Prayers For Pomeroy As Jorma Travels On

February 19th, 2018 Jorma 16 comments

I’ve been out on this road trip for a week now. A week is not so long but for some reason this one seems like a lifetime. Back home, the vicissitudes of winter have been vicious this year. Normally we’re just about mud and wintry mix. The worst that usually happens is mud in the yard and a dirty vehicle. This year, however, there’s been sub zero temperatures, lots of snow and ice and even more snow days at the Middle School than our daughter would like… and then it started to rain… and rain, and rain and rain. Anywhere one lives in the good old U. S. of A. you are burdened by some sort of local natural disaster. With the ongoing climate change we have had more tornadoes than ever before. One hit the Ranch a year ago February and did what tornadoes do… destroy lots of stuff. Over the year the natural disaster that dwells with us has always been floods. Pomeroy, this little town where our Zip Code resides is right on the Ohio River and is no stranger to floods. Pomeroy has had a love/hate relationship with the Ohio River since 1804. The river has been a commercial thoroughfare since the French and Indian Wars. I’ve heard people who live in safe havens where nothing worse happens than a missed day of trash collection look down on folks who live in disaster areas and won’t move. These are our homes, and anything worth having is work fighting for.

WSAZ Pomeroy News.

The Ranch is on the top of a hill and tornadoes hit us, but the flood does not. The fields below our property are now a sea of muddy waters. It has happened before, and it will happen again. I heard the the Ohio River will crest later today 50 above flood stage. We know when these things will happen as the Army Corps Of Engineers has to open the flood gates in the dams periodically to release some of the pressure. I am thinking of my friends and neighbors at home and pray for their safety and well being.

I was reminded by a friend who lives in Houston that after the hurricane and flooding they experienced there were email posts from mutual acquaintances in California who claimed that Houston residents deserved this because Trump got elected. As my father would say, ‘Why are there so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

Nuff said on that for now.

And so it begins with a nap

And so it begins with a nap

Foto by Myron Hart

On this trip there are only three of us on the bus. Myself, Myron my tech and Phil my tour manager. The bus company was out of band busses so I got what the call a Star Coach which has a stateroom in the back. Never had one before… kind of cool. All that being said, and mind you I’m not complaining about my gig… I’m beyond being blessed… still and all… it’s still work. At my age I am well aware that the day of the superstar is over. I used to take my physical abilities for granted… not any more. Every show requires a level of preparation that would have been unheard of in my youth. That’s just how it is, and because I can still do what I need to do to maintain the level of performance I require… it’s all good. I’m reminded of my Uncle Art, may he rest in peace. After my father passed in 1997, his cousin Art would call me once a year around Christmas because he liked calling someone named Jorma. He would speak to me in Finnish and laugh when I couldn’t understand him. He would switch to English and we would talk and talk. When I would play the Iron Horse in Northampton he would sometimes come with his kids and grand kids and we would share family. I remember one of our last phone calls. ‘Hello Jorma,’ he would say. We would exchange pleasantries and then at the end of the conversation he said, ‘One of these days these call will stop, so I will say hello and goodbye now.’ Indeed, one of those days the calls stopped and he was gone… the last goodbyes said.

So I’m working here and I love my job, of course. I missed my daughter’s first dance in middle school. I did get to see quite a few of her volley ball games, but I will miss most of her track and field. Like they say in the movies, ‘This is the life I have chosen.’ That’s the deal. It ain’t all beer and skittle, but then what is?

Space, the final frontier

Space, the final frontier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So the first gig was at Space in Evanston, Illinois. I love this place… a sold out show and good food!

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2018
Jorma Solo
Space
Evanston, Illinois
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Hear Temporary
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. How Long Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Candy Man
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Dime For Beer
13. Keep On Trucking Mama
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Hanging in Space

Hanging in Space

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Space is really a delightful venue. Great folks, great food… and great sound.

Green room sights...

Green room sights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then after show an overnight drive to Minneapolis and the Cedar Cultural Center

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our hotel was right by the stadium which was kind of cool since I just watched the game.

Cedar Marquee

Cedar Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve been coming to the Cedar Cultural Center for a long time… and I’m very fond of it and the folks who run it… Before the show we had some of the tastiest and different Indian food I’d ever had.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I See The Light
4. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Barbeque King
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Been So Long
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Trial by Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

The next day we drove on down to Stoughton, Wisconsin and the Opera House. This is another of those truly great venues and the folks in Stoughton are so lucky to have it!

Nice Marquee Poster

Nice Marquee Poster

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another great vintage ceiling

Another great vintage ceiling

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
February 15, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. How Long Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Go towards the light

Go towards the light

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s nights like this that make it all worthwhile.

One great room!

One great room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was an early call and off to Kansas City, Missouri to the Folk Alliance International. I had a short showcase on Saturday night, but there was lots of press, hanging and lip flapping.

Taking the shine off the forehead

Taking the shine off the forehead

I ran into some of my favorite people.

Me and Mary Gauthier

Me and Mary Gauthier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with Dar Williams, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh, Hans Theessnik and lots more. It was great!

Late night short program

Late night short program

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2018
Folk Alliance International
Kansas City, Mo.
February 17, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Barbeque King
4. Sleep Song
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues

After my little gig, I got to hear Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Good stuff… very good!

Me, Trey and Rob

Me, Trey and Rob

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then the magic of the International was over and we began our drive to Denver.

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We stopped in Oakley for lunch. Oakley used to be the home of the World’s Largest Prairie Dog and the Rattlesnake Farm with the giant rabbits and the six legged cow. These tidbits of Roadside Americana were gone, sad to say.

The only snakes here are now living free.

The only snakes here are now living free.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love Roadside Americana… progress is a two edged sword.

This evening here in Denver I’ll be playing a sold out show at the L-2 church and then on to Santa Fe.

I’ve gone on long enough here… Onward.

A Week In Sanibel And Back To Reality

February 3rd, 2018 Jorma 26 comments
Morning in Meigs

Morning in Meigs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A lovely chilly morning at the Fur Peace Ranch as I headed to the airport in Columbus to fly down to Sanibel Island to teach song writing for a week. My class didn’t begin until Monday and John Hurlbut and I got down there Sunday afternoon in time to drive over to Captiva for a Mexican dinner.

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

Foto by John Hurlbut

Delightful food and inexpensive. My rule of thumb is that any time Mexican food is expensive… it’s not real. On Monday before class started I got a little walk on the beach and picked up some shells for Izze.

Shell City...

Shell City...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That was it for my being a tourist. With three classes a day I only saw the beach from my window from then on. At lwast it wasn’t snowing! Working with a songwriting group is both rewarding and humbling. I never cease to be amazed at the creativity humans show when given the chance. Thanks team!

The Sanibel Songwriters

The Sanibel Songwriters

Foto by Joe Couri

Thursday night I played a little set for the folks, Roy Book Binder stopped by for w tune or two and John Hurlbut and I recreated our dinner show from the Pho Peace Kitchen.

Blowing on Bird Song

Blowing on Bird Song

Foto by Joe Couri

And then it was time to come home. Lots of nice things to remember about Sanibel Island… dark skies, no chain stores, no traffic lights, lots of beaches and shells, nice people and good food.

Waiting for the green flash...

Waiting for the green flash...

Foto by Joe Couri

A great week and an uneventful flight home. It’s chilly… but it’s home.

Last Two Dates In Jamaica And Home

January 24th, 2018 Jorma 38 comments

Just wrapping this up on a snowy afternoon.

Saturday's Gig

Saturday's Gig

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Saturday January 20, 2018

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Roads and Roads &
11. Funky #7

We just got finished before a big storm came in. Definitely got lucky!

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 8, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Sunday January 21, 2018

1. Keep On Trucking Mama
2. I See The Light
3. Walking Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Hit Single #1

Later that evening we sat in with Dark Star for Smokestack Lightning, Baby What You Want Me To Do? and White Rabbit. A great time had by all!

The last sunset of the trip

The last sunset of the trip

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back home… to the real world here in Southeast Ohio.

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great trip, but it’s great to me home… wintry mix and all!

From North To South

January 20th, 2018 Jorma 9 comments
Leaving the Ranch

Leaving the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep, winter in Ohio as we headed down to Nashville for our Winery Gig.

The mighty Winery in Nashville

The mighty Winery in Nashville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 1, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Heart Temporary
7. Candy Man
8. Trouble In Mind
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. True Religion
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Living In The Moment

We left after show and drove down to Atlanta.

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Atlanta gig was a first for us… but we love this place too.

Hot Tuna 2, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, January 12, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sea Child
9. How Long Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. Too Many Years
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Death Don’t have No Mercy

After show we drove to St. Petersburg for our first of two gigs with Susan and Derek. The temperature was 42 degrees when we hit the stage. Suffice it to say we were hot, but it was cold!

Hot Tuna 3, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Vinoy Park
St. Petersburg, Florida
January 13, 2018

1. Living Just For You
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Trial By Fire
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Funky # 7

Another after show drive to Boca Raton and another show with Derek and Susan… a little warmer.

Hot Tuna 4, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Mizner Park
Boca Raton, Florida
Sunday, January 14, 2018

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit Single #1

Then it was off to Jamaica for our stint with Dark Star.

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was warmer here in the Islands then it was in Florida… but it is not hot. We moved over to Paradise Cove where it was rainy and barely balmy.

Between rainstorms

Between rainstorms

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our first night was between rains…

Hot Tuna 5, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talking bout you
5. Sleep Song
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. I See The Light
8. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. 99 Year Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky #7

Rockin' in the sand

Rockin' in the sand

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hey, it’s not snowing… but there’s been a lot of rain.

Hot Tuna 6, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Friday, January 19, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. New Song For The Morning
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider

On the prom stage

On the prom stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We were able to do our show indoors last night. It’s sunny right now, so perhaps tonight’s show will actually be outdoors.

More will be revealed.

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Boak’s Bash In Easton, PA

January 8th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Frigid Friday Sunrise

Frigid Friday Sunrise

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yet another sub freezing morning as Myron and I loaded up the Jeep to head to the State Theater in Easton, Pennsylvania to be part of Dick Boak’s retirement gala. Dick’s history with Martin Guitars is… well, legendary. Over a decade ago it was Dick who sat us down at the Pizza place across the street from the Martin factory and there on a table napkin the Jorma M-30 was born.

A star is born!

A star is born!

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

David Bromberg got me started with his fine Bromberg Model… and then it was my turn. Anyway, after who knows how many years Dick will move into Emeritus Status and on his way he put together an amazing night of music with a gaggle of his friends.

What a magnificent room!

What a magnificent room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hanging out in catering...

Hanging out in catering...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

With folks like NIck Forster and Lawrence Juber, Ernie Sites, Steve Miller, David Bromberg, John Mayer, Craig Thatcher and Trevor Gordon Hall it was a night filled with music and fellowship!

The old dog spins a yarn...

The old dog spins a yarn...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I played Sleep Song and Living In The Moment and then called Craig Thatcher up for a duet on good Shepherd.

Old friends...

Old friends...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then David Bromberg joined me for Death Don’t Have No Mercy and Come Back Baby.

When we weren’t playing… it was a non stop hang!

Jorma, Nick and David

Jorma, Nick and David

Foto by Myron Hart

Ernie Sites, Steve Miller and Craig Thatcher

Ernie Sites, Lawrence Juber and Craig Thatcher

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I got a chance to meet John Mayer. I felt like I knew a little about him from his reputation. Chatting with him for a while I found him to be a most genuine artist and a gentle soul!

New friends... always good.

New friends... always good.

Foto by Myron Hart

All in all… Happy retirement Dick… although the thought of you retiring from anything is utterly alien. Thanks for inviting me to your amazing party! I think you should retire every year… and always count me in!

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2018… It’s Here At Last

January 1st, 2018 Jorma 33 comments
Every day is a gateway to tomorrow

Every day is a gateway to tomorrow

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Indeed every day is a gateway to tomorrow so why should the 31st day of the last month of one year be any more meaningful than the first day of the first month of the next year? I guess it makes it easier for us humans to make sense out of the otherwise stochastic movement of life. We could probably pick any moment for this to happen, but our long time relationship with the Gregorian Calendar gives us a sense of order we can all easily share. Every year seems tumultuous and 2017 was no more so than any other. Life, death and the passage of time are always with us.

Court Street in Athens, Ohio

Court Street in Athens, Ohio

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The small towns in Ohio were dressed in seasonal finery. I have been home for this holiday season and this is so rare I have treasured every day. As Dorothy said in the Wizard Of Oz, there is no place like home!

The old A frame on a -2 degree day

The old A frame on a -2 degree day

Foto by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen

It was cold outside last night but warm in all our hearts as we visited Kevin Morgan and his wonderful family as we have for the last decade and a half. The kids are all growing up and we are all getting older and that is as it should be. Izze shamed us into staying there until the fireworks at midnight and it was more than all good. Our pal Grateful made a run to Michigan and got some industrial strength displays and the hills and hollers were bathed in sound and light. We didn’t get home until about 0100 or so which made it necessary for me to sleep in until 0700. That’s late for me when I’m home.

One of man's best friends... sleeps in too

One of man's best friends... sleeps in too

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A fine way to start the New Year… Let’s make it a good one!

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Chrismas 2017… A Little Whiteness…

December 25th, 2017 Jorma 18 comments
Not exactly a wonderland...

Not exactly a wonderland...

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

But all things considered, a bona fide winter morning!

Morning peeks through at the Ranch

Morning peeks through at the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time for a little minor snow removal…

The Workshop and Library by morning...

The Workshop and Library by morning...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Very cold… but lovely!

And so came the dawn...

And so came the dawn...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It must be my ancestry. I love this weather!

A man and his leaf blower

A man and his leaf blower

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The leaf blower before the shovel… makes life easier.

Some might complain about this weather, but not I. Every day is a day closer to Spring, but I’m enjoying this season as it comes!

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Looking Back… Looking Forward… 2017

December 22nd, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
Morning at the Ranch...

Morning at the Ranch...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thoughts On Seventy Seven

Birthdays come like it or not and require some measured moments of reflection. For me they are a reminder that the present is not the end result of a life in which each day is like a drop of water… a Chinese water torture of time. As both my children have observed at some point in their young lives, the only constant is change. Nothing is ever one way, good or bad… it just is. I guess what has brought me this far has always been being able to make the most of any situation, self-inflicted or not. I don’t live in the past, but I do not run from memories. They, and the events that spawned them are what have made me… me.

Tonight Vanessa and I went to the memorial service of a friend of mine. We were really more of acquaintances but we liked each other so in the end, I guess that made us friends. I have been to a lot of memorial services here in Southeast Ohio over the last decade or so and since I live in a small, rural community I see the same faces. I see a friend who I almost only see at memorials. ‘We’ve got to stop meeting like this,’ I tell him. We both laugh and move on to extend our condolences to the family. ‘And so it goes,’ in Tralfamadore speak.

As for me, for some time my goal has been to see both my children as adults and to do this with Vanessa by my side. That is indeed the main course, and everything else is desert. I continue to be blessed and not for a moment do I take this life for granted. I am committed to making the most of each day. Whether at home or on the road, it is my duty to be always present.

Tomorrow I will go to the Lake Hope State Park and enjoy a steak dinner with friends and family overlooking the lake. Perhaps I will take my drone with me and take some aerial shots. Perhaps I will just enjoy the moment unencumbered by gadgets. In any case… so far so good. As some wag once said, ‘It will be the oldest I’ve ever been, and the youngest I’ll ever be.’

I’ll take it!

The end of the day...

The end of the day...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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It Was The Last Night Of…

December 20th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments

Hanukkah last night!

Beauty by the Shade River

Beauty by the Shade River

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was still in the high 40’s last night as the Kaukonen household celebrated the last night of Hanukkah. As the setting sun heralded the end of the Festival Of Lights we were able to spend a peaceful moment with the Menorah on the back porch overlooking the Shade River.

Zei gesundt… zei gesundt!

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Transcontinental YoYo And Why Hunger?

December 18th, 2017 Jorma 8 comments

So we got home from the Tuna Tour on Sunday a week ago had a nice week at home with the girls and the critters and then off to San Francisco for the Why Hunger Benefit at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma. We got to San Francisco in time to fight traffic from the airport to get to Japan Town an some dinner.

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I ate noodles at the Mifune for over thirty years, and then like so many things… it was gone. I have no complaints about the food here though!

Justin and I peruse the menues

Justin and I peruse the menues

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s a different scene here… but the food was still great!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Saturday at noon we all drove up to the Viansa Winery in Sonoma to meet Jack.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

These folks were so fortunate the fires did not do their fearsome work here. It was a beautiful late fall afternoon in the wine country.

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Having spent two decades in Northern California it is now always a pleasure to return as a wide eyed tourist. Can’t say I miss the taxes and the gas prices though. That said, can’t complain about the vibe. Menasha who has been so generous to us in so many ways invited her friend David the Tea Man from Santa Cruz to welcome us with his amazing teas and a very spiritual ceremony.

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What an experience this was on so many levels. I can hardly wait to visit his shop in Santa Cruz the next time we work there!

Amazing...

Amazing...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the show got rolling, Jack Casady and Tony Saunders played a beautiful double bass version of ‘Imagine.’ Wow! Then after some more great music, Hot Tuna hit the stage for a 90 minute set.

Imagine

Imagine

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 62, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Imagine There’s No Hunger
Benefit
Viansa Winery
Sonoma, California
December 16, 2017

1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Can’t Get Satisfied
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Roads and Roads &
12. Hit Single # 1
13. Funky #7

There were many old friends there and we made some new as well.

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

I spent over a decade on the road with Pete. What a great musician and a wonderful man! Speaking of old friends. Bob Steeler was there as well and we got to be part of a double drum jam with Justin Guip and Bob.

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And then it was over… back to the hotel at the airport by 0100 and at the airport by 0630.

Walking to the gate

Walking to the gate

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Life has sure been busy, but so far so good… and who would want it any other way! As for the YoYo… reference Thomas Pynchon’s V.