Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Teams With Stuart Bogie At Frost Amphitheater


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead concluded a two-night swing through California with a performance at the recently renovated Frost Amphitheater on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto on Saturday night. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie augmented the quintet throughout the concert just as he did one night earlier in Los Angeles. The show was drummer Joe Russo‘s 200th performance with JRAD.

The six-piece kicked off their Frost Amphitheater debut with their first ever cover of “Morning In Marin,” a song from Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’ 1971 album, Hooteroll?. Next, Scott Metzger led the group through “Feel Like A Stranger” and “I Need A Miracle” with a well-jammed “St. Stephen” in between. A rowdy “Jack Straw” and pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” that saw Bogie move from sax to flute ended the first set.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Stuart Bogie got the second set underway with an expansive “Estimated Prophet” and gorgeous “Mission In The Rain.” From there, Bogie showed off his clarinet skills on a raucous “Cumberland Blues” and Marco Benevento took a powerful organ solo in “Viola Lee Blues.” Then, Stuart shined on sax during “Franklin’s Tower” before the band traversed exploratory jam spaces in “Throwing Stones” before Tom Hamilton sang a beautiful version of “Standing On The Moon.” For the encore, two additional horn players augmented Bogie to form a three-man horn section for the JRAD debut of “C.C. Rider,” which was played more akin to Elvis Presley’s cover than the Grateful Dead’s version.

Watch video of the entire concert captured by Must Have Media:


Joe Russo's Almost Dead at Frost Amphitheater

Set 1
  • Morning in Marin  
  • Feel Like a Stranger  
  • St. Stephen  
  • I Need a Miracle  
  • Jack Straw  
  • China Cat Sunflower  
  • I Know You Rider  
Set 2
  • Estimated Prophet  
  • Mission in the Rain  
  • Cumberland Blues  
  • Viola Lee Blues  
  • Franklin's Tower  
  • Throwing Stones  
  • Standing on the Moon  
  • See See Rider
  • 'Ma' Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band