Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a new pro-shot video as part of their semi-regular “RAD Tracks” series. The latest selection comes from the band’s second of two performances at New Orleans, LA’s Mardi Gras World Ballroom on May 5th, 2018, when they weaved in and out of “Cumberland Blues” and “Big River” during the heart of the second set.
Set two saw Joe Russo’s Almost Dead take the blues heritage of New Orleans to heart with tried-and-true tunes like “Foolish Heart”, “New Minglewood Blues”, and Bob Dylan‘s “Tell Me, Momma”. The highlight of the show came next as the band dove into “Cumberland Blues”, marking the first time JRAD took “Cumberland” into deep improvisational territory. Marco Benevento dazzled the sold-out crowd with some electric, jazz piano work, as Dave Dreiwitz ran up and down the neck of his bass across the stage. The quintet raced forward, weaving in and out of “Cumberland” and “Big River”.
For the encore, the band welcomed a special guest, guitarist Nick Bockrath of Cage The Elephant, who played the Fest fairgrounds earlier in the day. Bockrath stuck around for both “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” and “Franklin’s Tower”.
Check out pro-shot video of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s massive “Cumberland Blues” > “Big River” mashup from New Orleans below:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Cumberland Blues” > “Big River”
[Video: JoeRussos AlmostDead]
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Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Mardi Gras World Ballroom | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/2018
Set One (9:31PM – 10:52PM):
01. Casey Jones >
02. Let It Grow @ ->
03. Jam # ->
04. Bird Song $ ->
05. Greatest Story Ever Told >
06. Dancing In The Streets >
Set Two (11:28PM – 1:10AM):
01. Foolish Heart % ->
02. New Minglewood Blues ^ ->
03. Jam ->
04. China Cat Sunflower & ->
05. Tell Me Mama ->
06. Cumberland Blues Jam * -> Big River Jam I + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Jam II + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Refrain I + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Refrain + II -> Cumberland Blues Reprise @@
07. Candyman ## >
08. Music Never Stopped
09. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad $$ %% ->
10. Franklin’s Tower $$
@ – With a “Ten Years Gone” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (Band)
# – With elements of “My Favorite Things” (Rodgers and Hammerstein) and Teases of Let It Grow & Bird Song
$ – With a Marco Solo & a Duo Jam
% – With China->Rider Transition Teases (MB & TH)
^ – With a Throwing Stones Tease (TH)
& – With a Let It Grow (I think) Tease (TH)
* – With a Marco Solo, first time Cumberland has appeared as a Jam. Basically they started Cumberland, it morphed into a Marco Solo, which became a Big River Jam & then they sung the lyrics of Cumberland.
+ – Partial Instrumental & Refrain versions of a Johnny Cash Cover, First time Played in this style () by Almost Dead
@@ Not Played By Almost Dead since 2017-10-06 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 29 shows
## – With a “Revelry” (Traditional) Tease (SM)
$$ – With Nick Bockrath (Cage the Elephant) on guitar for both songs & vocals on GDTRFB
%% – Without the traditional instrumental We Bid You Goodnight ending. It segued directly into Franklin’s
Fans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.
Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (technically early AM 4/28)
Artist: Live For Live Music & 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest Present: GHOST LIGHT
Venue: Republic NOLA – 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tickets: Early-Bird – $20 (limited quantity) / Tier 1 – $22.50 (limited quantity / Tier 2 – $25
Time: 2:00 AM
For more information, head here.