NASCAR welcomes 2013 Drive For Diversity class

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Coming off the most successful season in the nine-year history of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, NASCAR and Rev Racing welcomed the 2013 NASCAR D4D class live on Google+ Hangout today — a group that will attempt to match the first series championship in the program’s history.“Four drivers selected from the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine will join three returning drivers to compete for Rev Racing in 2013,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “With Kyle Larson capturing NASCAR D4D’s first title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as the series’ Sunoco Rookie of Year Award, the new class is in a position to continue the momentum and defend the 2013 title.”Bryan Ortiz, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Ryan Gifford, of Winchester, Tenn., will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Ortiz finished second to teammate Larson in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors last season and fifth in the standings.They will be joined by Daniel Suarez of Monterrey, Mexico, and Mackena Bell of Carson City, Nev. Suarez is coming off a third-place finish in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series, while Bell drove in Rev Racing’s Late Model program last year.Annabeth Barnes from Hiddenite, N.C., and Jack Madrid from San Clemente, Calif., will pilot the Late Models for Rev Racing. While Devon Amos, from Rio Rancho, N.M., will compete for the team’s Legends program.“In 2012, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative has strengthened its position as a leading driver development platform in our sport with outstanding finishes from many drivers, especially Kyle’s championship, which was a first for the program,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “Clearly, the NASCAR D4D initiative and Rev Racing have raised the bar in preparing young drivers for success in our sport.”Seventeen hopefuls went through a three-day driver evaluation of on-track performances and physical fitness to be considered for a spot in the 2013 D4D class. For the second-consecutive year, the NASCAR D4D Combine was held at Langley Speedway, a .4-mile asphalt oval and NASCAR-sanctioned track. While several of the drivers will compete in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18-19, the full team will begin its season in March. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers will make their series debut at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway March 9, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers open their season on March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Toyota and Toyota Racing Development will once again support Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, with all drivers racing Toyota Camrys in 2013.  Goodyear, Mobil 1, Sprint, NASCAR  Technical Institute (NTI), 3M, Wix Filters, Mechanix Wear, iRacing, Castle, JRI Shocks, Impact, Playseat, Doghouse Systems, Logitech, and Sign Innovations also return to support Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Barnes among seven drivers to join Rev Racing for full seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last_img read more

Les Claypool Plays On Crazy New Track From Experimental Hip-Hop Group Death Grips [Listen]

first_imgFile this under unexpected collaborations: Primus bassist Les Claypool lent his skills to the experimental hip-hop stylings of Death Grips for a brand new track. Titled “More Than A Fairy,” the new track features Claypool’s familiar sound with some seriously banging beats and rapping.Listen to the bizarre collaboration below.The song comes as a surprise to many, as Death Grips just released a new studio album and Claypool is gearing up for a major album release and tour of his own, with The Claypool Lennon Delirium. You should really listen to that new album, too.last_img

Erik Deutsch Shares Live Video For “Firefly” Ahead Of Album Release [Premiere]

first_imgBrooklyn based pianist Erik Deutsch has played with so many talented musicians and even tours with Leftover Salmon, but, for his next release, the artist is taking a different approach. Due out November 18th, the new album Creatures sees Deutsch as a solo pianist, stripping down his instrumental compositions to their essence. Deutsch was able to break away from his hectic touring schedule, finding time for an intimate performance on a snow-laden night in Boulder, CO.Creatures will be released in both CD and DVD formats, allowing fans to experience this intimate recording and really connect with Deutsch’s sentiments. The pianist bears his soul in each song, including one of his earliest efforts, “Firefly.”Says Deutsch, “‘Firefly’ was one of the first songs I wrote when I moved to NYC. I sat down with the idea of channeling an astral campfire song — as if you were camping on the moon. Unlike most of my songs, this one came right out (I probably finished it within the hour). This is what I’ve always appreciated about this song: it’s quirky simplicity, clarity, and malleability, which over time has translated to a variety of different ensembles and musical situations. With that in mind, there was no question that “Firefly” was the opener for Creatures, for a number of reasons, foremost being my comfort level with the song. The Creatures concert was most definitely a high stress situation: performing, recording, and filming in front of a live audience left only a small margin for error, and admittedly I was feeling that pressure a little more than expected that night. “Firefly”, with its drone-like opening vamp, was the perfect way to ground myself, land in the room, and dive head-first into the concert. I’m happy with how it worked out and I’m excited for people to hear the music that came from that snowy night in Boulder, CO!”You can watch the premiere of Deutsch’s live performance of “Firefly” in the video below.You can find more information about the album in CD form via Bandcamp, and in video form via Vimeo. The full artwork and tracklisting can be seen below.Creatures Tracklisting1. Firefly2. Lover’s Eyes3. Fishmonger4. Tiny Lion5. Black Flies6. Incandescence7. Prayer For Zimewanga8. Doctor’s Demon9. Outlaw Boogie[Photo credit: Sherwin Lainez]last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Honors George Harrison’s Birthday In DC Finale

first_imgYesterday marked what would have been the 74th birthday of the late George Harrison, an iconic musician who not only was a member of The Beatles, but maintained a highly active solo career until his untimely death. With many of his songs in their repertoire, it’s no surprise that the Tedeschi Trucks Band would use the occasion to honor Harrison, playing both “Wah Wah” and “Something” on the final night of their three night stand at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.Check out the video of “Something” below, courtesy of rangersdcfan.Of course, there were plenty of classics played throughout the night, including takes on Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues,” and Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying.” See videos for all of those and more, below, as uploaded by rangersdcfan. [Image by Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Spafford To Return To Chicago This Weekend With Special Guests Mungion

first_imgAfter an exciting sold-out weekend in Colorado, Spafford and Mungion are continuing their tour with their sights set on Chicago this weekend. The two groups will perform at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on April 8th for what is sure to be an exciting night of music. Spafford has been consistently rising the ranks on the jam-band scene, with the group gaining new fans during each stop of their recent tour supporting Umphrey’s McGee. Now, Spafford is headlining their own cross-country tour and are bringing friends and fellow up-and-comers Mungion along for the ride.The performance in Chicago will be special for Spafford. In fall of last year, the group made their debut in the city after fans across the country called for them to leave the Southwest and make their way east. For the Chicago stop of Spafford’s breakout tour, the group quickly sold out The Tonic Room, leaving many eager fans boxed out of their Chicago debut. In light of this, the band did something special, annoucing a second show on the same night in addition to the first and ultimately performing four fiery sets during their time in Chicago.Spafford’s show last year at The Tonic Room seemed almost prophetic, marking the start of the frenzy surrounding the Arizona-based jam act and predicting their meteoric rise on the scene. When they return to Chicago this weekend, they are likely to continue their sell-out spree, particularly in light of their supporting act Mungion, a jam band originally born out of the Windy City that is similarly gaining nationwide notoriety. This show is set to be a hot ticket, so don’t miss out and grab your tickets here before they’re gone. And if you don’t yet get what the hype is all about, check out this pro-shot video of Spafford playing “The Postman” at the Fillmore in Detroit this past February.[Cover Photo: Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Busts Out Rare Radiohead Cover During A Wild Night 4 At Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to their home court of Brooklyn Bowl last night for night four of the 2017 “Fall Ball,” and with them, they brought the ferocious improvisational style that has become their trademark. It was a night filled with wild and aggressive playing, crazy teases, intense energy, crowd sing-a-longs, birthday cake, and an out-of-left-field Radiohead cover that sent the Bowl into a frenzy of confusion and excitement. There’s a lot of hyperbole surrounding the almighty Almost Dead, however, it must be noted that the band continues to deliver incredible performance after incredible performance with an unmatched ease and comfort.The Fall Ball is the Autumnal cousin of the annual Freak’s Ball, organized by the famous Freaks List of New York. The Almost Dead originally formed as a one-off band for the 2013 edition of the long-running Freaks Ball, and the band holds a special relationship with the group of fans who helped mold them. That relationship was evident last night, as the crowd was filled with custom t-shirts celebrating guitar player, vocalist, and Freaks List favorite Scott Metzger, who was celebrating his 40th birthday. The “Wolfpack / Metzger 40” t-shirts were a surprise for Metzger, and the crowd took delight all night as he surely noticed more and more people around him grinning widely as the joke was revealed.The band’s homage to Metzger’s fourth decade was more straightforward: they opened the night with forty consecutive hits, building the tension until dropping into Bob Weir‘s political classic “Throwing Stones.” This was a raucous version, led by Metzger of course, that was punctuated by a pulsating rhythm and lots of ambitious jamming. The band wove at least three unique sections of improvisation into the fabric of the song. Joe Russo showed off his octopus-esque abilities on the drumkit throughout, moving around the kit with ease as he anchored the band during the impressive opening segment. The improv was so deep that the seamless transition into “Jack Straw” was a surprise to many in the room. The crowd howled with excitement as they caught on, and they sang along loudly to the song’s opening verse. The energy in the room was already palpable and tremendous, a sure sign that this would be a special evening throughout. Sometimes a show just has “it,” and “it” became apparent during this emotional and energetic, Tom Hamilton-led “Jack Straw”.With the opening two songs lasting almost twenty-five minutes, “Jack Straw” eventually fizzled out into a “Duo Jam,” led by THE Duo themselves, Russo and keyboardist/pianist/organist extraordinaire, Marco Benevento. The two have used their off days between Fall Ball shows to sneak in some rehearsal time for their upcoming performance as the Benevento/Russo Duo at this month’s Suwanee Hulaween festival, and they seemingly couldn’t help but slip some of their hard work into this JRAD set. Marco shined brightly here, showcasing his diverse talents and enthusiastic playing while taking the whole crowd on a journey. He went so out there that even his bandmates seemed to be lost in the woods, but the confusion didn’t last for long, as a huge smile emerged on Marco’s face, and out of his roundabout playing came the melody of the plodding ballad “Ramble On Rose.”Next up, the band busted out the ultra-rare “Weather Report Suite Prelude” and “Part 1,” both played for only the second time ever, following a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN back in April 2015, exactly 100 shows ago. While the band eschewed “Part 2,” the rarity was still appreciated and filled with lots of layered improv, with Metzger taking on some interesting parts that led the band into an impromptu jam on “My Sharona” by The Knack. The band moved into “Black Throated Wind,” using the song as a landing pad before eventually leaving the song unfinished as they meandered their way into “Scarlett Begonias.” The euphoric classic was met with open arms by the Bowl faithful, and the band returned their energy with a fun take on the fan-favorite.A few times throughout the first set, the band centered themselves around a swampy vibe that seemed to keep popping back up again and again. Well, to close out set one, the band dropped into “West L.A. Fadeaway,” and all of a sudden the swampy vibes made sense. The Bowl was filled with the song’s funky feel and downright dirty groove, the perfect way to end a high-octane first set filled with highlights. Before walking off stage, Russo encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to Metzger, and they sang it loudly as a cake emerged so he could blow out his candles and make a birthday wish. All in all, the band played for almost two full hours to open up this show, and the set break provided a much-needed breather for band and crowd alike.JRAD returned from their set break with a slow jam that built up into the bluesy “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.” The song was a bit of an energetic let down from the roaring first set, but the band made up for that with a wild, jazzy piece of improv that wound its way into one of the band’s most exciting segments: “Help On The Way” -> “Slipknot!”. For a band known for their wild jams, “Help” into “Slip” is one of their crown jewels, consistently setting benchmarks for the band. Tonight’s version was no different, whipping into many different directions as Russo continued his dominance of the kit. Dave Dreiwitz was on fire throughout the whole show, but he, in particular, turned it on during “Help” and never let down for the rest of the show, dropping bass-bomb after bass-bomb, redefining what it means to “take a walk” up and down the scales of his bass.The band was loose and aggressive, and they built “Slipknot!” to a remarkable peak that dropped directly into the biggest surprise of the night: a spot on cover of “The Bends” by Radiohead. The song has only been performed once before by the band–on Halloween night last year–and the audience seemed divided into two categories: those who were ecstatic, and those who were confused and didn’t realize what was going on. By the time Tom Hamilton starting crooning the song’s chorus, the whole room was in sync again, a euphoric vibe washing over the audience as JRAD crushed the Radiohead classic and moseyed their way into a huge version of the reggae-tinged “Estimated Prophet.”When Katie Jacoby quietly walked on stage, many in the audience knew what to expect. She has lent her talents to JRAD before, bringing her flying-v electric fiddle to several previous shows at the Bowl, and often joining the improvisational fray with ease. She fit right in as the band worked up “Tennessee Jed,”  giving the bluegrass-tinged song a much-needed twang, and she stayed on stage for the remainder of the set. The jam was intense, and Jacoby harnessed that tension with some dissonant, out-there playing. The band clearly loved what she was doing, and Russo signaled for her to continue building the madness. When the band finally landed on a calm moment, Metzger included a quick tease of “China Cat Sunflower” before building up the introduction to “Truckin’.”“Truckin’” served as the tease-centric highlight of the second set. “Cryptical Envelopment,” “Bird Song,” “Easy Wind,” and “The Eleven” were all clearly quoted alongside “China Cat,” and I’m sure that more teases were in there if one listens closely enough. Dreiwitz was absolutely remarkable during the long improvisation, linking up with Benevento for some really special moments. “Truckin’” transitioned into a jam based around “Born Cross-Eyed,” the perfect rhythmic blast-off needed to cap off the non-stop second set. The band took a quick encore break, returning to the stage for a fun take on “Tell Me Momma” by Bob Dylan, which they performed for only the second time ever.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is an amazing and captivating live band, and they once again showcased that at Brooklyn Bowl during night four of the Fall Ball. Many have claimed that so many shows at one venue can become repetitive, but the fact remains that each and every Joe Russo’s Almost Dead show is compelling and special, and Brooklyn Bowl is where you can find the band at their most loose and comfortable. Last night’s show was just one of many examples of the greatness that this band can achieve when at the top of their game. JRAD returns to Brooklyn Bowl tonight for their fifth and penultimate show of the Fall Ball.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 10/12/2017I: Throwing Stones @ -> Jackstraw -> Duo Jam # -> Ramble On Rose -> Weather Report Suite Prelude $ -> Weather Report Suite Part 1 $ % -> Black Throated Wind ^ -> Scarlet Begonias -> West LA FadeawayII: Jam -> Good Morning Little Schoolgirl * > Jam -> Help On The Way -> Slipknot! -> The Bends + -> Estimated Prophet -> Tennessee Jed @@ -> Truckin’ ## -> Born Cross-Eyed Jam @@E: Tell Me Momma [email protected] – Began with 40 Hits for Scott’s 40th Birthday# – With a Marco Solo$ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2015-04-22 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, a gap of 100 shows (2nd Time Played)% – With a “My Sharona” (The Knack) Jam^ – Unfinished& – Sung by the Crowd* – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016-10-06 at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 42 shows (2nd Time Played)+ – Radiohead cover, not played by Almost Dead since 2015-10-31 at The Ritz, Raleigh, NC a gap of 71 shows (2nd Time Played)@@ – With Katie Jacoby on Violin## – With Katie Jacoby on Violin, with teases of New Speedway, Cryptical, Bird Song, China Cat, Easy Wind & The Eleven and probably more$$ – Bob Dylan Cover, Second Time Played by Almost Dead[photo by @handisnax]last_img read more

End Of An Era: Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs This Year

first_imgIt’s been about 15 years since CDs were anyone’s preferred method of music storage, but these shiny little discs have have been surprisingly resilient. Despite their status as an antiquated medium, they still sell pretty well internationally, though sales in the U.S. market were down 18.5% in 2017.In any case, it looks the CD’s time in the pantheon of economically viable music storage mediums may finally be coming to an end. Billboard reports that Best Buy—the big box retailer that was once the most powerful music merchandiser in the U.S.—will cease selling CDs at its stores on July 1st of this year. According to the publication, the company’s CD sales are only generating a paltry $40 million annually.On top of that, Billboard also reports that Target is now stocking its CDs on a consignment basis. Evidently, the retailer is now demanding that music suppliers agree to buy back any CDs that aren’t sold within a 60 days.Interestingly, these nails in the coffin of CD sales haven’t done much to slow the comeback of an even more resilient music medium. While Best Buy is planning to pull CDs off its shelves, the retailer also plans to carry vinyl for at least the next two years. It’s a move that won’t shock anyone who saw the vinyl was on track to become a billion dollar industry in 2017.[Photo: Mike Mozart via CC BY 2.0 license]last_img read more

Robert Plant Adds Dates With Jim James, Sheryl Crow, More As Special Guest Openers

first_imgRobert Plant is a musician who needs no introduction. Back in October, the iconic Led Zeppelin singer released his eleventh LP, Carry Fire, with his current band The Sensational Space Shifters. Today, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters announced a series of new North American dates. A variety of special guests will open the shows during the month-long June tour, including Sheryl Crow, Jim James (solo acoustic), Elle King, Seth Lakeman, Jon Langford, Los Lobos, and Lucinda Williams. The tour will make stops in Atlanta, Richmond, Columbia, Forest Hills, Chicago, Vail, Berkeley, and more.Spotify will offer access to special pre-sale tickets to Plant’s biggest fans. A pre-sale code will be sent out via email on March 7th at 10am ET/7am PT. Pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 7th from 10am – 10pm (local); local pre-sales follow on Thursday, March 8th from 10am – 10pm (local). Remaining tickets for most of the newly-announced dates will be released to the general public on Friday, March 9th at 10am (local). For complete tour details and ticket availability, head to Robert Plant’s website. Every ticket purchased online for Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters’ headlining shows will include a CD or digital copy of Carry Fire (festival dates not included). Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after the ticket is purchased.ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS CARRY FIRE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2018JUNE8 – Atlanta, GA – Venue TBD w/special guest Elle King10 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! At Richmond Racewayw/special guest Elle King12 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion w/special guest Sheryl Crow13 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium w/special guest Sheryl Crow #15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage w/special guest Sheryl Crow17 – Chicago, IL – Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion w/special guest Jon Langford19 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater w/special guest Seth Lakeman ###21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre w/special guest Jim James Solo Acoustic23 – Stateline, NV – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena w/special guest Los Lobos24 – Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival26 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield w/special guest Lucinda Williams27 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre w/special guest Lucinda Williams29 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver International Jazz Festivalw/special guest Seth Lakeman ### ON SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 10 AT 10 AM LOCAL## PRE-SALES BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 12 AT 10 AM LOCAL### ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 16 AT 10 AM LOCALlast_img read more

Arctic Monkeys Release ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, First Album In 5 Years [Listen]

first_imgEnglish rockers Arctic Monkeys have released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Prior to the album’s announcement, it had been five years since we last heard from the Arctic Monkeys. The band held the material from this new album particularly close to the chest, choosing not to release any singles prior to the album drop. They did, however, introduce some of the new songs at a handful of recent performances, including dates at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY.The band has also announced a series of pop-up stores around the globe to support the new album, set to take place this weekend in their native Sheffield, U.K.; New York, NY; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino pop-up store, head here.You can listen to Arctic Monkey’s newly released 6th studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, below via Spotify:Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino [Full Album]Last night, Arctic Monkeys also made their way to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “Four Out of Five”, giving the masses their first live look at the new Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino material. Watch the performance below:Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Arctic Monkeys have also announced an upcoming string of North American tour dates. Check out a list of announced U.S. and Canada dates below. For a full list of Arctic Monkeys upcoming live performances, or for more information on the new album, head to the band’s website.Arctic Monkeys 2018 Tour Dates:06/14-17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival06/16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater06/18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater06/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre07/24 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium07/27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden07/28 – Washington, DC – The Anthem07/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center08/01 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre08/05 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada CentreView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

JRAD Debuts Spacehog’s “In The Meantime” & Muddy Waters’ “Walking Through The Park” In NYC [Video]

first_img[Video: monihampton]For set two, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead picked up right where they had left off, with a jam eventually landing in the beloved classic “Truckin’” opening the frame. Notably, with the sun down and the stage dark, the entire second set featured “liquid light projection” by Mad Alchemy, which only augmented the psychedelia-drenched performance.The group built “Truckin’” into a rumbling take on the other one, moving the tune into the traditional one-two hit of “Help On The Way” into “Slipknot!”, though inevitably giving the combination the JRAD treatment with innovative improvisations throughout, including a nod to the wildly popular pop-hit “Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug. In a surprise twist that caused the crowd to go wild, the band next offered up their debut cover of Spacehog‘s “In The Meantime”. With the band firing on all cylinders, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead weaved a number of teases into the standout debut ’90s cover, including what seemed to be a tease of the Grammy Award-winning 1999 hit, “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty off the multi-platinum album, Supernatural.“Slipknot!” > “In The Meantime” > “Terrapin Suite” On Thursday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead hit New York City’s Prospect Park as a part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, marking the Grateful Dead tribute’s final 2018 appearance in the New York City area. With thousands of people in attendance, New York showed up in droves to see the band off before they inevitably return in 2019, coming close to selling out the massive outdoor venue.For the group’s first set, the band threw out a non-stop run of fan-favorites, opening with an energized rendition of “Bertha”—which recalled elements of Pink Floyd‘s “Fearless” throughout— to get the audience moving as the rest of the crowd trickled in from the long lines winding outside the venue. From there, the band slowed things down, offering a heartfelt and stirring “Throwing Stones” ahead of a rolling rendition of “Black Peter”. Picking things back up, JRAD moved into an electrifying take on “The Eleven”, which was modified to start and end with the intro portion of the tune. From there, the band hit a groovy, thoroughly jammed “Feel Like A Stranger” before the group’s set-closing, feel-good “Franklin’s Tower”.“Throwing Stones” [Video: monihampton]Keyboardist Marco Benevento, reunited with the group after Leftover Salmon‘s Erik Deutsch filled in during the group’s time in Colorado last weekend, was given the opportunity to shine as the group moved into their stellar, psychedelic, and triumphant rendition of “Terrapin Suite”. After thoroughly teasing Radiohead‘s Kid A classic “Everything In Its Right Place”, Benevento welcomed the suite with an extended piano intro, with the rest of the band eventually joining as the group flawlessly performing the beloved collection, in addition to adding teases of the Simon & Garfunkel hit, “The 59th Street Bridge Song”, also known as “Feelin’ Groovy”, and the Benevento/Russo Duo‘s own “Becky”.“Walking Through The Park”[Video: Evan Pragliola]To close out the show in full, guitarist Scott Metzger opened the encore with a solo of his own. For the true meat of the encore, the group appropriately performed a standalone cover of Muddy Waters’ “Walking Through The Park”, marking Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s first time ever performing the song, to close out the night.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Prospect Park | New York, NY | 7/19/2018Set One: Bertha @ > Throwing Stones, Black Peter -> The Eleven # > Feel Like A Stranger > Franklin’s TowerSet Two+: Jam -> Truckin’ -> The Other One Jam -> Truckin Reprise -> The Other One -> Help On The Way -> Slipknot! $ -> In The Meantime % -> Marco Solo ^ -> Lady With A Fan  -> Terrapin Station -> Terrapin -> Terrapin Transit -> At a Siding & -> Terrapin Flyer & -> RefrainEncore: SM Solo -> Walking Through The Park *@ – With brief elements of “Fearless” (Pink Floyd)# – Semi Flipped version – started & ended with the “intro”$ – With “Havana” (Camila Cabello) Teases (Band)% – Spacehog Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead^ – With a “Everything in Its Right Place” (Radiohead) Tease (MB)& – With a “59th Street Bridge Song / Feelin’ Groovy” (Simon & Garfunkel) Jam and and elements of “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo)* – Muddy Waters Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead+ – Entire Second Set featured Liquid Light Projection by Mad Alchemylast_img read more