Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: Don’t you dare slag them off as a mere cover band. The group otherwise known for its experimental Led Zeppelin instrumentals as Bustle in Your Hedgerow here works its high-octane magic on Grateful Dead material, taking the improvisations to wild new realms. Keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Scott Metzer (who’s been raising the ghost of Danny Gatton in his other group, Wolf!), are the special sauce. On Friday, the lanes will be energized by the annual Freaks Ball thrown by a local group of rabid live-music connoisseurs. $25–$30. 9 p.m. 21 and over. Brooklyn Bowl and the doors open at 6 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 23, 9 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 24, 9 p.m., 2015