At the end of August, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to the highly anticipated LOCKN’ Festival at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Scheduled for two sets across Thursday and Friday, for their first set of the weekend, the band delivered a characteristically high-octane performance, opening up the late-night stage for the first time at this year’s festival. Reimagining classic Grateful Dead tunes, the band opened with an extended jam that eventually found its way into “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” before segueing through “Easy Wind”.

A stand-alone “Row Jimmy” followed, featuring teases of “Dark Star” before the band intertwined “Let It Grow” and “Dancing In The Streets”, the latter featuring a stellar solo from bassist Dave Dreiwitz in addition to teases of Led Zeppelin and Herbie Hancock. Next up was a vibrant take on “Estimated Prophet” before one of the major highlights of the set—a rendition of Neil Young‘s “Hippie Dream”, which featured Chris Harford on vocals and guitar. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead revived the Neil Young cover after a gap of 80 shows, with “Hippie Dream” last performed in fall of 2016 during a show at the band’s frequent venue of choice, Brooklyn Bowl. To close out their first set of the weekend, the band offered up a heartfelt rendition of “Morning Dew”, which recalled “Let It Grow” earlier in the set and featured teases of the group’s standout Radiohead cover, “Everything In Its Right Place”.

You can listen to soundboard audio from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead first performance at LOCKN’ 2018 below, courtesy of Peter Costello and Eric McRoberts.

 

Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24/2018

Set: Jam -> Golden Road -> Easy Wind, Row Jimmy @, Let It Grow # -> Dancing In The Streets $ -> Estimated Prophet > Hippie Dream % > Morning Dew ^

@ – With a Dark Star Tease (TH)
# – With a Dancing Tease (SM)
$ – With multiple Let It Grow Teases (TH, Band, TH again) a DD Bass Solo, a “We’re Gonna Groove” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (JR) a “Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Herbie Hancock) Tease (MB & JR)
% – With Chris Harford on Vocals & guitar, Neil Young Cover, not played by Almost Dead since 2016-10-08, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY a gap of 80 shows
^ – With an “Everything In Its Right Place” (Radiohead) Tease (MB) and a Let It Grow Tease (TH)