Picture Show: Umphrey’s McGee @ Aragon Ballroom

Over the course of a two-night stand at the Aragon Ballroom in their hometown of Chicago last weekend Umphrey’s McGee showed off the breadth of their repertoire during four sets filled with an eclectic batch of originals and covers, plenty of improvisation and a pair of guest spots. Oakland world fusion act Beats Antique and Chicago bluegrass-rockers Cornmeal handled support duties on Friday and Saturday respectively. On Saturday, Cornmeal’s Allie Kral sat in with Umphrey’s for a jam out of 1348 and all of Hajimemshite, while the Chicago Mass Choir lent a hand during set two for the return of the Umph original Bullhead City and an Amazing Grace/Glory segment as well as the UM debut of You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones.

[Photo by Tammy Wetzel]

Photographer Tammy Wetzel was on hand for both gigs and has turned in a gorgeous set of shots featuring Umphrey’s and the opening acts.

Umphrey’s Setlists:

Night One – November 25

Set One: Tango Mike* > Andy’s Last Beer, Room to Breathe, Nothing Too Fancy > Domino Theory, Red Tape, Blue Echo > Burning Down the House > Nothing Too Fancy

Set Two: Mulche’s Odyssey > Wappy Sprayberry** > Mulche’s Odyssey, Puppet String > The Triple Wide$, Push the Pig$$ > Can’t You See, Hurt Bird Bath

Encore: Divisions

Beats Antique opened
* repeated Jazz Odyssey named by fan
** with 25 or 6 to 4 teases
$ with Smooth Criminal jam
$$ unfinished

Night Two – November 26

Set One: (10:01) Nipple Trixx > Bridgeless > No Comment > Bright Lights* > 1348$ > “Jimmy Stewart”%@ > Haijimemashite@, 40’s Theme (11:11)

Set Two (11:52) Miami Virtue > Booth Love, Bullhead City#, Amazing Grace/Glory#, Day Nurse > The Floor, Much Obliged > Bridgeless (1:05)

Encore: (1:08) All In Time, You Can’t Always Get What You Want&# (1:30)


* Take Me Home (Phil Collins) tease
$ unfinished
% with lyrics
@ with Allie Kral on fiddle
# with Chicago Mass Choir
& The Rolling Stones; first time played

[via The Bort]

Gallery: Tammy Wetzel’s photos including both nights of Umphrey’s and snaps from Cornmeal and Beats Antique’s opening sets



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