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04.26.2013 "UMBowl IV" Park West, Chicago, IL, USA

Quarter 1: FDR > Final Word[1], Amble On[2] > Rise To the Top[1] > Cut the Cable > Constellations[2] > Gravity's Real[1] > Fool's Gold[2]

Quarter 2: Orion[3], Cantina Band[4], No Diablo[2], Porch[5], Bullhead City[6], Hey, Hey What Can I Do[7], 2x2[6], Mean Mr. Mustard > Polythene Pam > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window > Golden Slumbers > Carry That Weight

Quarter 3: Stew Art Event

Quarter 4: Wappy Sprayberry[8] > Higgins[8] > Miss Tinkle's Overture[9] > Regulate[10] > Smell the Mitten[8] > Get Lucky > Puppet String[11]

Overtime: Running on Empty[12]


[1] debut, original; with vocals
[2] debut, original
[3] debut, Metallica
[4] with Imperial March (John Williams) teases
[5] debut, Pearl Jam
[6] Brendan and Jake on acoustics
[7] Brendan on mandolin and Jake on acoustic
[8] unfinished
[9] with Xxplosive (Dr. Dre) tease; unfinished
[10] with In the Kitchen teases
[11] ending
[12] debut, Jackson Browne

Notes:
first quarter was Raw Stewage, comprised of attendees' votes for past "Jimmy Stewarts": FDR (04.23.2003 FDR), Final Word (10.19.2005 Der Bluten Kat), Amble On (06.09.2006 Utopian Fir), Rise to the Top (10.12.2005 Making Flippy Floppy), Cut the Cable (11.05.2011 Ringo), Constellations (09.14.2012 Puppet String), Gravity's Reel (09.14.2012 All In Time), and Fool's Gold (11.18.2008 Water)
second quarter was comprised of attendees' votes, "All Request"
third quarter was a Stew Art event: Baby Making Music [with Jake lyrics, a la Michael McDonald] > Jazz/Metal Fusion > Sinister Evil Untz > Simply Ambient Bliss > Moogatize Us [with Jake on keys] > Gin and Juice [Snoop Dogg] > Beach Boogie > Bass n Drum + Joel > Warrior Marching Into Battle > Hillbilly Hoedown > Tribal Drum Jam [with Brendan, Jake, and Joel on percussion] > 70s Disco [with lyrics]
fourth quarter was in "choose your own adventure" style, with attendees voting for the next "adventure" live: Puppet String, 1348, or Wappy Sprayberry; Higgins, Eat, or Lenny; 40's Theme, Miss Tinkle's Overture, or Hangover; Regulate, Miss Gradenko, or Rastaman Chant; Kimble, Dear Lord, or Smell the Mitten; Roulette, Bad Poker, or Get Lucky; end of 1348, end of Puppet String, or end of Miss Tinkle's Overture
the between-quarters videos had a Forrest Gump - gUMph - theme, with the closing scene featuring Joel running across the country and into the venue
last FDR 04.23.2003 (1,256 shows)
last Cantina Band 12.31.2000 (1,604 shows)
last Mean Mr. Mustard 09.29.2010 (299 shows)
last Polythene Pam 09.29.2010 (299 shows)
last She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 09.29.2010 (299 shows)
last Golden Slumbers 09.29.2010 (299 shows)
last Carry That Weight 09.29.2010 (299 shows)
Purchase via UMLive: 04.26.2013, UMBowl IV at Park West, Chicago, IL

Reviews: 2 review(s)

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Review by teleskiguy, posted 02 June 2013 12:54 am EDT Permalink

Here's a link to a write up I did about this show:

http://teleskiguy.tumblr.com/post/49063263186/reflections-on-umbowl4

I rolled VIP, bought the hotel package 4 days before the show. I drove out from western Colorado by myself. Worth all the time and treasure! If you enjoy Umphrey's McGee in any capacity UMBowl is a beautiful thing if you can get in.

Here's my "Choose Your Own Adventure" votes.

1348 > Lenny > 40s Theme > Miss Gradenko > Smell the Mitten > Bad Poker > Puppet String

And I was a little baffled by "Lenny" losing to "Higgins." Hey UMPhreaks, the band has played "Higgins" a bunch, they hardly ever play "Lenny," one of the most beautiful rock songs ever composed. That's my one gripe about the show. Which is trivial because the whole damn evening was one of the best rock 'n' roll experiences I've been a part of.

Review by umphursmcgur, posted 30 April 2013 12:55 am EDT Permalink

Alright, this was a blast, definitely on my agenda for next year. Hoping for this to be the very of many umbowls.

Quarter 1 might have been my favorite. Really enjoyed the stews, gonna have to give it a listen again, can't remember which was my favorite. Really fun way to start out the show and brought out a lot of good dancing on my part, would keep this in this placement next year. Also, second time getting the cables cut after last new years, really enjoyed the down tempo version, probably more than the other. Was surprised at choices, would have preferred more older stews, felt like a lot were really recent, oh well, still a good time.

Quarter 2 was fun too, loved the Orion opener, but I admit a deep love for metal umphs. Cantina band was straight dance party, really glad this got picked too. Would love to see both of those enter rotation for their covers. No Diablo and Porch were fun if nothing else. I love Bullhead City, but it felt like it would have been much better if naturally placed in an acoustic set, still glad to have seen one, beautiful song if you ask me. I don't know who voted on 2x2 acoustic, but that just seemed awful to me, like a giant condom wrapped around an otherwise great song. Will have to give it another listen, it all looked so awkward with the big light show that usually accompanies the electric piece. Not as good as Quarter 1, but still fun. Next year I might suggest putting up some choices we've had in past Umbowls, I realize IVOY has already been voted in, but who wouldn't want another one after three years? As Quarter 1, great placement, fun to see all the bust outs and debuts right before halftime and right after the raw stewage.

Quarter 3 had some serious jamming go on, but it felt a little underwhelming for most of the time. 70s disco, hillbilly hoedown, jazz metal fusion and sinister evil untz were the highlights for me. Didn't much care at all for gin and juice, beach boogie or tribal drum jam. And the simply ambient music seemed like anything but, too much going on, too much energy on stage for that to take proper form it seemed. Again, relistens will provide some insight. I know this is one of the premier quarters, but I would consider dropping this next year if it's going to have as many stale moments as this year. Obviously if nothing else better can be thought up then don't, but I feel like if they kicked around enough ideas they could think of something better, or at the very least mix it up somehow to make it more fresh.

Quarter 4 was really fun, definitely best as the final quarter in my opinion. Decent song selection, but I have to wander why Miss Gradenko wasn't picked. And Higgins over Lenny OR Eat? Really? Also glad Miss Tinkles was picked over Hangover, still don't understand all the hate that song gets. Really enjoyed how they let every song have a good 5 to 10 minutes to breath and get fleshed out. Were you allowed to vote over and over? For some reason I thought everyone got one vote and everyone kept switching their votes. If not then I feel bad for the people that sat there texting over and over again, because after I voted once I was getting down to all those tastey jams they tacked onto every song. Really like the way this was handled, and the placement at the end seemed the most natural and was the best way to end the show if you ask me. It's either this or the first quarter that was my favorite, gonna have to get my hands on the soundboard to properly compare.

Overall great show, definitely worth the price. I think the quarter placement was spot on, particularly putting the raw stewage first to get the room moving and the choose your own adventure last to get everyone involved at the end, particularly with every song getting decent treatment. I cannot stress enough how awesome it was that they let everyone have time to vote and opened everything up that quarter. Next year put up some better options for the mail in ballots. I realize a lot of the best songs have been picked before or used on the ballots before, but they're going to have to put them up again eventually if they keep doing this year after year, might as well do it for the fifth time since that's generally considered a big number to hit. Would consider either dropping stewart event or modifying it in someway, was the low point of the show for me easily sans a few dancey moments.

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