Umphrey’s McGee Rocks Final 2018 Hometown Show At Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda The first annual Big Weekend event wrapped up last night in Chicago. The idea behind the event’s inception was to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the city, while spreading bands out across various venues. With Umphrey’s McGee not playing their hometown of Chicago nearly as much as fans would like, last night’s Umphrey’s show at the Aragon Ballroom was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the Big Weekend.Perhaps in a nod to their favorite city, they opened up with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Dump City.” Following “Maybe Someday”, “Spires” was up next and stretched out slightly, which Umphrey’s fans will always welcome considering most versions barely exceed the four-minute mark. “Syncopated Strangers,” a song that almost always contains some sort of unique bridge, opted for an easy “Bright Lights Big City” jam in place of any cohesive improvisation. All in all, the first set was a solid 70 minutes of UM, with the band evidently feeling at home.The second set opened up with an unusually placed “Forks,” but from there, Umphrey’s McGee upped the ante and took the jamming to the next level. Fan favorite (and quintessential UM Chicago song) “In the Kitchen” had some very danceable jamming that went deep, as the band extended the jam, eventually ending up in “Half Delayed.” Despite what the band had planned on the stage setlist, they never returned to the ending of “In the Kitchen.” Sing-along “Women Wine & Song” graced the middle of the set, and the straightforward song had a tasty jam that segued into “Rocker 2.” A frenetic and high-energy “August” closed out the second set.For the third time of the band’s three-night weekend run, they encored with a cover, this time with Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” A raucous applause erupted from the crowd as the band thanked the audience for their continued support. As people began to exit the venue, with many heading towards the Spafford late night show to finish the Big Weekend, the gratitude for the hometown Chicago show was palpable among the UMphreaks.You can check out a gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show last night at Chicago, IL’s Aragon Ballroom below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018Set One: Dump City, Maybe Someday, Spires > Partyin’ Peeps, Seasons, Slacker, Syncopated Strangers[1]Set Two: Forks, In the Kitchen > Half Delayed, Roctopus, Women, Wine & Song > Rocker 2, August[2]Encore: Live and Let Die[1] w/BLBC jam[2] dedicated to South BendUmphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018 | Photo: Daniel Ojedacenter_img Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more