Back in 2013, Camp Bisco delivered a powerful jam-centric lineup for it’s final edition at Indian Lookout Country Club. Featuring a trio of heavy hitters in The Disco Biscuits, STS9, and Umphrey’s McGee on the festival’s opening night, fans were raging and ready to go when gates opened on Thursday, July 11th 2013. However, word spread quickly that Umphrey’s bassist Ryan Stasik would be absent for the show, as his wife was in labor and giving birth to their first-born child. With a “what the fuck” attitude, Umphrey’s took the stage without any word on who would fill in for Stasik, and it turned out that they had three guest bassists in tow, along with and a slew of fan-favorites, treating fans to a one-of-a-kind performance.
As Umphrey’s took the stage, fans were excited to see David Murphy, aka “Murph,” tagging along. The bass player, who was still in STS9 at this point in time, actually started the show for the band, dropping the bass intro of the progressive/dance rocker “Wappy Spraybery,” which wound its way into a down and dirty dub-version of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”. After the fun one-two punch to kick things off, Murph stayed on stage for one more song, another bass-heavy dance favorite in “The Triple Wide”.
After bidding goodbye to Murph, another familiar face replaced him on the bass, with Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits joining the band for a classic take on “In The Kitchen”. Brownie loves “ITK,” and has performed the song with the band on numerous occasions, and the Biscuits even performed the song at a stop in Chicago at The Vic Theatre back in 2006. Brownie pulled the song off expertly, and fit right in on stage with Umphrey’s. Following a fun run through “Partyin’ Peeps”, Brownie waved to the side of the stage, and out walked Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig, with his guitar around his neck, and ready to rage. Soon, the beautiful build-up of “Home Again” was coming out of the speakers, and the crowd started going crazy for the uplifting Disco Biscuits classic. Umphrey’s last performed “Home Again” on 5/5/2006, making for an insane 837 show bust-out in front of the Camp Bisco faithful.
Watch Umphrey’s McGee, Marc Brownstein, and Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig perform “Home Again” at Camp Bisco on 7/11/2013, courtesy of YouTube user Johnny Nick.
Umphrey’s McGee, Marc Brownstein, Jon Gutwillig — “Home Again” — Camp Bisco — 7/11/2013
After Brownie and Barber said their goodbyes, it was Bryan Doherty from Digital Tape Machine who filled in the bass slot for the remainder of the show, with the Chicago native crushing it on “The Linear”, followed by a funky version of “Booth Love” that featured an amazing solo from tDB’s Aron Magner on keytar.
To say that this show was special would be an understatement, not to mention the raging sets by STS9 (who were touring their pyramid-based Great Cycle Spectacle at the time) and The Disco Biscuits that followed. See below for full setlist details (courtesy of allthings.umphrey’s.com) from this unique day in Umphrey’s McGee history.
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Camp Bisco, Mariaville, NY – 7/11/13
One Set: Wappy Sprayberry > Breathe, The Triple Wide, In The Kitchen, Partyin’ Peeps, Home Again, The Linear, Booth Love
 with David Murphy on bass
 with David Murphy on bass; dub version
 with David Murphy on bass; “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics
 with Marc Brownstein on bass
 with Marc Brownstein on bass and vocals and Jon Gutwillig on guitar and vocals
 with Bryan Doherty on bass
 with Bryan Doherty on bass, and with Aron Magner joining Joel on keytars
entire show without Ryan Stasik
Main 1 Stage
last Home Again 05.05.2006 (837 shows)
[Originally published 7/11/2016]