The preeminent Grateful Dead tribute band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, made their debut KettleHouse Amphitheater performance on June 2nd. It was the first show of the 2019 Amp season and it’s already being hailed as one of the best shows of the year.
Some highlights from the show included a rendition of “New Speedway Boogie” (played for the first time this year), which transitioned into a lively take on “The Other One.” The first set ended with “Shakedown Street” and the second set picked up right where they left off with “Shakedown Street Reprise.” “Morning Dew” capped off the second set, which was a big highlight for a lot of folks. The one-song encore was a long awaited performance of “Promised Land.” It was the first time the song was played in nearly 50 shows.
Check out a few of the comments on on Facebook and Archive and you’ll see some raving reviews about the concert…
“This show is why we go to shows. One of the best shows I’ve seen. Dream setlist, and great playing at a great venue. This is why you never miss a Sunday show.”
“The whole PNW run this year was excellent and capped off nicely with this incendiary show in a beautiful venue, with a really nice crowd!”
“FOR SURE JRAD WAS ON THEIR GAME, if not the best show ever…”
“The show was incredible. Thanks to all who made this happen and to JRAD for one helluva heater of a show. It’ll be remembered for a long time.”
“Best show I’ve seen in years! JRAD IS THE MAN! These guys are the dead of our time. Thanks KettleHouse and Logjam! You guys ROCK!!!!”
Whether you want to relive the magic or listen back for the first time, go ahead and enjoy the taped show below. Big thanks to faithful Missoula taper, Mark Smith, for capturing this wonderful night!
P.S. If you’re looking for a weekly Dead fix, stop by the Top Hat every Monday for Raising the Dead Happy Hour from 5-7pm.