Umphrey’s McGee’s Holiday Spectacular

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Photo © Doug

On Friday night, I went to see the Jake Cinniger / Brendan Bayliss Acoustic Christmas Show at the Vic. Getting to see the two front men for Umphrey’s McGee strip down to their acoustic side while a crowd of rowdy fans shouts requests is definitely my idea of a good time — this was my third year in a row in attendance…

The night usually serves as a simple fund raising event and this year’s was no exception. The ticket price is always a little high but it’s always worth it considering the show you’re seeing is considered unique for Umphrey’s McGee. I mean, anyone can attest to the fact that the band is nowhere near acoustic so it’s always been interesting to me to see how they take their epicness down to acousticness.

Quite interesting to consider the size of the venues, too — Schubas (2004), then Park West (2005), then the Vic (2006) — I really hope they don’t take this show to the Aragon next year.

Show highlights included a fantastic “Bullhead City” — the song that they’re meant to play acoustic — and a killer, killer version of “Bad Poker.” Here’s a random version of the song from the Archive

Doug went to the show and shared these photos; I didn’t have my camera with me so nothing to share from my view of the stage.

Anyone else go?

12 COMMENTS

  1. Always a good time. I actually enjoy Acoustic UM more than electric. GASP!

    The Skyline acoustic set from a couple years ago is still one of my favorites.

    The only low point of the night was “Song for Moses”. Worst song ever. Seriously!

  2. Always a good time. I actually enjoy Acoustic UM more than electric. GASP!

    The Skyline acoustic set from a couple years ago is still one of my favorites.

    The only low point of the night was “Song for Moses”. Worst song ever. Seriously!

  3. oh, and the Vic was the perfect sized venue. The upstairs wasn’t full at all. No worries about this graduating to the Riviera or anything next year.

    Also, it was a bargain at $20, when they also gave out a $5 beer coupon.

    Could you ask for more?

  4. oh, and the Vic was the perfect sized venue. The upstairs wasn’t full at all. No worries about this graduating to the Riviera or anything next year.

    Also, it was a bargain at $20, when they also gave out a $5 beer coupon.

    Could you ask for more?

  5. It was a fun show! no mention of Sugaree or Wish You Were Here. I Definetly wasn’t expecting to here Sugaree and it was a great surprise. Anyone know where i can find this show for download?

  6. It was a fun show! no mention of Sugaree or Wish You Were Here. I Definetly wasn’t expecting to here Sugaree and it was a great surprise. Anyone know where i can find this show for download?