On Sunday night, guitarists Steve Kimock and Papa Mali, bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummer Wally Ingram and multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene brought a five-show Voodoo Dead run to a close at the Ardmore Music Hall near Philadelphia. As reported the show was webcast and the pro-shot video is still available for our listening and viewing enjoyment.
Voodoo Dead began the first set with a beautiful piece of improv that eventually gave way to “Crazy Fingers.” Greene then led the group through “Big Railroad Blues” before Papa Mali stepped into the spotlight to sing “He’s Gone.” Up next was the ensemble’s first take on “One Way Out,” a blues classic popularized by the Allman Brothers Band. Sunday’s first set came to a close with Chimenti and Greene dueting on “Jack Straw” and a powerful Jackie-sung cover of The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”
The band came out of the gates for the second set with “Help On The Way” and “Slipknot!” followed by The Meters’ “Hey Pocky Way.” Up next was an “After Midnight” > “Eleanor Rigby” > “After Midnight” sequence not far off from the pairing of the JJ Cale and Beatles songs the Jerry Garcia Band would play in 1980. Jackie then stepped up for “Shakedown Street” before Voodoo Dead ended the second set with “Deal” and “In The Midnight Hour.” For the encore, Kimock dusted off his pedal steel for a gorgeous, instrumental “Stella Blue.” Watch the entire show below thanks to Liquid Silver Stream.
Jam > Crazy Fingers, Big Railroad Blues, He’s Gone, One Way Out, Jack Straw, Don’t Let Me Down
Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Hey Pocky Way, After Midnight > Eleanor Rigby > After Midnight, Shakedown Street, Deal, In The Midnight Hour