On Sunday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their weekend run with a performance at Bonner, MT’s gorgeous KettleHouse Amphitheater. The show marked JRAD’s debut performance in Montana.JRAD opened up their first set with “Samson and Delilah”, giving Joe Russo a chance to flex his chops behind his drum kit out of the gates. The fierce “Samson” opener coasted into a bouncy “Dancing In The Streets”, highlighted by some explosive guitar work from Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger. Dancing smoothly segued into “The Wheel”, which featured teases of Bob Dylan‘s “What Was It You Wanted”, American Babies‘ “Jolene”, and “Cassidy”. The quintet charged forward with “New Speedway Boogie”, played for the first time in 2019.KettleHouse’s natural beauty brought out the best in the mastermind musicians, as they coasted out of “New Speedway Boogie” into an improvisational “Jam” segment, which was followed up by a dark and raucous take on “The Other One”. Russo and bassist Dave Dreiwitz locked into a heavy-hitting rhythmic pocket, presenting an opportunity for Hamilton, Metzger, and keyboardist Marco Benevento to sail away to a jazzy, spacey realm. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their first set with an open-ended “Shakedown Street”, featuring teases of Phish‘s “Stash”, along with “King Solomon’s Marbles” and “Shakedown Street”.Following a setbreak, the band returned to give “Shakedown” the proper treatment with a “Shakedown Street Reprise”, featuring a full band tease of “Dancing In The Streets”, as well as a funky tease of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin” out of Hamilton’s corner. The glorious “Shakedown” finale made way for a unique rendition of Bob Weir‘s “Gonesville”, off of his 2016 Blue Mountain solo LP. “Gonesville” segued into a tender “Jack A Roe” before the band landed into “Eyes Of The World”. Hamilton and Metzger traded off a series of ever-evolving solos, which eventually brought the band into “Estimated Prophet”.The five-piece powerhouse was preaching on the burning shores of the KettleHouse Amphitheater, backed by Joe Russo’s octopus-like moves and impressive flips of his drum sticks. “Estimated” was followed up by “Jack Straw” before the band brought their second set to a halt with “Morning Dew”. The band delivered a lone encore of “Promised Land”, played for the first time since March 15th, 2018 in Syracuse, a gap of 48 shows.Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a pair of festival appearances at Bethel Woods, NY’s Mountain Jam and Manchester. TN’s Bonnaroo. For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | KettleHouse Amphitheater | Bonner, MT | 6/2/2019Set One: Samson > Dancing In The Streets @ -> The Wheel # -> New Speedway Boogie ## -> Jam -> The Other One -> Shakedown Street $Set Two: Shakedown Street Reprise % > Gonesville -> Jack A Roe -> Eyes Of The World ^ -> Estimated -> Jackstraw > Morning DewEncore: Promised Land &@ – With a DD Solo that teased “Drive My Car” (The Beatles)# – With a “What Was It You Wanted” (Bob Dylan) Tease (MB), a “Jolene” (American Babies) Tease (Band) and a Cassidy Tease (TH)## – Not played since 2018-10-25 Hulaween – Amphitheatre Stage, Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park Live Oak, FL, a gap of 24 shows$ – With a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM), King Solomon’s Marbles Teases (Band), Dancing In The Streets Teases (Band), Unfinished% – With Dancing In The Streets Teases (Band), “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Teases (TH), Not played since 2018-04-21 Sweetwater 420 Festival, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA, a gap of 45 shows^ – With Dancing In The Streets Teases (SM) and a Ruben & Cherise Tease (MB)& – Not played since 2018-03-15 Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY, a gap of 48 Shows
Welsh Family Hall will bring together dance groups ranging in style from swing to hip-hop this weekend in its annual signature event, DanceFest 2012. Junior Anna Gorman said the goal of DanceFest is to highlight the performing arts culture at Notre Dame. “The DanceFest started as a way to showcase dance groups on campus because not too many are aware they exist or find them interesting,” Gorman said. “We have dancers on campus who are absolutely phenomenal and deserve more attention than they currently receive.” DanceFest will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall. The show will feature numbers from Dance Company, TransPose, Project Fresh, the Pom Squad, Troop ND, the Irish Dance Team and Swing Club, along with a few group performances choreographed specifically for the show. Gorman said she hopes the DanceFest’s collaborative nature will entice students to attend one of this weekend’s performances. “People don’t necessarily want to go to all the different dance shows, but this gives them a taste of the different companies in one sitting,” Gorman said. “Hopefully, attending one show will spark their interest, and they will recognize the impressiveness of dance.” Gorman said though all the performers share an enthusiasm for dance, each group participating in DanceFest brings its own unique style to the show. “When you see the dancers on stage, you can see their passion, and you can tell their having a great time dancing under the lights and having an audience to enjoy their performance,” Gorman said. Sophomore Katie Fusco, a member of the TransPose modern dance company, said DanceFest builds a stronger campus arts culture for students. “The chance to collaborate with all of the dance groups on campus is an opportunity invaluable to fostering a supportive performing arts community at Notre Dame,” Fusco said. Gorman said proceeds from the DanceFest will benefit the Robinson Community Center’s Summer Shakespeare Program in support of the performing arts. “We hope our efforts will give more kids the opportunity to express themselves artistically through the Shakespeare program,” Gorman said.