Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was back in action on Saturday for their late-afternoon-into-early-evening performance at Levitate Music & Arts Festival. Following their concert at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion earlier in the week, the popular Grateful Dead-inspired rock band filled the air at the Marshfield, MA weekend event with a two-hour set of music on a hot summer’s day in New England.
JRAD’s nine-song performance at the festival on Saturday only consisted of one set rather than the usual two, and began with a cover of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” to launch attendees into the latter part of the day. “Shakedown Street” came next with Tom Hamilton leading the way on the funky 1978 tune, followed by “The Wheel”. The band played on the humidity that filled the air on Saturday with a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” before continuing with the Bob Weir/John Barlow classic “Estimated Prophet” as the performance reached its halfway point.
Next up was a pair of tunes from Dead members’ solo catalogs that eventually crossed over to the Dead, starting with their rendition of Jerry Garcia‘s “Loser” sung by Hamilton followed by a Weir’s “Black-Throated Wind” led by Scott Metzger. JRAD closed out their set with a pair of high-energy Dead originals starting with “Bertha” and closing with “Truckin'”.
Watch the band’s entire Saturday afternoon performance below.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Levitate Music & Arts Festival – 7/13/2019
Levitate Music & Arts Festival continues into Sunday with final day performances beginning at 12 p.m. EST. Head to the Live For Live Music Facebook to watch Sunday performances live via the event’s free webcast.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Levitate Music & Arts Festival | Marshfield, MA | 7/13/2019
Set: Man Smart, Woman Smarter (King Radio cover), Shakedown Street, The Wheel, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan cover), Estimated Prophet, Loser, Black-Throated Wind, Bertha, Truckin’*
* “Born Cross-Eyed” tease during song’s outro