Alecia Chakour Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead At Sunshine Music Festival


Over the weekend the 2017 Sunshine Music Festival was held in Florida at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed vocalist Alecia Chakour of Tedeschi Trucks Band during both of their Sunshine Music Festival sets.

Chakour was on hand Friday in St. Pete and Saturday in Boca to also perform with the headlining TTB. She emerged at Vinoy Park to augment JRAD’s rendition of the blues standard “Turn On Your Lovelight.” Chakour also sat-in at Mizner Park Amphitheater, handling lead vocals on a performance of the Dead’s Pigpen-penned rarity “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion).”

Watch a clip of “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)” from Saturday night in Boca Raton shared by JRAD:

Here’s audience-shot footage of JRAD playing “Cumberland Blues” in St. Petersburg Friday night captured by Eric Beringer:

Setlists (via JRAD/Pete Costello)

January 14

Set: Jam -> Reuben & Cerise (TH) -> Eyes of the World (TH) -> Turn on Your Lovelight (AC), Alligator (SM) -> Cumberland Blues @ (All) > Shakedown Street (TH) -> Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) -> Jam # -> One More Saturday Night

  • AC is Alecia Chakour (TTB) on Lead Vocals
  • @ – With a “Duo Jam”, a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB) & Ruben & Cherise Teases/Jam (TH & Band)
  • # – Contained elements of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin) from MB & One More Saturday Night (TH)

January 15

Set: Feel Like A Stranger (SM) -> China Cat Sunflower (TH) -> I Know You Rider (All) -> Jam @ -> Jack Straw (SM & TH) -> Jam -> St. Stephen (TH) > Sugar Magnolia/SSDD (SM) > Fire On the Mountain # (TH), The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC), Samson & Delilah (SM)

  • AC is Alecia Chakour (TTB) on Lead Vocals
  • @ – With Thrownin’ Stones Teases (MB, then Band)
  • # – With a Unknown Tease (MB)
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