On Friday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performed a headlining set at Atlanta, GA’s SweetWater 420 Fest, held at the city’s Centennial Olympic Park. The evening also saw performances by The Avett Brothers, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, JJ Grey & Mofro, Rebelution, Billy Strings and more.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened up their single set show with an exploratory, open-ended jam, which led way into “Jack Straw”. The quintet smoothly segued out of “Jack Straw” into “Dancing in The Streets”, which featured a tasty Dave Dreiwitz bass solo, along with a tease of “Here Comes Sunshine”. JRAD moved into “Uncle John’s Band”, as Joe Russo and Marco Benevento took their opportunity to jam on “Becky” with their bandmates, a tune from Benevento Russo Duo‘s catalog. The five-piece added an extra layer to last night’s “Uncle John’s Band” with a “Playing In The Band” tease before Russo kicked up the tempo.
The band charged forward with an exploratory segue of “Help On The Way” -> “Slipknot” -> “The Eleven”, highlighted by guitarists Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger tearing it up, as they showered the crowd with mind-bending solos on their six strings. Joe Russo’s Almost dead kept on chugging with a tease lathered rendition of “Truckin'”, featuring snippets of “New Speedway Boogie”, “The Eleven” and “The Other One”. The quintet kept in the theme of “The Other One”, as Russo crashed into the song’s opening drum breakdown, with Dreiwitz ferociously holding down the low end. The teases kept coming as the band segued into “Eyes Of The World”, which included elements of Young-Holt Unlimited‘s “Soulful Strut”, “The Eleven”, and the second “Here Comes Sunshine” tease of the night. JRAD brought their one-set blowout to a close with “Brown Eyed Women”.
Head to the 3:32 mark of the video below to watch Friday night’s Joe Russo’s Almost Dead set:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – SweetWater 420 Fest – 4/19/2019
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Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/19/2019
Set: Jam -> Jack Straw > Dancing in The Streets @ -> Uncle Johns Band # > Help On The Way $ -> Slipknot -> The Eleven -> Truckin % -> The Other One -> Eyes Of The World ^ -> Brown Eyed Women
@ – With a DD Solo and a Here Comes Sunshine Tease (Band)
# – With a Playin in the Band Tease (Band) and a “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) Jam
$ – With a “Myxomatosis” (Radiohead) Tease (Band)
% – With a New Speedway Boogie Tease (MB), The Eleven Teases (MB then TH) and a The Other One Tease (TH)
^ – With a “Soulful Strut” (Young-Holt Unlimited) Tease (MB), The Eleven Tease (Band), a DD Solo and Here Comes Sunshine Teases (TH & Band)