Thursday, December 31, 2009

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee 12.31.09 The Aragon Ballroom ~ Chicago, IL

Set One
Cemetery Walk > The Triple Wide, Divisions, Red Tape^, Headphones & Snocones^^, Mulche's Odyssey
Set Two

Jazz Odyssey* > "Jimmy Stewart"**, Hajimemashite, Ringo^, The Skunk, The Goose, & The Fly^, Bridgeless > Ocean Billy, Move Your Rug^$, 10th Avenue Freezeout^$$ > Bridgeless

Set Three
Much Obliged^ > Auld Lang Syne^, Hurt Bird Bath, Gulf Stream, Phil's Farm, Turn & Dub^%, Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You%%, Cemetery Walk II

1348, Reelin' In the Years^&

Prefuse 73 opened
^ with Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret horns
^^ with horns; with Mike Mirro on Marimba and Jake on percussion
* pre-recorded composition played over the PA
** with band on electronics and drum pads at Front of House
$ first time played, Jeff Coffin
$$ first time played, Bruce Springsteen
% first time played, original (re-mix by Michael G of Easy Star All Stars)
%% first time played, Frankie Valli; with Ryan on vocals
& first time played, Steely Dan

Video: Umphrey's Mcgee Nemo's Fat Bottomed Good Times 12.29.09 The Vic Theatre ~ Chicago, IL

An utterly entertaining and creative mashup, taking Umphrey's own 'Nemo' and mixing it with Zeppelin's 'Good Times, Bad Times' and the Queen classic 'Fat Bottomed Girls'.

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Hidden Track: A 12/30 Show For The Ages

Written by: Scott Bernstein

It all started on a cold winter night in Springfield, Massachusetts seventeen years ago, when Phish dusted off Timber Ho! and Ride Captain Ride to treat some of their die-hard fans to a special concert on the night before New Year’s. Ever since that time, December 30th has been the Phish national holiday – a night when you can expect bust outs and jams galore, a tradition that continued in a big way at the American Airlines Arena last night in Miami where Phish blew their proverbial load multiple times on December 30.

Usually an opener gives you some sort of sense of where things are going and the first Soul Shakedown Party of 3.0 told us to fasten our seat belts. It was the first of SEVEN bust outs the band would drop in the opening stanza, an unheard of figure. The venue was more crowded on night three so the roars the band would get as they broke something out would be extremely loud, something that seemed to push the band to greater heights. After the Soul Shakedown, Runaway Jim opener we got our second cover of the night courtesy of ZZ Top – an intense Jesus Just Left Chicago that gave Trey and Page large windows of opportunity to show off their skills. Trey in particular seemed to really enjoy toying with the tempo during his solo.

Mike Gordon has been going long with some of his 2009 cover selections including She Still Thinks I Care by George Jones in Hampton and When The Cactus Is In Bloom by Bill Monroe in Asheville. Tonight’s random Mike cover was the rollicking Dixie Cannonball by Hank Williams Sr. and it added to the madness we were witnessing. We were only four songs into the set and we’d seen three bust outs. Read more

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee 12.30.09 Aragon Ballroom ~ Chicago, IL

Set 1: Push the Pig* -> Miss Tinkle's Overture, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > 2x2, All Night Long^, Resolution > "Jimmy Stewart"^^

Set 2: Wappy Sprayberry -> Spires > Hangover, Made to Measure$, Lady Madonna$$, Higgins** > Wappy Sprayberry > Bright Lights

Encore: All In Time

Z-Trip opened
* with Professor Wormbog teases
^ with Jake on percussion
^^ with Mike "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou conducting
$ with Jeff Coffin on saxophone
$$ first time played, The Beatles; with Jeff Coffin
** with Start Me Up jam

Setlist: Furthur 12.30.09 Bill Gram Civic Center ~ San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Jam > Here Comes Sunshine > Bertha, Promised Land, Half Step Mississippi Uptown Toodleloo, Deep Elum Blues, Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, Cosmic Charlie

Set 2: Playin' in the Band> Jam> Eyes of The World> Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain>King Solomon's Marbles, Unbroken Chain, Standing on the Moon, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Donor Rap

Encore: Terrapin Station

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