Photos by Dino Perrucci

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their third-annual Fall Ball residency at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl last night. The quintet—who first came together for a Freak Ball party held at Brooklyn Ball in 2013—opened their first of six sold-out shows at the venue with the very first song they ever played live together, “Bertha.” Then, during their second set, JRAD dipped into an instrumental take on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1989 classic, “Runnin’ Down a Dream” during a jam out of “Dark Star.” The Petty tribute eventually morphed into a swirl of “Not Fade Away” and “Dark Star” before “Stella Blue” closed the set. In addition, yesterday JRAD also debuted a cover of “Yazoo Street Scandal,” a track Bob Dylan and The Band recorded during their The Basement Tapes sessions.

JRAD also appear on the cover of the current issue of Relix. Click here to grab a copy with your subscription. The Fall Ball will continues this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s show via

_Thursday, October 5, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

Set I:
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Rubin and Cherise
Deep Elem Blues
Lazy River Road
Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad

Set II:
The Music Never Stopped
Yazoo Street Scandal (*)
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Dark Star
Runnin’ Down a Dream (*)
Not Fade Away
Dark Star
Not Fade Away
Stella Blue

Sugar Magnolia
(*) first time played