Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought their show to the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA, last night, playing the first of two nights at the venue and marking the band’s LA debut, and the group welcomed out a couple special guests for the occasion.
Russo and company kicked off the night with some instrumental Grateful Dead, playing the beginning of the Weather Report Suite before moving into a trio of Dead classics, “Truckin’,” “Jack Straw,” and “Estimated Prophet.” The band then welcomed out singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Wilson for a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money,” a debut for the band, though they have teased it in the past, including last month at Brooklyn Bowl when they used the song and its iconic bassline to segue into “The Other One.”
Set two opened up with “Dancing in the Street” and featured more Dead staples like “Brown Eyed Women” and “He’s Gone,” plus some extended jams and a solo section from keyboardist Marco Benevento. For the night’s encore, the band welcomed back Wilson, along with Fruit Bats frontman Eric D. Johnson, for “West LA Fadeaway” and “Brokedown Palace.”
See the full setlist below. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead return to the Teragram Ballroom tonight for round two.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
Set I: Weather Report Prelude/Part One > Truckin’ > Jack Straw > Estimated Prophet > Money* > Terrapin Suite
Set II: Dancing In The Street > Brown Eyed Women > Throwing Stones > He’s Gone > Jam > The Wheel > Marco Solo > The Wheel Reprise > Let It Grow
Enc: West LA Fadeaway^, Brokedown Palace^
Notes: *debut, w/ Jonathan Wilson
^w/ Jonathan Wilson and Eric D. Johnson