Improv/Prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee stopped at The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT last night, and they were celebrating guitarist Brendan Bayliss turning the big 4-0. Umphrey’s was formed as a college band, so that they are still plugging away and playing packed rooms all these years later must be incredible for the Chicago-based rockers.Umphrey’s kicked off set on with a run from their intro song “Lucid State” into multi-part progressive rocker “Educated Guess”. Following that up with the rare ballad “Passing”, the band then kept things going with a huge “Domino Theory”. The set featured a couple of older UM songs in “Syncopated Strangers”, “The Fussy Dutchman”, and a pulsating version of “Morning Song”. Set one ended with a cover of Modest Mouse‘s “The Good Times Are Killing Me”, which found Bayliss on acoustic guitar. The band had only played the song once before, at a show where fans curated the setlist back in 2012.Following a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage with an epic “JaJunk” > “Upward” > “JaJunk” segment that immediately brought the energy back up. With a quick run through the rockin’ ballad “Loose Ends”, Umphrey’s then busted out the uptempo progressive song “Crucial Taunt” for the first time in 205 shows. The end of the show found the band in fine form, as they moved from jam launchpad “Utopian Fir” into a rare cover of “Driven To Tears” by The Police, before bringing things to a close with a dance-heavy version of electronic rager “The Triplewide”.For the encore, Umphrey’s played one of their most classic Bayliss-written tunes, “All In Time”, which featured the “Gravity’s Real” lyrical Jimmy Stewart segment that fans absolutely adore. Only played a handful of times by the band, the rare fan-favorite was the perfect way to end a night in celebration of Mr. Brendan Bayliss.In honor of the guitarist/lyricist’s birthday, the band presented him with a custom Chicago Cubs jersey with his name and the number “40” written on the back, which they showcased to the crowd at one point while toasting Bayliss on the stage. See below for the jersey the band gave Bayliss, as well as the full setlist from last night’s show at the Higher Ground, courtesy of allthings.umphrey’s.com. Umphrey’s McGee | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 8/11/2016Set 1: Lucid State > Educated Guess, Passing, Domino Theory, Syncopated Strangers > Final Word > Syncopated Strangers, The Fussy Dutchman, Morning Song, Gone for Good, The Good Times Are Killing MeSet 2: JaJunk > Upward > JaJunk, Loose Ends, Crucial Taunt, Utopian Fir > Driven to Tears > The Triple WideEncore: All In Time > Gravity’s Real > All In Time with Joel on vocals with Brendan on acoustic guitar[photo via @soundslike_age]
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