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Peach Music Festival alum Joe Russo’s Almost Dead jams at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 13

Peach Music Festival alum Joe Russo’s Almost Dead jams at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 13
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Brooklyn-based Grateful Dead cover band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, regulars at the annual Peach Music Festival in Scranton, will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 8 p.m.

This concert follows three upcoming shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York in January that are already sold out. JRAD also started off 2018 with three sold-out nights at The Capitol.

Tickets, which are $37 in advance or $42 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Nov. 16 at noon at and all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

Formed by Furthur drummer Joe Russo, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played their first show on January 26, 2013 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New york. In addition to Russo, the band also includes Ween’s bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger on guitar and vocals, and American Babies’ Tom Hamilton on guitar and vocals.

JRAD is known for their intermingling of the Grateful Dead’s recognizable folk rock and Americana sound with more contemporary progressive rock and jazz fusion influences. The group has become national festival favorites. Rolling Stone named their 2018 Peach Fest performance “Best Scene-Stealer,” saying that, “JRAD takes improvisational jam rock to the nth degree.”

As Scott Bernstein wrote for Jambase, “Not only does this quintet play tight and vicious versions of some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, but they play them with a rawness and energy absent from the stage since the ‘Live’ Dead era. More importantly, all of the jams are wild and incredibly adventurous. Russo’s a beast behind the kit who’s in the peak of his career. Metzger is a criminally underrated guitarist who has a chameleon-like ability to alter his sound to compliment any situation. Dreiwitz’s intensity is unmatched by anyone, while Benevento spouts these crazy tones and layers of sound that mix the best of what each keyboardist in GD history brought to the band. Finally, add Hamilton, whose voice and biting leads help push this ensemble over the top.”

See NEPA Scene’s photos of the 2018 Peach Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton here.