Photo by Vic Brazen

Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead descended on the main stage of The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pa. During the set they performed an array of beloved songs from the Grateful Dead’s songbook and were joined by frontman, Joe Russo’s, friend and collaborator Stuart Bogie.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened up with the Grateful Dead’s “My Brother Esau” which originally found its way into American homes as the B side of the “Touch of Grey” single in 1987. Guitarist Tom Hamilton then lead the ensemble through a title track of Jerry Garcia Band’s 1978 LP Cats Under the Stars. Russo sat behind the sunflower painted on his bass drum as the band moved into Bob Dylan’s “Tell Me, Momma,” and a Bob Weir and John Barlow penned classic “Estimated Prophet.”

Though Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s set had been scheduled for a set break their musical momentum couldn’t be stopped and they continued with their set with a hooting and hollering rendition of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” lush with dancing keyboard runs from Marco Benevento before rolling this back a bit and stretching upwards towards the sky with “Terrapin Station.” They continued with “Throwing Stones” during which Bogie stepped out swiftly and delicately shifting the sound, locking in with Russo’s percussion – a testament to the character and quality of sound found on The Prophets in the City from their The Bogie Band feat. Joe Russo project, which was released on March 25, 2022.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their set with a sandwich of “He’s Gone” > “St. Stephen” > “He’s Gone.” The Peach Festival continues tonight, July 2, with performances by Trey Anastasio Band, Goose, The Revivalists, Celisse, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer & Friends, Ripe, Neighbor and more.

Read Relix‘s interview with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead here.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Montage Mountain – Scranton, Pa.
July 1, 2022

My Brother Esau (Grateful Dead cover), Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band cover), Tell Me, Momma (Bob Dylan cover), Estimated Prophet (Grateful Dead cover), Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, (Grateful Dead cover), Terrapin Station (Grateful Dead cover), Throwing Stones (Grateful Dead cover), He’s Gone(Grateful Dead cover), St. Stephen (Grateful Dead cover), He’s Gone (Grateful Dead cover)