Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Fits ‘Ophelia’ Into Atlanta Show

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to the road on Thursday to kick off a weekend swing that began with a sold-out show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. The five-piece act delivered two sets of their turbo-charged take on the music of the Grateful Dead at the historic 2,600 capacity venue.

Drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, bassist Dave Dreiwitz and guitarists Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton got the evening going with “The Music Never Stopped.” An open-ended freeform jam sequence followed as the band eventually worked their way into The Young Rascals’ 1966 No. 1 hit “Good Lovin’.” The band slowed things down a bit with a Hamilton-lead take on “Candyman.” The pairing of traditional jam-vehicle “St. Stephen” with The Band’s “Ophelia” followed as “It Must Have Been The Roses” was tapped to close out the opening frame.

JRAD looked to the Jerry Garcia Band staple “Reuben & Cerise” to open up the second set. The band then segued into “Throwing Stones” and the politically-charged rocker included a second nod to The Band as they worked in a tease of “Chest Fever.” “Scarlet Begonias” began an expansive jam-filled run as they dropped into “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” before making their way into “Fire On The Mountain.” Metzger stepped up for a stanza-closing take on “Greatest Told Ever Told.” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered up “Bertha” for the encore in the Peach State.

Watch pro-shot video of the opening song from each set courtesy of nugs.tv below:

The Music Never Stopped

Ruben & Cherise

Setlist (Compiled by Peter Costello)

Set One: The Music Never Stopped, Jam -> Good Lovin’@, Candyman, St Stephen > Ophelia, It Must Have Been The Roses

Set Two: Reuben & Cerise -> Throwing Stones#, Scarlet Begonias$ -> Going Down The Road Feeling Bad% -> Fire On The Mountain^, Greatest Story Ever Told ^

Encore: Bertha

Notes:

  • @ – With a Candyman Tease (Band)
  • # – With Chest Fever Tease (MB)
  • $ – With a Throwing Stones Tease (TH)
  • % – With a Memphis, Tennessee (Johnny Rivers) Jam
  • ^ – With a Marco Solo (in both songs)

Tour Dates for
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

    • 265 Park Ave West NW
    • Atlanta, GA 30313
    • United States
    Apr
    19
    2019
  • Apr
    26
    2019
  • Apr
    27
    2019
  • May
    31
    2019
  • Jun
    1
    2019
  • Jun
    2
    2019
    • 200 Hurd Road
    • Bethel, NY 12720
    • United States
    Jun
    13
    2019
    • Exits 111 and 114, I-24
    • Manchester, TN 37355
    • United States
    Jun
    15
    2019
  • Jul
    11
    2019
    • 140 Main Street
    • Marshfield, MA 02050
    • United States
    Jul
    12
    2019
    • 1000 Montage Mountain Rd
    • Scranton, PA 18507
    • United States
    Jul
    25
    2019
  • Jul
    28
    2019
  • Aug
    16
    2019
  • Aug
    17
    2019
    • 2300 Oak Ridge Road
    • Arrington, VA 22922
    • United States
    Aug
    22
    2019
  • Aug
    29
    2019
  • Sep
    12
    2019
  • Sep
    13
    2019
  • Sep
    14
    2019
  • Sep
    26
    2019
  • Sep
    27
    2019
  • Sep
    28
    2019
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