On Thursday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened up their three-night Texas run with a performance at House Of Blues Dallas.
The band—comprised of drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, guitarists Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger, and bassist Dave Dreiwitz—opened up their first set with a debut, “Might As Well”, which was also played in the opening slot of the first set when the Grateful Dead debuted the tune in 1976. JRAD smoothly segued out of “Might As Well” into “Playing In The Band”, which was followed up by “Althea”. The quintet moved forward with a tease-filled “Greatest Story Ever Told” featuring licks of “Playin'” and “Tennessee Jed”. Following a tender take on “Row Jimmy”, JRAD brought the first set to a close with an explosive “King Solomon’s Marbles”.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set 1 Opener – 9/12/2019
Following a brief set break, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to open their second set with a sandwiched “Loser” in between an exploratory improvisational jam. Moving out of the second segment of the jam, the five-piece dove into “The Eleven”, highlighted by some firey interplay between Hamilton and Metzger. “The Eleven” coasted into “Viola Lee Blues”, which allowed Dreiwitz to dazzle the crowd with a solo that included a tease of James Whitcomb Riley‘s “Shortnin’ Bread”. JRAD smoothly segued out of “Viola” into “Franklin’s Tower” before Benevento showered the crowd with a tease of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Jessica” and a soaring solo. The quintet moved forward with “Truckin'” and a “Born Cross Eyed” jam before closing out the superb set with “U.S. Blues”. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to deliver a lone encore of “New Minglewood Blues”.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set 2 Opener – 9/12/2019
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continues their three-night Texas run tonight, Friday, September 13th at House of Blues Houston, which will be followed by a performance on Saturday, September 14th at Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
For a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | House Of Blues | Dallas, TX | 9/12/2019
Set One: Might As Well @ -> Playing In The Band > Althea, Greatest Story Ever Told # -> Row Jimmy, King Solomon’s Marbles
Set Two: Jam -> Loser -> Jam -> The Eleven > Viola Lee Blues $ > Franklin’s Tower % -> Marco Solo -> Truckin ^ -> Born Cross Eyed Jam -> US Blues
Encore: New Minglewood Blues
@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead
# – Unfinished, with an unknown Tease (SM), Playin’ Teases (TH & MB), a Tennessee Jed Tease (Band),
$ – With a DD Solo that included a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease
% – With a “Jessica” (Allman Brothers Band) Tease (MB)
^ – With a “How Many More Times” (Led Zeppelin/Howlin Wolf) Jam and Teases (Band) and a Greatest Story Jam