Video: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ Brooklyn Bowl

UPDATE: Photos, Recap and Audio HERE

I’ve seen a number of amazing performances thus far in 2013, but last night’s Freaks Ball XIII finale at Brooklyn Bowl featuring the debut of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead takes the cake as the best one yet. Russo and Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz offered a powerful, hard-nosed interpretation of the Grateful Dead’s music over two sets at the sold out venue.

[via @alliedise]

We’ll have a full report on what was the most incredible Dead-related show I’ve experienced soon, but we wanted to share a taste of it and the setlist. Check out a few minutes of psychedelic blues as Almost Dead tackled Viola Lee Blues to end the second set last night…

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Viola Lee Blues

And here’s a bit of the outrageous version of Eyes, ’73 style, they played…

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Eyes Of The World

Scott Metzger took the lead on this version of Mr. Charlie…

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Mr. Charlie

Finally, Tommy Hamilton pours his heart into Brown-Eyed Women…

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Brown-Eyed Women

[Thanks to YouTuber LinusJ For The Heads Up on Last Two Vids]


Set One: Bertha, Althea, Jack Straw, Deal > Mr. Charlie, Brown-Eyed Women, Tennessee Jed > Shakedown Street > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider

Set Two: Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, St. Stephen > The Eleven > The Other One > Viola Lee Blues

Encore: U.S. Blues

[Hat Tip – Jon Allen]

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5 Responses

  1. I can’t agree more Scotty! Probably the best Dead influenced project I’ve seen in quite a long time! It was a fabulous time all around. Tremendous playing and all around great vibes from everyone there. I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing this again as more footage and recordings come out (hopefully VERY soon)! I can’t say enough about the Saint Stephen>Eleven> Other One sequence. Just dripping of psychedelic goodness! This was my first Freak’s Ball and I’m never gonna miss another!

  2. WED JAN 30th!


    Two sets of live music beginning at 8:30 pm from……
    DEAD TAPE [[performing the classic early psychedelic music of The Grateful Dead]]

    DJ WILDFLOWER spinning Grateful Dead rarities, live cuts, and side projects before and in-between the sets.

    DJ Eat Records spinning EVEN MORE Grateful Dead madness after the show till closing!!!

    Planetary Projections
    Provide A Liquid Light Show.

    Gather at 8pm. Live music begins at 8:30 pm.

    Free admission! 21+
    The Grand Victory / 245 Grand St / Brooklyn / NY

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