Photo Credit: Charlie Timberlake

Last night, Jan. 19, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their 25th-anniversary celebration with a sold-out appearance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. The Thursday night get-down featured the venue’s owner and veteran concert producer, Peter Shapiro, delivering a bowling pin to the band and leading the crowd through a lively rendition of “Happy Birthday To You” in honor of the occasion. Previously in the night, the group dusted off a cover of Billy Cobham’s “Red Baron” for the first time in 1,761 shows. 

The show got underway, with the band working through “Educated Guess,” a number that initially appeared on their 2014 release, Similar Skin. Then they visited their recently shared material, landing on “Hiccup” for only the third time. In continuation of the night, the first set brought forth a staggering rendition of “Kabump,” which clocked in at over 17 minutes, before adding in “Liquid,” which was last performed on August 24, 2019. After the bust out, UM delivered “Domino Theory” before they capped the night’s first frame with “Slacker.” 

After the set break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the fabled stage and cut into the concert’s second half with “Der Bluten Kat,” propelled by drummer Kris Myers. The song bled over into a crowd-rousing take on “The Fuzz,” which inevitably saw the band return to their second set opener to close out the jam. “Miami Virtue” was played next before the group sextet dusted off Cobham’s “Red Baron.” 

To follow, they unleashed “No Comment,” segued into the final song of the second set, an extended take on “Pay The Snucka.” During the band’s encore, they brought out Shapiro, who presented UM with a bowling pin and commented on the shows they had played at his venues, including Wetland Preserve. Then, the billed performers ran through a closing take on “The Fussy Dutchman” and “Booth Love,” which featured hints of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” 

View the complete setlist below.

Umphrey’s McGee 

Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn 

Jan. 19, 2023

Set I: Educated Guess, Hiccup, Kabump > 2×2 > Liquid > Domino Theory > Slacker

Set II: Der Bluten Kat-> The Fuzz, Der Bluten Kat, Miami Virtue-> Red Baron, No Comment  > Pay the Snucka

Enc.: The Fussy Dutchman[1] > Booth Love[2]

Footnotes: 

[1] with Happy Birthday (trad.) teases

[2] with Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) jam and quotes

Show Notes:

Last Red Baron 2023-01-19 (1,761 shows)

Before The Fussy Dutchman, venue owner Pete Shapiro led the crowd in “Happy Birthday” for the band