In Focus: JRAD plays through the rain for 3 nights at Westville Music Bowl

Over three rainy nights at Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, CT, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (JRAD) brought music back to life and satiated sold-out crowds with their improvisational takes on the music of the Grateful Dead. Revisit the shows below with photos by Vince Brazen, video from the band, and the detailed setlists for each night.

JRAD Westville

JRAD at Westville Music Bowl – May 28, 2021 Setlist

Set One: Not Fade Away@ -> Ruben & Cherise -> New Minglewood Blues, Sugaree#, The Wheel$ ->Touch Of Grey%
Set Two: When I Paint My Masterpiece^, Foolish Heart& -> Help On The Way -> Slipknot!* -> Hey Bulldog Jam+ -> Slipknot! Reprise, Hell In A Bucket, Dancing in the Street@@, Ripple##
Encore: Fuckin’ Up $$
@ – With a “Serpentine Fire” (Earth Wind & Fire) tease (SM)
# – Not played by Almost Dead since 2018-01-13
$ – With a “Cold Rain & Snow” Jam (Band)
% – With “Ruben & Cherise” Teases in the intro (TH)
^ – Bob Dylan Cover, second time played. Not played by Almost Dead since 2016-11-12
& – With Slipknot! Teases (TH)
* – With a “Tom’s Diner” (Suzanne Vega) Tease (SM & JR)
+ – With some lyrics. Not played by Almost Dead since 2016-11-12
@@ – Proceeded by a Dark Star Tease, with a Loose Lucy Tease (SM), a DD Solo, an MB Solo, hints of “The Wizard” (Black Sabbath), and a JR Solo
## – Not played by Almost Dead since 2019-01-18
$$ – Neil Young Cover, with Chris Harford on Vocals and Guitar

JRAD at Westville Music Bowl – May 29, 2021 Setlist

Set One: Silvio ->Bertha, Me & My Uncle ->Shakedown Street@, Black Peter# >Music Never Stopped
Set Two Such A Night, Cream Puff War >Truckin$ -> New Speedway Jam% -> Truckin Reprise^ ->St. Stephen& >Tough Mama > I Know You Rider
Encore: On The Road Again *
@ – With Let It Grow Teases (Band)
# – Not played by Almost Dead since 2018-07-19
$ – With a Cryptical Tease (TH)
% – Not played by Almost Dead since 2017-08-31
^ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2018-07-19
& – With Not Fade Away and Good Times Bad Times Teases (JR) and a Caution-esque Jam
* – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016-12-29

JRAD at Westville Music Bowl – May 30, 2021 Setist

Set 1: Eyes of the World> Estimated Prophet, Cassidy > Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad > Candyman, The Eleven, Franklin’s Tower
Set 2: Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, Beat It on Down the Line, He’s Gone >Playing in the Band, Samson and Delilah
Encore: Born to Run

Stuart Bogie sat in on saxophone and flute throughout the night

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