Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was back at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Sunday for the final show of their three-night run at the historic concert venue. The band treated fans who braved the bone-chilling temperatures outside in continuing their tradition from Friday and Saturday nights, by welcoming a special guest to the stage, in addition to diving deep into the early catalogue for some primal Dead cuts with one more Sunday night in Port Chester.

The show began with the band wasting no time in tearing into the groovy flow of “Althea”, with Tom Hamilton on vocals. Scott Metzger continued getting everyone warmed up with a first set Bob Weir cowboy tune for the third consecutive night, courtesy of his lively rendition of John Phillips‘ “Me & My Uncle”, which featured a blistering organ solo courtesy of Marco Benevento. Next came the classic combination of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider”, with the band and audience unleashing waves of nearly-uncontrollable energy by the time the latter half of the transition began. They continued in tearing into “Cream Puff War”, the Dead’s counterculture-era anthem from their 1967 debut, followed by “Let It Grow” to end the first set.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set One Opener – 1/20/2019

[Video: Relix]

The band returned to the stage to start the second half of the show with “Here Comes Sunshine”, a track from 1973’s Wake of the Flood, followed by a 15-minute, gradually-climactic “Playing in the Band”. They then returned to the Wake of the Flood tracklisting for a 20-minute, energizing rendition of “Eyes Of the World”. The band’s dance party continued into a loose and colorful performance of “Dancin’ In the Streets”, only to bring the audience back down to earth with “He’s Gone”. The energy didn’t stay down for long however, as the room’s decibel level charged right back up for “Sugar Magnolia” into “Sunshine Daydream” combo, followed by a brief instrumental version of “We Big You Goodnight”.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set Two Opener – 1/20/2019

[Video: Relix]

Just as they’d done during the encore on the first two night’s of their Capitol Theatre run, the band returned to the stage alongside the show’s opener, who on Sunday was guitarist/singer, Chris Harford. Just as they’d done at LOCKN’ last summer, Harford helped JRAD perform a pair of Neil Young covers, which on this night featured “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” and “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”. Fans can tune into the show’s audio below to hear the thrilling encore, as well as the entire performance from Sunday.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Full Show Audio – 1/20/2019

[Audio: nico11104]

Sunday night’s performance marked the end of a big first weekend to start what should be another huge year of growth for Joe Russo and the boys. The band will pick things up again next month with their next performance scheduled for February 14th at the Tabernacle Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Fans can click here for tickets to shows on their 2019 tour schedule.

Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 1/20/2019

Set One: Althea (Grateful Dead cover), Me & My Uncle (The Mamas and the Papas cover) > China Cat Sunflower (Grateful Dead cover) > I Know You Rider (traditional blues cover) > Cream Puff War (Grateful Dead cover) > Let It Grow (Grateful Dead cover)

Set Two: Here Comes Sunshine (Grateful Dead cover) > Playin’ In the Band (Bob Weir cover) > Eyes Of the World (Grateful Dead cover) > Dancin’ In the Streets (Martha Reeves and The Vandellas cover) > He’s Gone (Grateful Dead cover) > Sugar Magnolia (Grateful Dead cover) > Sunshine Daydream (Grateful Dead cover) > We Bid You Goodnight** (traditional)

Encore: Words (Between the Lines of Age)* (Neil Young cover), Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere* (Neil Young cover)
*with Chris Harford
** Instrumental Only