JRAD Celebrates One More Saturday Night at The Anthem in Washington DC

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (JRAD) took over The Anthem Saturday night, October 20, tearing down the house and leaving the DC jamily celebrating one more Saturday night.  This was a highly-anticipated show with hometown legend Oteil Burbridge replacing Dave Dreiwitz on bass as they rocked, drawing thousands to The Wharf.  Coming to the Nation's Capital after two nights in Pennsylvania, there was a sense of pride as concert goers watched one of our own kill the bass guitar with the greatest of ease. 

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Hometown hero Oteil Burbridge  with Scott Metzger

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Hometown hero Oteil Burbridge  with Scott Metzger

The setlist was strong and with only a couple songs coming in at under the double digit numbers in length, fans were treated to some super extended versions of forever favorites.  The length of the line to get in prevented a few from catching the first song but fortunately, the nineteen minutes of purity that are 'Eyes of the World' means that most of us were greeted by inspiring thoughts to start off what was sure to be a feel good night.  The first stanza also featured a powerful 'Let It Grow' and a rousing take on 'China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider' to the delight of the crowd.

Joe Russo of Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Joe Russo of Joe Russo's Almost Dead

The second set included the apt 'Throwing Stones' followed by a beautiful 'High Time' that featured Oteil on vocals. JRAD fans were ready for whatever came their way but it's easy to say that every mind was blown when the band played what seemed to be a never-ending, full version of 'Terrapin Station' suite , lasting longer than most TV sitcoms and ending the second set with one for the books.  

Joe Russo of Joe Russo's Almost Dead

A short break before JRAD came back strong with 'U.S Blues' and of course, the appropriate 'One More Saturday Night'  which, just seemed to leave the crowd wanting so much more and had nearly everyone in the venue shouting.  This was a strong debut for JRAD's first show at The Anthem.

Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings


Enjoy the audio recording by our contributor Alex Leary

Performance Date:  October 20, 2018

Setlist

Setlist

Setlist


Click here to see the setlist for Joe Russo's Almost Dead performance at The Anthem on October 20, 2018 

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Karin McLaughlin

Karin McLaughlin

Karin has been a live music junkie all her life, however is a fairly new fan in the world of jam bands and bluegrass. She grew up on hip hop, classic soul, motown and classic rock but has found a new home in the festival world and that is what, in part, had brought her to DC Music Review. Karin produces and hosts a weekly radio show in the area called Karin's Calendar, where she talks all about 'Where to be in the DMV'. She is very excited to be starting down a semi-new road with us and hopes to use her interview skills and write ups of shows to contribute even more to DC Music Review.