After performing a sold-out show at Denver’s Ogden Theatre just before the holidays, the boys from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have been gifting some late Christmas presents in the Big Apple. As Live For Live Music reported, longtime friends Joe Russo and Marco Benevento reunited for the first Benevento Russo Duo show in six years at Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing on Tuesday night. As if that wasn’t enough, Joe and Marco returned to the tap room on Wednesday, this time with Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and Drew Dreiwitz in tow to perform an acoustic Joe Russo’s Almost Dead set to around 75 people.
JRAD billed themselves as “Data Models,” an anagram of Almost Dead, and opened up the intimate show with a request from each band member. The stripped down JRAD saw Benevento on upright piano, Metzger and Hamilton on acoustic guitars, Dreiwitz on the upright bass, and Russo on a sparse kit. Every tune was a JRAD acoustic debut save for “Uncle Johns Band.” You can check out Instagram video below of the amazing outing. You can also peep a detailed setlist below via L4LM.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl tonight (Dec. 29). Click here for tickets. JRAD will be headed out to Colorado in the spring of 2017 for a two-night run. April 28 will see the band back at the Ogden Theatre. On April 29 JRAD will head over to Red Rocks for their first-ever headline at the legendary venue with jazz-funk fusion trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. You can find Ogden/Red Rocks bundle tickets here. Check out this link for individual Red Rocks tickets.
Show #92 | Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Threes Brewing | Brooklyn, NY | 2016-12-28
I Know You Rider @ (All – requested by MB)
Loser (TH – requested by TH)
Casey Jones (TH – requested by SM)
Viola Lee Blues (All – requested by DD)
Estimated # (SM – requested by JR) ->
Ruben & Cherise (TH) ->
Let It Grow $ (SM) ->
Jam % ->
“Let Terrapin Grow” Jam ^ ->
Let It Grow Reprise & (SM) ->
Ramble On Rose (TH)
Jam * ->
Uncle John’s Jam +! ->
The Wheel ! (All) ->
Uncle John’s Band ! (All) ->
The Wheel ! (All) ->
Uncle John’s Band Reprise ! (All) ->
Crazy Fingers (TH) ->
Truckin’ @@ (SM) ->
Born Cross Eyed Jam
Enc: Brown Eyed Women
Entire show was acoustic, with Marco on Upright Piano, Tommy & Scott on Acoustic Guitars thru their amps, Dave on Upright Bass & Joe on a small kit, with Kick, Snare, Hat & 1 cymbal. Only the piano & vocals were sent thru the PA. The performance space holds about 60 or so people & there were probably 75 or so there. The band started out with each member choosing a song from stage right (MB) to stage left (JR), hence the “requested by” notes for the songs up through Estimated. Every song except Uncle John’s Band (played Acoustic on 2016-10-06) was the First Time Played Acoustic by Almost Dead.
@ – With an “LA Woman” (The Doors) Tease (MB)
# – With Terrapin Station & Ruben & Cherise Teases (Band)
$ – With a “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) Tease (JR)
% – With multiple teases/themes, including “Careless Whisper” (Wham) & On The Road Again from Marco, Terrapin Station & Let It Grow Teases (Band)
^ – Basically the band weaved the 2 songs together & went back & forth between them
& – Not played since North Coast Festival 2015-9-4, a gap of 48 shows, with a Terrapin Tease (TH)
* – With a tease of an American Babies Tune from their first album – will ask TH the title
+ – First Time Played by Almost Dead
! – This was basically a mash up of the 2 songs, sometimes with the band playing both tunes simultaneously, if that makes sense
@@ – Contained multiple Other One Teases & Jams (Band)
There aren't many bands that could turn me around from seeing my 50th phish show. I went from standing in front of the 12 Tribes bus underneath Madison Square Garden's awning to standing in front of JRAD in an hour's time. What a special group of musicians playing sacred music in a little tiny tap room. Thank ya for a real good time @joerussosalmostdead @joeyjoeyrusso @marcobenevento22 @davedreiwitz @scottymetz #jrad. Oh, and last night's Duo ruled and left me with a shit eating grin.