Each December for the past ten years Umphrey’s McGee guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss have played a special acoustic holiday show in Chicago. This year’s Acoustic Holiday Show took place last night at Park West, where the pair delivered their usual mix of unplugged UM originals, holiday favorites and interesting covers. They even brought out Umphrey’s keyboardist Joel Cummins to lend his skills to a batch of tunes and welcomed old friend Mike Racky to add pedal steel at points.
[Photo by @unmusings]
Both Cinninger and Bayliss had chances to show off their multi-instrumental prowess. Brendan played mandolin on a cover of Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay and Susannah – a tune from his 30db project with Jeff Austin. Later in the night Bayliss took to the piano for Christmas Time Is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as covers of Karma Police by Radiohead and Gram Parson’s She. Cinninger handled bass duties for the Otis Redding cover and UM original Hangover. Also of note, the duo worked Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky into their own August to close out the main set.
We’ve compiled some of the videos that have surfaced from the event:
Watch August > Goodbye Blue Sky > August thanks to aquateen777…
And check out this clip of the acoustic Hajimemashite…
From the encore here’s Life By The Drop (Stevie Ray Vaughan)…
Here’s the setlist from last night’s show via The Bort…
Set: Puppet String, Gulf Stream, Nothing Too Fancy > No Comment > White Pickle, Uncle Wally* > Dear Lord*, Rocker*, Black Water*, End of the Road*&, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)*&%@, Susannah*&%, Hajimemashite*, Christmas Time is Here (instrumental, solo BB)##, Karma Police (Radiohead, solo BB)##, She (Gram Parsons)&##, August > Goodbye Blue Sky (instrumental, Pink Floyd) > August
Encore: Life by the Drop (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Women Wine and Song > Hangover@, Night Moves (Bob Seger)&
* w/ Joel on keys
& w/ Mike Racky on pedal steel
% w/ Bayliss on Mandolin
@ w/ Jake on bass
## BB on keys
In the past, recordings of these “no tapers allowed” affairs haven’t circulated, so we aren’t getting our hopes up that we’ll be able to hear what went down last night. This year’s show benefited Snow City Arts to support their music and arts education for hospitalized children.