Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Capitol Theatre by Scott Harris
One of the most popular rehashing of the Grateful Dead’s legacy in recent years is returning to the Bay Area. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, has been winning over Deadheads left and right. On Saturday August 17, they make their debut at a treasured venue in the history of the Dead: Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater.
Recent renovations of the amphitheater include “state-of-the-art stage and other front and back-of-house amenities that improve conditions for audience members and performers,” according to The Mercury News. Grateful Dead scholar Blair Jackson noted the Grateful Dead played a total of 14 shows at the venue between 1982 and 1989, calling it his favorite Grateful Dead venue ever. While the Dead are synonymous with the counter-cultural revolution of 1960s San Francisco, people forget they originally formed in Palo Alto.
The project is as much a Grateful Dead cover band as any other band that performs the songs. Regardless if Mr. Weir, Mr. Lesh, Mr. Kreutzman or Mr. Hart have a role or not. Starring expert drummer and percussionist Joe Russo center stage. Russo’s introduction with the Dead legacy when Weir recruited him as a drummer for his project Furthur. That band was formed in 2009 and lasted until 2014. JRAD debuted in 2013.
Unsurprisingly, his relationship with the band goes further than that. Keyboardist Marco Benevento met Russo in junior high school and the two have been in several groups together. Guitarist Scott Metzger’s involvement began as a guest musician in the Benevento Russo Duo. The same goes for bassist Dave Dreiwitz (WEEN) as well. The four of them continued a Led Zeppelin tribute group under the name Bustle in your Hedgerow. Russo added guitarist Tom Hamilton to complete the lineup for JRAD.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University
$45, 6:30PM, All Ages