Capping off the third show of their first weekend at Brooklyn Bowl this October, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead dialed into their interpretation of the music of the Grateful Dead and welcomed multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie to the stage for a good chunk of the show.
A first set that started out with an “I Need a Miracle” > “New Speedway Boogie” > “Playin’ in the Band” sequence that took the band on a 45 minute rockin’ ride, with a spacey jazz odyssey inside PITB. “Eyes of the World” featured Stuart Bogie on saxophone, aptly filling the role of Branford Marsalis on the live version found on Without a Net. Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger all took a turn at the helm, everyone steering the ship in their own way, before settling back into safe harbor. “Dancing in the Street” and “Brown Eyed Woman” closed out the set, the latter with a brief “Eyes of the World” reprise and a “Stella Blue” tease/jam at the end.
“Uncle John’s Band” kicked off a 4-song second set with Bogie on flute, later switching to sax for “The Other One” which included jams on “Cryptical Envelopment,” “Roadhouse Blues” and “How Many More Times” before a long segue into the full Terrapin Station suite which found Bogie on clarinet for the lengthy composition. An encore of “Samson and Delilah” with Bogie once again closed out a warm, full night and enticed fans heading to this weekend’s 3-night run at Brooklyn Bowl.
Setlist compiled by Peter Costello via Jambase
Set One: Jam -> I Need A Miracle -> New Speedway Boogie -> Playing In The Band @ > Eyes Of The World @ % -> Dancing In The Streets @ ^ -> Brown Eyed Women & -> Stella Blue Jam
Set Two: Uncle John’s Band @#$ + The Other One @ ++ > Cryptical Envelopment Jam @@ > Terrapin Station Suite @#$ ##
Encore: Samson & Delilah @ *
@ – With Stuart Bogie on Tenor Sax # – With Stuart Bogie on Flute $ – With Stuart Bogie on Clarinet % – With a Marco Solo that evolved into a Marco/Tommy Duet, a DD Bass Solo & the circa 1973 ending in 7, not played since (I think) 2013-01-26 at Brooklyn Bowl, a gap of 122 shows. ^ – With “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley), “Hoedown” (Aaron Copeland) Teases (MB) and an “Inspector Gadget” Theme (Shuki Levy and Haïm Saban) Tease (Band) & – With Throwing Stones and Eyes of the World Jams / Teases (Band) + – Proceeded by a “Some Like It Hot” (The Power Station) Tease / Jam. That tune was continually referenced throughout the set. Also included a Duo Jam, and a “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) Jam ++ – With a “Roadhouse Blues” (The Doors) Jam, A “How Many More Times” (Led Zeppelin) Jam, a “Money” (Pink Floyd) Jam @@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead as an Instrumental, with a St. Stephen Tease (SM) and an Uncle John’s Band Tease (DD) ## – With a The Wheel Jam, a Swingtown Jam (led by MB) & a “Some Like It Hot” (Power Station) Tease * – With a “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Julia Ward Howe) Tease (Stuart Bogie)