New Year’s Eve Roundup: Umphrey’s, Perpetual Groove, moe., Furthur, Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic, Ween

Halloween and New Year’s Eve are traditionally the two biggest nights of the year in the jam world as each band within the scene gathers their devoted fans from across the country for a musical celebration. We’ve rounded up setlists from around the country in one handy post.

Widespread Panic

Set 1: Chilly Water > JAM > Imitation Leather Shoes > Mr Soul, Cotton Was King, Shut Up and Drive, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Saint Ex > Slippin’ Into Darkness*^> Bust It Big* > Chest Fever*# (76 mins)

Set 2: $> Henry Parsons Died, Quarter Tank of Gasoline, Coach^^, L.A.**, Degenerate#, C. Brown##, Blue Indian##, Ain’t Life Grand%## (41 mins)

Set 3: $$ Countdown by Steve Lopez >>>> Tall Boy*, Love and Happiness*^^, Tail Dragger*, Space Wrangler > Papa’s Home > Funk JAM > Drumz > Papa’s Home, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Pigeons, Up All Night*, On Your Way Down*, You Should Be Glad*# (98 mins)

Encore: Disco > Surprise Valley > Pilgrims > Surprise Valley > Climb To Safety (29 mins)

Notes: * Mega Blasters ~ Horns, ^Lopez on percussion , # John Keane on guitar
$ Acoustic Set, ^^ LTP 11.20.09, ** W/ Randall Bramblett, ## John Keane on pedal steel, % JB mandolin, ^^ LTP 10.13.07,

[via PanicStream]

Widespread Panic’s NYE Run was short and sweet – just one show at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. The band previewed their upcoming Wood Tour by offering an acoustic second set that included rarity Coach, a song from the Todd Nance side project Barbara Cue. The MegaBlasters horn section, who sat in with the band on their ’09 – ’10 NYE Run, were Widespread Panic’s guests last night for the end of the first set and all of a third set that started off with a countdown led by crew member Steve Lopez.


Set One: Golden Road, Cosmic Charlie, Althea, Next Time You See Me, High Time, Shakedown Street > Viola Lee Blues

Set Two: Morning Dew, Dark Star > Mason’s Children > Dark Star > Mountain Song > I Know You Rider, St. Stephen > Fire On The Mountain

Set Three: Sugar Magnolia, Playin’ In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Colors Of The Rain > Born Cross Eyed > The Wheel > Playin Reprise

Encore: Terrapin Suite


Furthur finished their second full year of action with a three-set New Year’s show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh continued a tradition from Grateful Dead days by performing Sugar Magnolia on New Year’s. This year Sugar Mags opened 2012 after a “Dragon Countdown.” The group followed with another throwback – the Playin’ > Uncle John’s Band pairing.


Set: Fiesta, Take Me Away, Transdermal Celebration, Waving My Dick In The Wind, Bananas and Blow, Beacon Light, Push the Little Daisies, Stay Forever, Awesome Sound, Mutilated Lips, Touch My Tooter, Dr Rock, Hey There Fancypants, Johnny on the Spot, The Goin Gets Tough From The Getgo, Frank, Piss Up a Rope, Help Me Scrape The Mucous Off My Brain, Buckingham Green, Reggaejunkiejew, Your Party, Happy New Year / Auld Lang Syne, Let’s Dance, Don’t Laugh I Love You (Deaner on bass), Polkadot Tail, HIV Song, Ohio, Tender Situation

Encore: Gonna Be a Long Night, Licking the Palm for Guava, Mushroom Festival From Hell, Blarney Stone

[via Ween Forum]

Ween finished their first New Year’s Run in over a decade last night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The lengthy set included standards from throughout their career as well as a cover of Neil Young’s Ohio. Your Party fittingly led into a countdown and performance of Auld Lang Syne before the band lit into Let’s Dance by David Bowie.

Disco Biscuits

Set 1: Run Like Hell 1 > Tricycle > Orch Theme > Spacebirdmatingcall, Little Betty Boop

Set 2: Confrontation 2 > Morph Dusseldorf 3, Astronaut, Helicopters 4, Little Shimmy In A Conga Line > Vassillios > Voices Insane > Little Shimmy In A Conga Line

Set 3: Floes > My Lady Survives, Rock Candy 5 > Floes, Crystal Ball, Kitchen Mitts, Highwire
1 Dyslexic completion of 12/30 version 2 Dyslexic completion of 12/28 version 3 Completes 12/30 version 4 w/ countdown and New Years lyrics 5 unfinished

[via BIP]

The Disco Biscuits made their first New Year’s show outside of the Northeast a memorable one with three marathon sets. Helicopters contained a countdown and traditional New Year’s lyrics, while the show saw the quartet finish Run Like Hell, Confrontation and Morph Dusseldorf from earlier in the run. While there was a repeat, it was My Lady Survives which was performed for only the second time since 1998.

Umphrey’s McGee

Set One: Jazz Odyssey > Domino Theory, The Linear > The Floor, Kabump* > Divisions**

Set Two: Catshot^ > Dump City^, Don’t Do It^, Ocean Billy, 2×2, Miami Virtue^ > 25 or 6 to 4^$

Set Three: Nipple Trix^ > Booth Love^ > Auld Lang Syne^, Let’s Dance^$$, JaJunk > “Jimmy Stewart”% > JaJunk, FF%% > Hangover, Ringo^

Encore: Puppet Strings^, Late In the Evening^

* with Rocket Queen (Guns N’ Roses) teases
** with Hajimemashite tease
^ with Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horns, including Jeff Coffin
$ first time played, Chicago
$$ first time played, David Bowie
% with lyrics
%% with The Fish (Yes) teases


Umphrey’s McGee returned to The Pageant for their third and final NYE ’11-’12 Run performance in St. Louis last night. Once again, the Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horn section helped the sextet celebrate New Year’s by sitting in on Catshot > Dump City, The Band’s version of Don’t Do It by Marvin Gaye, Miami Virtue and a debut cover of Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4 in the second set, Nipple Trix > Booth Love, Auld Lang Syne, Ringo and their first-ever version of Let’s Dance by David Bowie in the third set as well as both Puppet Strings and Late In The Evening (Paul Simon) during the encore. It’s interesting to note that the last Umphrey’s version of Don’t Do It and the next-to-last Late In The Evening were performed with horns on December 31, 2004.


{9:02 PM > 9:48 PM EST}

I: Not Coming Down > Wormwood > Deep This Time, Backwoods, Suck A Lemon, 32 Things

{10:18 PM > 11:21 PM EST}

II: Money*# > McBain, Hi & Lo > Big World, Skrunk > Zed Naught Z##

{11:55 PM > 1:46 AM EST}

III: Recreational Chemistry > Auld Lang Syne > Recreational Chemistry > Johnny Lineup%, [email protected] > Buster > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Timmy Tucker

Enc: Godzilla**

{* w/ Marley Amico on sax
# LTP > 8/30/03
## completes 12/30/11 version
% LTP > 7/04/10
@ Al on ’74 Gibson double-neck guitar
** w/ Cass Libbers on drums and Vin on percussion with Jim}

[via Kahlil Katool]

Jam stalwarts moe. filled three sets with old standbys, some of their best material from the past five years and a few deep cuts at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine last night. Drummer Vinnie Amico’s daughter, Marley, guested with moe. on the second set opener – a cover of Money by Pink Floyd (last time played August 30, 2003). To end the second set moe. took a page out of the Disco Biscuits’ playbook by finishing Z0Z from the previous evening. Recreational Chemistry kicked off the third set and contained a countdown and Auld Lang Syne in the middle before transitioning into the first Johnny Lineup in a year and a half.

Perpetual Groove

I. Occam’s Blazer*, Holy Ship*, Luthien & Beren**, Drink Then Fill*,hRobot Waltz***

II. Wake Up*^, At The Screen*, Macumba***^^, Cairo^^^, Mr. Transistor*>Brock Butler Solo National Anthem

E: Sweet Oblivious Antidote***%, All My Friends%%

* John Hruby on keys
** Matt McDonald on keys
*** John Hruby & Matt McDonald on keys
^ Arcade Fire Cover with Under the Porch & The Ladies of Perpetual Groove with Matt McDonald on guitar, 1st Time Played
^^ With Brock Butler Rap, With John Hruby Throwdown Rap
^^^ With The Cave Tease (Mumford & Sons)
% w/ Gary Paulo on Sax
%% LCD Soundsystem

[via Talking In Place]

The John Hruby Era came to a close last night for Perpetual Groove as the band bid farewell to their keyboardist for the past three years during a two-set NYE performance at Atlanta’s Center Stage. Hruby and former/new keyboardist Matt McDonald split time behind the keys with the exception of a few songs on which they shared duties. The second set started with a debut cover of Wake Up by Arcade Fire which also featured members of Under The Porch and “The Ladies of Perpetual Groove.” McDonald played guitar on Wake Up. For the encore, the band welcomed saxophonist Gary Paulo for Sweet Oblivious Antidote before saying goodbye to Hruby with a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends.

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