Umphreys Go to the Songlist in Burlington

Prog-jammers Umphrey’s McGee kicked off a four-show, three-night run at the Higher Ground outside of Burlington, VT last night with a rare songlist show. The Chicago-based sextet generally assembles a setlist for each show before heading out on stage. While they rarely stick to the gameplan, the pre-planned setlist does give a good indication of how the show will go.

[Homeland Security on UM’s Bus video from The Floor]

At last night’s show, the members of the band made a list of tunes they might want to play without putting them in order or adding any segues. These songlist shows tend to involve more jamming as the band works out the transitions between songs onstage using their talkback mics which is exactly what happened last night. The band was honoring the request of a group of fans who started a thread on the Umphrey’s message board, The Bort, asking the band to use songlists for the Higher Ground shows.

Besides honoring their fans’ request, the group also paid tribute to bassist Ryan “Pony” Stasik by dusting off the rarely played Ride On Pony – a song guitarist Jake Cinninger wrote before meeting his future band mate – in honor of Stasik’s birthday. Here’s last night’s setlist…

Umphrey’s McGee
November 12, 2009
Higher Ground
South Burlington, VT

Set 1: Spires > Walletsworth, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Out of Order > The Fussy Dutchman, Cold Smoke, ’40s Theme

Set 2: Red Tape > Thin Air, Example 1 > Much Obliged, Ride On Pony, All in Time

Encore: Push the Pig > Come Closer [via Umphreys.com]

Umphrey’s McGee continue their Higher Ground run today with both a Stew Art performance and a regular two-set show. The run concludes tomorrow before the band hits the road for Sunday’s show in Portland, ME. No word yet on whether the remaining shows will be songlist shows as well. To hear a taste of where the band has been taking their jams, check out both installments of our Dream Focused columns.

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