Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Welcomes Katie Jacoby In New Orleans
On Friday night Joe Russo’s Almost Dead reconvened and headed down to New Orleans for a two-night stand at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom. The Grateful Dead tribute act was celebrating an important milestone in the Crescent City as last night marked their 150th show together. The five-piece act served up a segue-filled two-set show that saw them welcome their longtime friend and frequent collaborator Katie Jacoby during their second set.
JRAD got things going with a jazzy free-form jam that eventually worked its way into “Man Smart, Woman Smarter.” The calypso song, which was originally made famous by Harry Belafonte, saw the band nod to their location as they worked in a jam on the New Orleans party-anthem “Iko Iko.” “Help On The Way” and a teased-fill “Slipknot!” followed. Last night’s take on the Blues For Allah track saw them worked in elements of Phish’s “Foam,” “Terrapin Station” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” Instead of completing the trifecta with “Franklin’s Tower” the quartet moved straight into “Scarlet Begonias.” A second open-ended jam got the final stretch of the frame going as it segued into the pairing of “I Know You Rider” > “I Need A Miracle” to close things out.
Keyboardist Marco Benevento got the second set going on his own with a gorgeous solo that had very Dr. John-esque sound to it. Benevento was eventually joined by the rest of his bandmates on stage as he sang lead on their second ever take on the Robbie Robertson-penned tune “Yazoo Street Scandal,” which first appeared on Bob Dylan and The Band’s 1975 release The Basement Tapes. The night’s third jam sequence featured a distinct tease of The Rascal’s “Good Lovin'” before they delivered a spirited version of “Tennessee Jed.”
Joe Russo & Co. next welcomed out violinist Katie Jacoby for the majority of the backend of the set. The augmented ensemble first teamed up on the high-velocity “Playing In The Band” which devolved into a jam that saw JRAD tease Steve Miller Band’s 1977 hit “Swingtown.” A scorching version of the psychedelic-era chestnut “The Eleven” emerged with “Feel Like A Stranger” and a heartfelt take on “Morning Dew” bringing their main set to an end. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their 150th show with “Bertha.”
Watch fan-shot video captured by Jay Moskowitz and check out the fully annontated setlist below:
Setlist (Compiled by Peter Costello)
Set One (9:30PM – 10:33PM): Jam -> Man Smart, Woman Smarter @ > Help On The Way -> Slipknot! # -> Scarlet Begonias $ -> Jam % -> I Know You Rider > I Need A Miracle
Set Two (11:01PM – 12:44AM) Marco Solo – > Yazoo Street Scandal ^ -> Jam & -> Tennessee Jed * > Playing In The Band + -> Jam + @@ -> The Eleven + -> Feel Like A Stranger + ##, Morning Dew $$
@ – With an Iko Iko Tease/Jam (SM), # – With elements of “Foam” (Phish) and Terrapin Station & an “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed“ (The Allman Brothers) Jam, $ – With multiple Terrapin Station Teases (SM, then MB, then TH), % – With a Terrapin Station Tease (Band), ^ – Bob Dylan & The Band Cover, 2nd Time Played by Almost Dead, MB on Vox, & – With a “Good Lovin’” (The Rascals) Tease, * – With a “Revelry” (Traditional) Tease (SM) & another Marco Solo, + – With Katie Jacoby (KJ) on Violin, @@ – With a “Swingtown” (Steve Miller Band) Tease (KJ), and a “Come Together” (The Beatles) Tease (KJ), ## – With a “Here Comes the Hotstepper” (Ini Kamoze) Tease (KJ), $$ – With a “Baba O’Riley” (The Who) Tease (MB)
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