Joe Russo’s Almost Dead wrapped up their West Coast swing with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, last night, delivering a two-set and two-encore affair that featured a special debut of a Jerry Garcia Band classic.
The evening kicked off with a nod to the date (11/11), as Russo and company opened with eleven drum hits into “The Eleven,” which the band made their own by forgoing the intro section until the end of the song, helping them transition into “Feel Like a Stranger.” The first set also featured Grateful Dead staples like “Candyman,” “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and a set-closing “Playing in the Band.”
Set two held a couple of surprises as the band opened with “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” before debuting their version of Jerry Garcia’s “Cats Under the Stars.” The tune appeared on the JGB album of the same name, which is celebrating 40 years since its recording this fall. The band then went into their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tell Me Momma” and then debuted an instrumental version of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love,” which went unfinished as they returned to the Dylan tune.
After wrapping up the second set with Dead favorites “China Cat Sunflower,” “I Know You Rider” and “Samson & Delilah,” Almost Dead delivered a surprise two-encore affair that featured an opening jam into “Vampire Blues” and “Touch of Grey” before they returned to close out with “Loser” and “New Minglewood Blues.”
See the full setlist below, along with a couple videos from the night’s encore below, courtesy of Deadheadland Films on YouTube. Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a two-night stop at Philadelphia’s Fillmore on November 24–25.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
Set I: The Eleven > Feel Like A Stranger, Jam > Candyman, Greatest Story Ever Told > Mississippi Half Step > Playing In The Band
Set II: Man Smart Woman Smarter > Cats Under The Stars* > Tell Me Momma > Radar Love Jam^ > Tell Me Momma Reprise > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Samson & Delilah
Enc I: Jam > Vampire Blues > Touch Of Grey
Enc II: Loser > New Minglewood Blues
Notes: *First time played
^First time played (instrumental, incomplete)