and Issac pay for our prejudiced wedding or at least help us plan it this is expensive. I guess you would have issue if we had it at Holidaze?

J November 4, 2013, 13:40:05

People can choose whatever lifestyle they want but you are full of shit and trying to insult a band by insinuating they have a predominantly gay fan base. That is prejudice bullshit. Your flamboyant comments are clearly meant to take away from the UM scene. Do you see any straight people making comments about how much sex they were having at this or that show? Or even comments similar to yours about any other band? No and no.

ScottytheSalamander November 4, 2013, 23:23:43

J you are being cruel because I was born differently than you. You do not think heteros have fun post show? It is a shame you haven’t been as open as welcoming as this community and band has since our days at ND. Why are you coming down on so many of us? Don’t worry we don’t carry airborne viruses and cannot wait to be dancing all around you at your next UM show, hopefully in Menver!! Nobody is stereotyping the fanbase besides you stereotyping people like me as perverts at shows. Dont kiss your wife or lady at shows? You must be a socks on guy in the sack with a lights off policy. LOOSEN UP PAL.

Scottythesalamander November 4, 2013, 23:34:52

J a suggestion, how about focusing on the music not the venemous hate you have for people like me. You seem way to invested in the “scene” you do not seem to appreciate. Do you invest in UM scene stock or have a vested interest other than the music like us REAL fans. You need a massage and some refocusing on the music.

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