Fittingly, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played a show at the Fools Paradise festival on the eve of April Fool’s Day in St. Augustine, Fla., and the Grateful Dead tribute had a few tricks up their sleeve. The band had Dead & Company keyboard player, Jeff Chimenti, filling in for regular keyboardist Marco Benevento, while he is on tour with his trio. But as a special treat, Chimenti had his Dead & Company bandmate Oteil Burbridge (formerly of The Allman Brothers Band) make a surprise appearance on bass.
As Jambase reported, drummer Joe Russo, bassist Drew Dreiwitz (Ween), Chimenti, guitarists Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton brought out Burbridge after a “Good Lovin’” jam for a tasty segment of “Dancin in the Streets,” “Brown Eyed Women” and “I Know You Rider” for what Jambase dubbed as “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Company.” Dreiwitz played bass and additional percussion during the guest spot. You can check out some fan-shot clips below.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will be making their Red Rocks debut on Saturday, April 29, with jazz-funk fusion trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. Follow this link to find tickets on AXS. The band will also be busting out a three-night stand at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Find JRAD Joy Theatre tickets by clicking here.