Return of 30db – Bayliss & Austin + Van Ghost in Chicago

After nearly a year between performances, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band and Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee brought back their 30db project last night at The Abbey Pub in Chicago. The pair, who are working on new material, debuted a taste of their most recent work and played plenty of tunes from 2010’s One Man Show as well as a few covers during the acoustic performance.

[Photo of Van Ghost & 30db – I Shall Be Released by Elise McRoberts]

HT faves Van Ghost started the evening with an acoustic performance (all acoustic guitars plus electric bass and a small drum kit) that also featured new material. Van Ghost debuted originals 3 Sides To The Story and If It Ain’t Crazy, It Ain’t Love during their set and performed a bluegrass arrangement of Modern Day Love Affair. For their final song, the members of Van Ghost welcomed Bayliss and Austin up to the stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm with a cover of I Shall Be Released.


Van Ghost 

Set: Domino Effect, Burden, Cage, Everyday Music, 3 Sides To The Story, Fortune Teller, Modern Day Love Affair,  If It Ain’t Crazy, Then It Ain’t Love, I Shall Be Released (featuring Jeff/Brendan)


Set: Grave, Susanah, Easy Rocker(?), new song, Fly By, Cut the Cable, Backfire, Instrumental in D > One Man Show, Something’s Got To Give, Backbone, One More, Good Times Are Killing Me, Liar, Jesus Grant Me Mercy > Lick #6

Encore: Return Item, Used To Love Her, Always Up

[Unconfirmed Setlist via The Bort]

30db also had a musical tribute in store for their set, as they honored MCA by covering Something’s Got To Give by the Beastie Boys. The pair also covered Used To Love Her by Guns N’ Roses and Modest Mouse’s The Good Times Are Killing Me, which UM debuted at April’s “Bill Graham For A Day” concert. Also of note, Bayliss and Austin unveiled a song called Cut The Cable which is based on a “Jimmy Stewart” segment from Umphrey’s McGee’s performance of Ringo on November 5, 2011. There’s no future shows currently scheduled for 30db, while Van Ghost’s next gig is at the Summer Camp Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend.

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