Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Live At The Capitol Theatre

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bill themselves as a Grateful Dead cover band, but they’re so much more than that.

They’re a collective of musicians that can do anything–and I mean anything.

I caught two of the band’s three sold-out shows (1/13, 1/14) at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester the other night and they were in mind-blowing form.

JRAD plays the music of the Dead with technical exactitude, but they also bring in an improvisational brilliance that gives each number a new spin.

The Band:

Joe Russo – drums

Tom Hamilton  – Guitar & Vocals

Scott Metzger – Guitar & vocals

Dave Dreiwitz – Bass (bassist for WEEN)

Marco Benevento – keyboards

Show #138

Set One:

  1. Samson and Delilah
  2. China Cat Sunflower
  3. Rubin and Cherise
  4. Truckin’
  5. Tennessee Jed
  6. Greatest Story Ever Told

Set Two:

  1. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
  2. Bertha
  3. Mr. Charlie
  4. Eyes of the World
  5. Cumberland Blues
  6. Dancing in the Street

Encore:

She Does It Right

Chinatown Shuffle

The following notes from show #137 is taken from the band’s Facebook page and features extensive notes from the band.

Show #137
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
2017-01-13
Night Two of Three
SOLD OUT ~ THANK YOU!

Set One (9:00PM – 10:19PM) 
Scarlet Begonias ->
Sugaree @ ->
Fire On The Mountain # ->
Good Lovin $ -> 
They Love Each Other %
Pride Of Cucamonga ^
Playing In The Band

Set Two (10:54PM – 12:40AM)
Row Jimmy ->
Jam & ->
Lady With A Fan & + ->
Terrapin Station & ->
I Need A Miracle @@ ->
Your Time Is Gonna Come ## ->
Ramble On Rose
Music Never Stopped $$ 
Cats Under The Stars %% ->
GDTRFB ^^ ->
We Bid You Goodnight &&

Enc:
Marco Solo ->
The Festival ** ->
I Know You Rider ++

@ – With an “I’m The Only One” (Melissa Ethridge) Tease & a Fire On the Mountain Tease (TH)
# – With Sugaree Lyrics (TH)
$ – With a short Fire On the Mountain Jam
% – With a Shakedown Tease (Band)
^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead. JR vocals 
& – With Playin & Terrapin Teases (TH)
* – I’m going to start labeling Terrapin part-by-part. “Lady With A Fan” goes from “Let my inspiration flow” to “ but he cannot be bought or sold“ and “Terrapin Station” goes from “Inspiration, move me brightly” to “and the whistle is screaming: TERRAPIN“. On this night, the second part of the “Suite” including “”Terrapin”, “Terrapin Transit”, “At a Siding”, “Terrapin Flyer” & “Refrain” was not played at this show
+ – With a Marco Solo
@@ – with a “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic) tease (TH)
## – First Time Played by Almost Dead. JR vocals. Partial version of a Led Zeppelin cover, 1st verse & chorus were sung. 
$$ – With a Fire On the Mountain Tease (TH)
%% – With a “Duo Jam” and a “Hey Bulldog” (The Beatles) Jam (Band)
^^ – With Mountain Jam Teases (TH & then MB)
&& – Traditional instrumental ending to GDTRFB, with a short Cold Rain & Snow Jam (Band)
** – Chuck Berry cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead. MB vocals 
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/chuck+b…/festival_20202543.html
++ – With a Morning Dew Tease (TH)