Umphrey’s McGee Welcome String Quartet at Ravinia Show
Umphrey’s McGee returned close to home last night as the band played the Ravinia in Highland Park, IL. The band’s career-spanning show included a brief acoustic section as well as a guest appearance from a string quartet towards the end of the show.
The first set would feature a lengthy “Divisions” opener as well as staples “2nd Self” and “Ringo.” The acoustic section towards the end of the first set would start with “In the Kitchen” before the band transitioned into “Great American” with the 30db tune “Susanah” sandwiched in between the two jam sections. Toto’s “Africa” playfully closed the set.
Set Two reads more like a greatest hits set as the band delivered their new track “Cut the Cable” before reeling off “Wappy Sprayberry,” “JaJunk,” “August” and “Glory” which brought the electric conclusion of “In the Kitchen” from the first set.
For the final two songs of the night the band would be joined by a string quartet, first on the new Similar Skin track “Educated Guess,” which features strings on the studio recording. The collaboration would continue for the final tune of “Hajimemashite.” Following a “Bad Friday” to kick off the encore, “Mantis” would close the show with additional accompaniment from the string section.
Next up for Umphrey’s is a show at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN tonight.
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL
Encore: Bad Friday, Preamble > Mantis2
 with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
 with string quartet