Three of our favorite bands celebrated Halloween in their own ways last night. As we wipe the cobwebs from our eyes, we wanted to start the day by sharing the basics on each performance.
Umphrey’s celebrated Halloween at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland where the second set was an “All Night Wrong” affair in which fans voted on which covers the band would play. After a first set of originals, the second set started with the dream sequence of the Grateful Dead’s Help On The Way > Slipknot! > the Allman Brothers Band’s Jessica. Both Girlfriend Is Better (Talking Heads) and Fool In The Rain (Led Zeppelin) contained hearty jams before leading into a bit of the the theme to Halloween (the movie). Kris Myers handled vocals for covers of Forty Six and 2 by Tool and Yes’s Roundabout before UM debuted their take on Money For Nothing by Dire Straits. The sextet finished the set with their classic Another Brick In The Wall/Thriller mashup and kept the fan-voted antics going into the encore by performing Ophelia by The Band.
Set 2: Help On the Way > Slipknot! > Jessica, Girlfriend is Better -> Fool In The Rain > Halloween theme > Fool In The Rain, Forty Six & 2, Roundabout, Money For Nothing, Another Brick in the Wall/Thriller
 with Halloween theme (John Carpenter) teases
 debut, Dire Straits
The band played with masks (“The Mostly Dead Ex Presidents, A Vice President, and a First Lady”): Brendan was Bill Clinton, Jake was Ronald Reagan, Joel was Dick Cheney, Kris was Richard Nixon, Andy was Barack Obama, and Ryan was Hillary Clinton. The second set was an All Night Wrong performance, comprised entirely of fan voted cover songs. With Jessica tease before Girlfriend Is Better.
[via All Things Umphreys]
Warren Haynes and Co. promised a set of Hendrix classics and that’s just what took place at The Riviera in Chicago. Nearly all of the Jimi covers Mule performed during the second set were debuts. The band dug for deep cuts (One Rainy Wish, 1983…, Up From The Skies) as well as some of Jimi’s best-known hits (Crosstown Traffic, Castles Made of Sand, Axis: Bold As Love).
Set One: Blind Man In The Dark > World Boss > Larger Than Life > Gameface with Mountain Jam Tease, Fallen Down > The Other One Jam with Gimme Shelter Lyrics, Kind Of Bird with Get Up, Stand Up & The Wind Cries Mary Teases, Captured, Thorazine Shuffle
Set Two: Hendrix Interview, EXP* > Are You Experienced?*, Freedom*, One Rainy Wish*, Up From The Skies*, Crosstown Traffic*, Bleeding Heart (Peoples, Peoples, Peoples)*, Angel*, …And The Gods Made Love*, Castles Made Of Sand*, Stone Free* with 3rd Stone From The Sun Tease, Rainy Day, Dream Day/Still Raining, Still Dreaming* with Chris Neal, 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)* > Machine Gun (Instrumental) > 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be), Bold As Love*
Encore: Happy Birthday Jam, Sco-Mule with Chris Neal, Little Wing with Chris Neal
* First Time Played
For the second year in a row jamgrass act Greensky Bluegrass celebrated Halloween with a Totally Bitchin’ ’80s Dance Party. This year the show took place at The Independent in San Francisco where the band put their inventive spin on songs from Hall and Oates, Dire Straits, The Police, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and other hits from the ’80s.
Set One: Money for Nothing, Maneater, Still Rock and Roll to Me, The Power of Love, When Doves Cry, With or Without You > Where the Streets Have No Name, I Ran, Halloween Breakdown, Free Fallin’, Dancing in the Dark
Set Two: Beat It, Atlantic City, Rio, On the Road Again, Hungry Like the Wolf, Just Like Heaven, Driven to Tears, You Can Call Me Al, Could You Be Loved
Encore: Don’t Lie