Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debut The Band Cover In Cleveland

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought their March tour to a close on Saturday at the Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland. The quintet continued to unearth tunes that have sat unplayed along with delivering the debut of a city-appropriate cover from The Band during their encore.

The Grateful Dead tribute act got their night in The Buckeye State going with a foreshadowing version of “Saint Stephen” that featured a tease of The Band’s “Look Out Cleveland.” “Playing In The Band” kicked off a seamless run as guitarist Tom Hamilton stepped up to sing lead on the Blues For Allah cut “Crazy Fingers.” Keyboardist Marco Benevento got a chance to shine next delivering a solo ahead of “Cosmic Charlie.” The pairing of “Scarlet Begonias” and “I Know You Rider” brought the first frame to a close.

The five-piece act looked to a funky “Shakedown Street” to kick off their second stanza. Scott Metzger took the band through “I Need A Miracle” as they dove head first into the Dead’s psychedelic territory next. A distinct jam on “The Other One” worked its way into “Cryptical Envelopment,” which had been sitting unplayed since October 7, 2016 – a span of 105 shows. A gorgeous “Eyes Of The World” led into a thunderous payout on the previously teased “The Other One.” The ode to Neal Cassady transitioned by back into “Cryptical Envelopment” with Martha Reeves & The Vandella’s Motown hit “Dancing In The Street” closing out the set.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead delivered a two-song encore of city and day appropriate songs. First up, Joe Russo & Co. came through on the tease they offered up at the beginning of their night with the debut of “Look Out Cleveland” from The Band’s self-titled debut. A day-appropriate take on “One More Saturday Night” put a cap on their seven-show March tour.

Setlist (Compiled by Peter Costello)

Set I (8:05PM – 9:25PM): St. Stephen @, Playing In The Band -> Crazy Fingers -> Marco Solo -> Cosmic Charlie -> Scarlet Begonias -> I Know You Rider

Set II (10:06PM – 11:44PM): Shakedown Street # > I Need A Miracle -> The Other One Jam -> Cryptical Envelopment $ -> Eyes Of The World % -> The Other One ^ -> Cryptical Envelopment $ -> Dancing In The Streets &

Encore: Look Out Cleveland * > One More Saturday Night

@ – With a “Look Out Cleveland” Tease (TH)

# – With a “China>Rider Transition” Tease (TH/Band)

$ – Not Played By Almost Dead Since 2016-10-07 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 105 shows

% – With a “Tighten Up” (Archie Bell & The Drells) Tease (SM), a DD Solo, and the “’73 Changes”

^ – With a “Duo Jam” and a Miracle Tease (TH)

& – With a Loose Lucy Jam (Band) and a “First Tube” (Phish) Tease (TH)

* – The Band Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, TH vocals

Tour Dates for
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

  • Apr
    26
    2019
  • Apr
    27
    2019
  • May
    31
    2019
  • Jun
    1
    2019
  • Jun
    2
    2019
    • 200 Hurd Road
    • Bethel, NY 12720
    • United States
    Jun
    14
    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
    13
    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