John Mayer Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead At Brooklyn Bowl


Friday night Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their three show run at Brooklyn Bowl with their second concert in as many nights at the New York City venue. The Grateful Dead tribute act once again offered an acoustic mini set and were also joined by guitarist John Mayer for the entire second half of the show.

Guitarist Tom Hamilton took lead on Bob Dylan’s “Tough Mama” – a staple of Jerry Garcia Band shows – to open Friday’s Fall Ball II concert. Standards of the Grateful Dead repertoire “Good Lovin'” and “Dark Star” as well as “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “So Many Roads” and “Cassidy” rounded out the electric portion of the first half. Once again moving to a small stage built over the venue’s bowling lanes for a mini acoustic set, the “unplugged” portion of the show featured “Jack-A-Roe,” “Dark Hollow” and “Terrapin Station.”

In a recent interview Mayer expressed a desire to see JRAD perform, and after being spotted watching earlier in the evening, the Dead & Company guitarist was welcomed to the stage by drummer Joe Russo to join the ensemble at the start of the second set on a sequence that led to “The Other One.” Trading licks with guitarist Scott Metzger, Mayer hung around for the reset of the show, assisting on the Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” “King Solomon’s Marbles,” “Let It Grow” and “Touch Of Grey” as well as the encore of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).”

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead plays Brooklyn Bowl once more tonight (Saturday, October 8) with a webcast available via Watch the opening jam and a portion of Mayer sitting-in on “The Other One” along with set one’s “Tough Mama” from Friday’s webcast, followed by audience-shot footage in the videos below:

[The Other One]

[Tough Mama]

[Touch Of Grey | Captured by TimeZonerTV]

[Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) | Captured by TimeZonerTV]

[Jack-A-Roe | Captured by TimeZonerTV]

[Dark Hollow | Captured by TimeZonerTV]

[Terrapin Station | Captured by TimeZonerTV]


Joe Russo's Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl

Set 1
  • Tough Mama  
  • Good Lovin'  
  • Dark Star  
  • Greatest Story Ever Told  
  • So Many Roads  
  • Cassidy  
Mini Acoustic Set on Bowling Lanes Stage
  • Jack-A-Roe  
  • Dark Hollow  
  • Terrapin Suite  
Set 2
  • Cryptical Envelopment  
  • The Other One  
  • Cryptical Envelopment  
  • New Speedway Boogie  
  • King Solomon's Marbles  
  • Let It Grow  
  • Touch of Grey  
  • Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
  • Bob Dylan
  • John Mayer