Two Nights In Minneapolis…

July 23rd, 2014 Jorma 5 comments
Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

After the great gig in Iowa City, we burned it on up to the Twin Cities for two nights and four shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis.

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

We wandered down Nicelolett street and stumbled across the Jerusalem eatery where we had… well a really great dinner!

Nick... from Time For Three

Nick... from Time For Three

On our way out of the hotel to the Dakota, we ran into Nick from Time For Three. The guys played the night before us and are on their way to the East Coast for the Ram’s Head in Annapolis and the Birchmere in Arlington. Cool guys… cool music!

The mighty Dakota

The mighty Dakota

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here are our set lists from the two nights… and four show:

Hot Tuna 57, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Monday, July 201, 2014

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. More Than My Old Guitar
7. How Long Blues
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Full Go Round
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider
Second Show:
1. Too Many Years
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Children Of Zion
5. BBQ King
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of The World
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 58, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Show:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. River Of Time
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Things That Might Have Been
10. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
11. Goodbye To The Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. I’ll Be All Right Someday
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burnings
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Search My Heart
4. Prohibition Blues
5. BBQ King
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Walking Blues
12. True Religion
13. Nine Pound hammer
14. Encore: Genesis

Faces on the wall

Faces on the wall

Good times in the Twin Cities… left early this morning. Sleeping in Hammond, Indiana tonight and home for a night tomorrow, then off to Kentucky to Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University. Then Jack and I are back at the Fur Peace Station on Saturday for show and I will be performing Sunday during the day at the Arts And Minds Festival… free folks… at the good old Fur Peace Ranch

That’s all folks… badea badea badea (Looney Tunes)!

Milwaukee To Iowa City

July 20th, 2014 Jorma 19 comments
Cool building in Milwaukee

Cool building in Milwaukee

So we pulled into Milwaukee on a ‘day off,’ aka ‘travel day,’ and had time for some good food and a nice walk.

View from the bridge near the hotel

View from the bridge near the hotel

We were here to play the extremely cool Pabst Theater.

The plaque says it all

The plaque says it all

The Pabst is one of those extremely cool beautifully restored and maintained historic theaters that dot this great country of ours.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

Not only was it a great place to play, but the catering was out of this world. Now we need to thank Chef Lou Lou and her gang for the unbelievable and classy feed they fixed for us. Check this desert out.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

And check this menu out:

The plain menu

The plain menu

The artistic menu

The artistic menu

OK… we came… we ate… and we played. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 55, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Friday, July 18, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. The Terrible Operation
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Second Chances
8. Barbeque King
9. Children Of Zion
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Walkin’ Blues
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Come Back Baby

My son Zach joined us for Been So Long… cool beans.

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

Then it was off to Iowa City and the Englert Theater.

The lovely Englert Marquee

The lovely Englert Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

In Iowa City we were greeted by a myriad of old friends… and it is always good to see old friends.

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Here is our set list from the Englert last night:

Hot Tuna 56, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. In My Dreams
9. Barbeque King
10. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Follow The Drinking Gourd
12. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Vicksburg Stomp
3. Second Chances
4. Children Of Zion
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Years roll by… but old friends will always be old friends.

Downstairs at the Englert

Downstairs at the Englert

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Speaking of memories... check these names...

Speaking of memories... check these names...

That’s about it for now… off to the Twin Cities and the Dakota for two nights… four shows.

Who could it be now?

Who could it be now?

Foto by Phil Jacobs… self portrait… sort of…

Onward!

Lost In Space Again

July 17th, 2014 Jorma 28 comments

Firstly, I would like to sadly note the passing of Johnny Winters in Switzerland last night. At 70 for Johnny, I consider that way, way too young. Rest in peace brother… your fiery fingers are in that heavenly band now.

As for me and the Tuna Gang, we soldier on… and here is our set list from last night.

Hot Tuna 54, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Space II
Evanston, Illinois
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Second Chances
8. Prohibition Blues
9. River Of Time
10. Uncle Sam Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Izze’s Lullaby
4. Keep On Trucking Mama
5. Sea Child
6. Full Go Round
7. Walking Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Encore: Water Song

Another really great night at Space… we look forward to coming back.

On to Milwaukee…

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First Night In Space

July 16th, 2014 Jorma 13 comments
On the road again...

On the road again...

Yep… on the road again and en route to Chicago.

Skyline from the bus

Skyline from the bus

We breezed into Evanston sans traffic… what a concept. Evanston is a lovely little community that evokes a modrn European town… nice.

Street art near the hotel

Street art near the hotel

Everything is walking distance here in Evanston… what a concept.

Live music tonight

Live music tonight

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 53, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Space
Evanston, Illinois
July 15, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I See The Light
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. Children of Zion
8. In My Dreams
9. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living In The Moment
3. Big River Blues
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Barbeque King
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

We had a swell time… we love this place since we’re going to be there again tonight. Working on the set list after I finish this entry. Gotta mix stuff up a bit.

Barry an the Buckeye on the bus

Barry an the Buckeye on the bus

We sure are enjoying our little stay up here by the shores of Lake Michigan. Good times!

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Good Start At Common Ground

July 13th, 2014 Jorma 13 comments
A happy Jack getting ready to leave Baltimore for Common Ground

A happy Jack getting ready to leave Baltimore for Common Ground

We headed out from Ohio, got to Baltimore, picked Jack Casady and Phil Jacobs up and met Barry Mitterhoff over in Westminster at Common Ground. Before our set I got a chance to catch Mary Flower’s set.

Mary and me at Common Ground

Mary and me at Common Ground

After a bit I headed over to the Main Stage where Jack and I were the recipients of a great award… the Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts. Here are the previous recipients:

Doc Watson – 2000

Pete & Toshi Seeger – 2001

Odetta – 2002

Etta Baker – 2002

Roger McGuinn – 2003

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – 2004

Joe Hickerson – 2005

Richie Havens – 2006

Jean Ritchie – 2007

Guy and Candi Carawan – 2008

Tom Paxton – 2008

Ralph Stanley – 2009

Hazel Dickens & Mike Seeger – 2010

Stanley Dural, Jr. “Buckwheat Zydeco” & Jesse McReynolds – 2011

John Hammond – 2012

What heady company and what an honor!

It doesn't get much better than this!

It doesn't get much better than this!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

WE received a beautiful hand made Native American flute while shall reside in honor at the Psylodelic Gallery in Darwin, Ohio.

As twilight wrapped us, we began our set, which was as followed:

Hot Tuna 52, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Common Ground On The Hill Festival
Westminster, Maryland
Saturday, July 12, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down An Out
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Now, we’re on our way to Evanston, Illinois to Space… for a gig on the 15th.

Had a great Mexican dinner… now… to bed!

A Little Time At Hillside Farm

July 11th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
Let's go boss... I'm ready!

Let's go boss... I'm ready!

On a nice early morning before heading out on the road, Maverick, Dog Of Destiny and I took our pre prandial perambulation.

The old school road in the morning

The old school road in the morning

An old wagon road used to run through our little farm back in the 1800’s. This part is still left near where the old one room school house used to be. Maverick and I love this walk.

Welcome to the day

Welcome to the day

It looks like this every morning… and I love it!

The old donkey engine

The old donkey engine

As I have mentioned before, we have a natural gas well… and here is where it starts.

Yesterday Izze started her archery training and she’s a natural. Here she is shooting at the Fur Peace Ranch.

nice form

nice form

The arrow left that compound bow and hit the target with a resounding ‘Thwack!’

Izze 'Katniss' Kaukonen sends another one down range!

Izze 'Katniss' Kaukonen sends another one down range!

That’s my girl! NIce shot Izze!

Today we headed out to Maryland… my home time is over for a bit. Tomorrow we play The Common Ground On The Hill Festival as this little run begins.

I’ll miss the girls and home, but I gotta make a few bucks!

Onward!

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Just Another Country Road Home

July 8th, 2014 Jorma 11 comments

So today, Myron Hart and I drove up to Canton to Tuscarawas Street to Pat ‘Manny’ Cahill’s amp shop and the Doctor was in. My early 50’s Ampeg B-15 needed some TLC as did my 1963 Ampeg Reverborocket. Also in the lineup for treatment were my 1962 Fender Super (2×10, brown Tolex) and the Premier Amp that David Bromberg gave me on our last trip to Wilmington.

We blasted back down I-77, Myron picked up his Jeep at the Fur Peace Ranch and headed into town to meet the girls for dinner. After dinner, driving home looked like this:

Country roads indeed...

Country roads indeed...

A fitting end to a fine day…

My pot of gold is just up ahead!

My pot of gold is just up ahead!

I’m always looking for the end of the rainbow. Could this be the day?

Well… there’s always tomorrow!

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BlaZStock On A Saturday Afternoon!

July 7th, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
Patty Mitchell's presence noticed at BlaZStock

Patty MItchell's presence noticed at BlaZStock

So on Saturday the 5th of July, Vanessa and I were invited by our friends Al and Adrone to join their friends and family for a wonderful festival at their farm in the hills of Athens County here in Southeast Ohio. If this were in town, I guess it would be a block party… here it was a Hills & Hollers Fest. There were food carts… balloons by Patty… music… and friends galore.

When we pulled up, our friend Vic Lora was playing a solo set of Jorma & Hot Tuna originals and doing a beautiful job. He was playing songs I couldn’t have remembered offhand if my life depended on it. I would have had to go back to the records and learn them like a kid. Thanks Vic for doing me the honor of keeping my music alive. You sounded great!

Purification

Purification

The next band that came on was Shouts + Whispers.

S & W sets up their stage

S & W sets up their stage

Shouts & Whispers played a fabulous set and had everyone on the scenes rockin’ and rollin,’ stompin’ and strollin!’

Al Thunderbear

Al Thunderbear

This included our gracious host, Al B. himself.

Shouts And Whispers were joined on stage by Emily Singer and Stacia Carr. If the crowd weren’t already on its feet, these ladies would certainly have brought them to their feet. Great set guys and gals!

Tough act to follow… but somebody’s got to do it, and that somebody was me. I figured this wasn’t a moment for a journey into the canyons of my mind so I hit the folks with my rendition of the great Blind Arthur Blake song, That’ll Never Happen No More. Ian Buchanan taught me that song in Yellow Springs, Ohio over half a century ago and changed my life forever. Thanks for that one brother… may you rest in peace!

The John Hurlbut hit the stage and I joined him for Kansas City Southern and a rousing singalong of the great Woody Guthrie tune, This Land Is Your Land.

The boys from the Fur Peace Ranch

The boys from the Fur Peace Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Then John’s buds The Spins, from Dayton, Ohio (The Gem City) took the stage with him and I joined them for a rendition of All Along The Watchtower.

The Watchower always rocks

The Watchower always rocks

(BTW… I bought my old (well, it wasn’t old then) Gibson J-50 in Dayton at Pops Music store. I paid a hundred bucks for it and worth every penny. Now it lives in our Psylodelic Museum at the Fur Peace Ranch.)

Letting my freak flag fly... what there is of it...

Letting my freak flag fly... what there is of it...

I played my new Gibson Peace Les Paul through my 1967 Deluxe… which is not vintage. It’s just old. I bought it new. I also used (in the spirit of Jimi) my Analog Man Sunface stomper. (geeky gear comment)

After Watchtower, we had to get beck to my sis-in-laws place to pick up our daughter and grab some smors.

Anyhoo… what a day! What an evening! Thanks to Al an Adrone and everyone else who was there! Good times!

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A Family 4th, 2014

July 5th, 2014 Jorma 8 comments
Freedom ride...

Freedom ride...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The Fourth started with Israel Love and myself climbing on the old Harley and heading out for a morning Freedom Ride. Now going for a motorcycle ride on a beautiful summer morning may not seem like a big deal in the global scheme of things… but there are many places in this world today where a little journey like this might end with us never coming home. Here we suited up, put on our helmets and rode for a couple of hours before coming home for a snack and a dog walk. Very simple… but very profound. I take this for granted most of the time, but as we Americans celebrate our Independence Day… I give thanks for this simple pleasure… and more!

My Mother flew Old Glory every day at her house in North Shore Tahoe. When she moved down to Mill Valley in the late 80’s, the flag frequently flew at the house she shared with my Dad in Scott’s Valley. After my parents passed in ‘97 and ‘98, many of their possessions came to live in boxes in the shop behind our house here at Hillside Farm. While doing some cleaning a couple of weeks ago, I found the old flag neatly folded, resting a box with ancient family photographs. Yesterday we brought her out and, unprepared, couldn’t find a pole so we reverently hung her from one of the cross beams of our pergola.

Mom's Flag greets the dawn!

Mom's Flag greets the dawn!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We swam in the pool… had a delicious cook out and went to Middleport down on the Ohio River for the fireworks. There we were, family, in-laws, out-laws, nieces, nephews, wives and daughters… and a pickup truck. An all American evening… sitting by the river in a pharmacy parking lot high on a hill with the other local denizens.

The rocket's red glare...

The rocket's red glare...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

This picture says it all for me… but one last thing.

The other day, I was driving Izze and her pal Lucy down to Hillside Farm from Athens and the girls were sitting together in the spacious back seat of my truck. These young ladies were gifts to us from women in China we shall never know… and now these young Americans began to sing together. They started with some show tunes from Annie, but then, all of a sudden they sang The Star Spangled Banner… perfectly… and followed it up with America The Beautiful… perfectly! Two daughters of the Middle Kingdom, more American than apple pie and mom celebrating the Fourth with a message from the heart!

It brought tears of pride to my eyes!

Happy Fourth Of July to my fellow Americans out there… we are blessed indeed… and if I had my way, no one in the world would go hungry tonight!

Two American Girls

Two American Girls

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Electric Guitar… at the FPR

June 30th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
The Big Guy relaxes

The Big Guy relaxes

Friday morning, Maverick relaxed for a bit with me as I got ready to head out to the Fur Peace Ranch for the electric guitar weekend with GE Smith. I had a superb bunch of students and I just hope they had as much fun as did. A truly fine bunch of players. Good times all around.

Saturday night GE Smith and I played to a sold out crowd at the Fur Peace Station. I did an hour set and here it is:

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2014
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, June 28, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. In My Dreams
4. River Of Time
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Bar Room Chrystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. How Long Blues
11. Follow The Drinking Gourd

GE hit the stage and played for an hour plus and then he brought me on and we played together for another forty five of fifty minutes.

A great weekend of musical fellowship and a memorable hang!

The road home Sunday night

The road home Sunday night

Now I’m looking forward to the 4th with the family…

Boom!

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