Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Honor Chuck Berry, Cover Allman Brothers in Brooklyn Bowl Finale
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead wrapped up a six-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl spread out over two weekends, with the second featuring Oteil Burbridge on bass filling in for Dave Dreiwitz as he played with Ween in Chicago.
To kick off the night, the ensemble paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who passed away just hours before the band took the stage, with “Promised Land” to start the show. Not played by Almost Dead since Halloween 2015.
With Burbridge in tow, the group also dabbled in some Allman Brothers material as “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” emerged from an extended “Here Comes Sunshine” jam. The song hadn’t been performed by the band since March 24, 2016.
Later on in the first set, saxophonist Stuart Bogie reprised his guest role by adding to “Ruben and Cherise” as well as the set-closing take on “Viola Lee Blues.”
An extended second set saw Bogie once again return for a “Dancing in the Streets” jam that would eventually turn into the anthemic “Franklin’s Tower.” Another lengthy jam saw the group foray itno tunes like Led Zeppelin’s “That’s the Way,” the Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend is Better” and “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis. The show closed with a softer take on “Brokedown Palace” and an acapella version of “And We Bid You Goodnight.”
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Brooklyn Bowl, NY
Set I: Promised Land, Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion > Hell in a Bucket > Here Comes Sunshine > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed > Here Comes Sunshine > Ruben and Cherise > Viola Lee Blues
Set II: Casey Jones > Jack A Roe > Dancing in the Streets > Franklin’s Tower > Let It Grow > I Know You Rider
Enc: Brokedown Palace, And We Bid You Goodnight