Voodoo Dead made their triumphant return on Wednesday night at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA where they were joined by moe. guitarist Al Schnier for the entire performance.
Comprised of lead guitarist Steve Kimock, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), New Orleans’ king of bass, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), and drummer John Morgan Kimock (Mike Gordon Band), Voodoo Dead intertwines the spirit of New Orleans with the vibe of the Grateful Dead. What started as a NOLA Jazz Fest collaboration in 2015 has transformed into a world-touring Dead fan-favorite.
The group kicked things off with three Dead tracks, “Loose Lucy”, “Bertha”, and “Black Muddy River” before a jam section led to a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Big River”. A cover of the seasonally-appropriate “Mardi Gras Mambo”, originally sung by Art Neville with The Hawketts, followed. The group closed out their first set with a take on The Young Rascals‘ “Good Lovin'”.
Set two began with the classic Dead segue, “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!”, before a take on Cannon’s Jug Stompers‘ “Big Railroad Blues”. The Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter-penned “They Love Each Other” sat in the middle of set two. Then, a massive “New Speedway Boogie” and Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Smokestack Lightning” segue ensued, which contained a “New Speedway Boogie” reprise. A cover of The Crickets‘ “Not Fade Away” ended the two-set show in proper Grateful Dead fashion.
Watch a full pro-shot video of Voodoo Dead at the Ardmore Music Hall below.
Voodoo Dead ft. Al Schnier – 2/5/20 – Full Video [Pro-Shot]
Voodoo Dead will head to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY tonight (2/6) before heading to Japan for three shows on February 9th, 11th, and 12th. Click here for tickets and more tour information.
Setlist: Voodoo Dead | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 2/5/20
Set One: Loose Lucy (Grateful Dead), Bertha (Grateful Dead), Black Muddy River (Grateful Dead), Jam, Big River (Johnny Cash), Mardi Gras Mambo (The Hawketts), Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals)
Set Two: Help on the Way (Grateful Dead) > Slipknot! (Grateful Dead) > Big Railroad Blues (Cannon’s Jug Stompers), They Love Each Other (Jerry Garcia), New Speedway Boogie (Grateful Dead) > Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf) > New Speedway Boogie Reprise, Not Fade Away (The Crickets)
Notes: Full show featured Al Schnier (moe.) on guitar