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California Guitar Trio To Tommy Emmanuel

May 9th, 2017 Jorma 38 comments
Last turn to the Ranch

Last turn to the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Tom Feldman, David Wolff and I hosted an Entrance Ramp Class an Saturday night the California Guitar Trio played and wowed us all!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The fellas in the CGT simply have to be seen and heard to be believed!

The boys hold forth

The boys hold forth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As soon as class wound up on Monday noonish, Myron and I beat feet to Nashville for a recording date with Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy asked me to play two songs with him and I was on my way!

Tommy and I check the levels

Tommy and I check the levels

Foto by Myron Hart

We started out with a Merle Travis tune… two acoustic guitars, au naturale… no wires!

Listening and thinking

Listening and thinking

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty engineer at the console

The mighty engineer at the console

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Paying with Tommy is always a treat… to get to record with him is off the charts! We did a Roy Book Binder tune as well… double male vocal.

How's that song go?

How's that song go?

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty M-30 at work!

The mighty M-30 at work!

Foto by Myron Hart

We knocked out the two acoustic tunes and laid down and electric jam as well!

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was time for lunch… bur first…

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

Foto by Myron Hart

Time for some southern BBQ

Three well fed buddies

Three well fed buddies

And lest I forget… the first drone shot of last weeks FPR class!

Everything looks better from the air!

Everything looks better from the air!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Onward!

West Coast Wrap Up… Home For A Day… Then Off To Charleston, WVA

February 27th, 2017 Jorma 20 comments
From Grass Valley to Grants Pass

From Grass Valley to Grants Pass

On the way up to Grants Pass we passed the Oroville Dam… I can see why the evacuated the town. Uneventful for us though… and then we were at the Rogue Theater.

The good old Rogue...

The good old Rogue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Lots of great people have passed through Grants Pass and the Rogue.

Gone by not forgotten

Gone by not forgotten

Hot Tuna 6, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, Oregon
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

First Set:
1 Dime For Beer
2 Ain’t In No Hurry
3 Hesitation Blues
4 How Long Blues
5 Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6 Barbeque King
7 Things That Might Have Been
8 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9 San Francisco Bay Blues
10 Trial By Fire
11 Sleep Song
12 That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1 Genesis
2 The Terrible Operation
3 True Religion
4 I See The Light
5 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6 Come Back Baby
7 Watch The North Wind Rise
8 Sea Child
9 Good Shepherd
10 Candy Man
11 Brother Can You Spare A Dime
12 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13 Encore: Keep On Trucking Mama

A good time had by all…

Another truly great one!

Another truly great one!

Then on to Portland and the Aladdin.

Back at the Aladdin again... it's been to long

Back at the Aladdin again... it's been to long

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Aladdin Theater
Portland, Oregon
Thursday, February 23, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. I’ll Be All Right Someday
6. Barbeque King
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. 99 Year Blues
9. How Long Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Come Back Baby
8. In The Kingdom
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Know You Rider

Then on to Seattle…

The Benaroya

The Benaroya

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Classy joint

Classy joint

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Time for a little dinner before the show… Pho, of course.

Two Friends dine!

Two Friends dine!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yummy

Yummy

Hot Tuna 8, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Benaroya Hall
Seattle, Washington
Friday, February 24, 2017

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Wolves & Lambs
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. Whining Boy
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. How Long Blues
5. Candy Man
6. Come Back Baby
7. Been So Long
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Lovely night

Lovely night

Then a rockin’ drive over the Snoqualmie Pass to Spokane.

Sun and snow on the way to Spokane.

Sun and snow on the way to Spokane.

In Spokane were at a historic spot.

The Plaque

The Plaque

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Calm before the storm at the Flour Mill

Calm before the storm at the Flour Mill

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 9 & 10, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill
Spokane, Washington
Saturday, February 25, 2017

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbecue King
7. Heart Temporary
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. I See The Light
13. How Long Blues
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Been So Long
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. Candy Man
8. In My Dreams
9. Wolves & Lambs
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Living In The Moment
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Sleep Song
14. Good Shepherd
15. Hesitation Blues
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Re-Enlistment Blues

Then a very early airport call for the flight home.

Bleakness at the Spokane Airport... 0800

Bleakness at the Spokane Airport... 0800

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then… beating feet for home!

Jorma and Myron... exit row!

Jorma and Myron... exit row!

Tomorrow I head on over to Charleston, West Virginia to play with Tedeschi/Trucks at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Looking forward to this as always.

Onward!

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Catching Up With Three…

February 19th, 2017 Jorma 5 comments
That wise old bird...

That wise old bird...

Back on the mainland for a week now. I landed in San Diego and our first gig was at the Belly Up.

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve played the Belly Up for years now… like coming home in a way.

Hot Tuna 1, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Belly Up
Solana Beach, California
Monday, February 13, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Been So Long
8. How Long Blues
9. Candy Man
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hear Temporary
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Baby Blues
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Trial By Fire
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Nice way to kick off 2017. Next day at the Dana, Jack and I were part of a nifty foto shoot.

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was out of San Diego and up to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Again… many years at the Coach house. Nice to be back!

Hot Tuna 2, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, California
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. I See The Light
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Living In The Moment
11. Sleep Song
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Good Shepherd
14. Come Back Baby
15. Candy Man
16. I Am The Light Of This World
17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
18. Encore: Genesis

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Then up to Santa Barbara to the Lobero.

What traffic?

What traffic?

California traffic in this part of the state is relentless…

A man's gotta eat...

A man's gotta eat...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We took a break from the traffic and stopped for some seafood in Malibu… then on to Santa Barbara and the rains came.

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Quite a rain. 101 close south of Santa Barbara… The show must go on!

This is a great room!

This is a great room!

Hot Tuna 3, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, California
Friday, February 17, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. In My Dreams
11. True Religion
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Take heed...

Take heed...

Foto by Jack Casady

Then a haul ass drive to San Francisco. Check into the hotel and head over to Berkeley for Jeff Pehrson’s surprise 50th birthday party at the Freight And Salvage. Jim Brunberg set this one up. Nice work Jim!

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Love the Japan Center… took a little walk this morning.

Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street

I had my first Japanese food here on Buchanan street in the 60’s when there was still traffic on it. Still lovely!

Tonight Jack and Justin and I will be rocking the Fillmore Auditorium!

More will definitely be revealed!

Aloha And Back To The Mainland

February 11th, 2017 Jorma 26 comments
Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Another fabulous Fur Peace Ranch On The Road has come to an end and it is time for us all to return to our ‘normal’ lives… whatever that means.

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

Yep, this was a dandy alright. Vanessa and Izze and Montana flew back yesterday. True, it is still winter in Ohio, but home and our animals are there!

Pickers and family support...

Pickers and family support...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time for me to close up my bags and head for San Diego where I will meet Jack Casady as well as Phil and Myron. Our first gig will be at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

Yep, it’s been great… but I gotta be movin’ along…

More will be revealed!

Of Felines, Football & Sunrises

February 6th, 2017 Jorma 18 comments
This is not a white oak

This is not a white oak

Saturday started with a trip to Lahaina for breakfast and of course I took yet another close up of the Banyan Tree. Our plans were to take the ferry to Lanai and visit the cat sanctuary.

Heading to Lanai

Heading to Lanai

Personally, I don’t think I would like to live on an island… too confining… but to be here when it’s winter in Ohio and to, in some way, make this a ‘work’ trip… how good does it have to get.

Izze loves kitties… we have four at our place. There’s Miss Kitty, the mistress of the Fur Peace Ranch, There’s Zammy and Aslan and Mary Katherine who came with us from Hillside Farm. There are also a number of visiting felines who come to share in the buffet when Maverick, Dog Of Light And Destiny, is not out. The feline sanctuary, was an amazing forever home for cats who would otherwise be destroyed.

How true... how true!

How true... how true!

The cats get medical attention, food, and a safe place to live. There were almost six hundred in permanent residence the day we were there!

New found friends!

New found friends!

Most of the animals were moderately friendly. The feral ones kept to themselves and we neither saw nor heard any cat fights.

Just a microcosm of what is going on here.

Just a microcosm of what is going on here.

Keep in mind that the Lanai Cat Sanctuary is a donation driven non profit organization. Check out their website, and if you love kitties… give them a few bucks. It is also ocean with an amazing view from a gentle hillside. What a location!

A sly look from above...

A sly look from above...

What a cool place. Yes, there is occasionally eau de cat poop tickling your nose, but hey… there’s over 500 cats! It could be worse… and the staff is constantly cleaning the grounds.

Can we take them home?

Can we take them home?

Then it was back to Maui in time for some late afternoon swimming.

This doesn't suck too bad...

This doesn't suck too bad...

Yesterday, of course, was Super Bowl Sunday. I didn’t have a favorite team. My Steelers were eliminated in the playoffs. I’m not fond of New England so I was rooting for Atlanta. Vanessa is a New England fan, so football at our place is always exciting. All this being said, I don’t think I have ever seen a more amazing game. My first NFL game was Super Bowl VII. Dolphins vs Redskins. We had tickets on the 50 yard line at the L.A. Coliseum. I was hooked and later I would have season tickets for the Oakland Raiders. I parked in Al Davis’ parking spot when I bought my first season ticket. Good times. Anyway…yesterday’s game was off the charts for me. Great football from two fine teams. I may never see a better one. Of course… there’s always next year.

Exciting stuff for sure!

I was up early this morning and out the window day was breaking in the most amazing way. I grabbed my camera and hit the beach!

Morning over Molokai

Morning over Molokai

You can’t make this stuff up!

Indeed...

Indeed...

Today we begin our second Fur Peace Ranch On The Road and I will be joined by my pal David Wolff. He and I will be teaching here until Friday morning.

Classes don’t start until this evening, so I think I’ll take a drive on the back side of the island to Hana.

More will be revealed!

Volcanos And Frets

February 1st, 2017 Jorma 33 comments
From 10,000 feet

From 10,000 feet

Every time we come to Maui, a trip to Haleakala is mandated, and it never gets old. The drive to Kula is amazing enough, and then you enter the National Park. I show the Ranger at the gate my Golden Age Passport an me and my carload of family and friends are passed into the park free. Age is recognized at national parks.

Not a bad view

Not a bad view

This is one of those places here everywhere is a photo op and more. If you consider that the last eruption here was in 1790, it seems like yesterday.

Lava grows

Lava grows

We’ve been up here when the temperature was in the 30’s, but on this day, the low 60’s were delightful.

The caldera...

The caldera...

Mountains of the moon?

Mountains of the moon?

The power of nature is always awesome wherever you encounter it… it is truly in your face here!

Life in the rocks...

Life in the rocks...

To see vegetation so far above the tree line, is truly breathtaking.

Another look at the caldera...

Another look at the caldera...

Yeah, the hits just keep on coming!

One great shot after another...

One great shot after another...

Looking down from 10,000 feet

Looking down from 10,000 feet

What a great day Sunday was. Yesterday our Fur Peace Ranch On The Road began and we have been able to invite our creative souls with the sound of the ocean gently rolling in the background. Every now and then a whale breaches and a cheer goes up from the beach.

Good times!

Another glorious day bids us goodbye...

Another glorious day bids us goodbye...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sometimes you have to make the best of where you are… and sometimes where you are… is the best!

Onward!

The Road May Not Go On Forever… But It Goes On…

December 4th, 2016 Jorma 18 comments
Bigger than life...

Bigger than life...

Some wintry mix falling and outside the window of the bus we see the Tootsie Roll eighteen wheeler. I’m not much of a candy eater but Trick Or Treating always brings out the Tootsie Roll in me.

The facade of the Orpheum

The facade of the Orpheum

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I had been looking forward to this gig with Susan and Derek for some time and as always, it was a treat!

Good times

Good times

Foto by Phil Jacobs

What a beautiful theater the Orpheum is!

Gotta love a ceiling like this!

Gotta love a ceiling like this!

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2016
Jorma Solo
Opening For Tedeschi/Trucks
The Orpheum Theater
Boston, Mass.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Come back Baby
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sea Child
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. How Long Blues
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Good Shepherd
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Water Song

Like a night at the opera

Like a night at the opera

Susan had a beautiful new Alessandro Amp!

Amp bling!

Amp bling!

Then I got to strap on the Bird and play Keys To The Highway with Susan, Derek an the gang!

How good does it have to get?

How good does it have to get?

Foto by Joe FitzPatrick

What a joy and an honor to hang with folks where everyone is a superstar!

Then from Boston to Woodstock, N.Y. and a Midnight Ramble at Levon’s place.

May his memory be a blessing!

May his memory be a blessing!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I haven’t been to Lee’s place since he passed. I worked on two projects there, River Of Time and Steady As She Goes. Lee played on two songs for me on River and he and Muddy and I just hung out during Tuna’s Steady As She Goes.

Lee and his bud Muddy

Lee and his bud Muddy

Time flies… really flies. It seems like Levon Helm should still be here but he’s been gone for almost half a decade… and that’s just the way it is. I missed him at his Woodstock manse, but I could feel him looking over my shoulder.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2016
Jorma Solo
Midnight Ramble
Levon Helm’s Barn
Woodstock, New York
Friday, December 2, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. How Long Blues
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Living In The Moment
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbeque King
11. Candy Man
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. The Terrible Operation
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. River Of Time
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Genesis

Me on stage and Levon... somewhere in the rafters!

Me on stage and Levon... somewhere in the rafters!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we breezed up to Cazenovia where I played for the first time at the Catherine Cummings Theater.

This is one great room!

This is one great room!

Jorma Kaukonen 34, 2016
Jorma Solo
Catherine Cummings Theater
Cazenovia, New York
Saturday, December 3, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Come Back Baby
6. Sleep Song
7. Flying clouds
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Candy Man
10. In My Dreams
11. Nobody Knows You When Your Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Barbeque King
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Sleep Song
7. In The Kingdom
8. Good Shepherd
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Bar Room Crystal ball
11. Water Song
12. In My Dreams
13. I Know You Rider
14. Embryonic Journey

Then today a quick drive to Rochester where tomorrow I will be at the Wolk Community Jewish Center.

I’m not slowing down yet… that’s for sure! It’s dark and winter up here in Upstate New York. There’s something peace about the early darkness in the northern latitudes. Time for a nice night’s sleep.

Bon nuit…

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Only The Strong Survive…Return From Disney World

October 17th, 2016 Jorma 52 comments
In laws, nephews and kids

In laws, nephews and kids

So Izze by virtue of her hard work and skipping a grade earned her trip to Disney World… and off we went.
Our daughter Izze has worked so hard in school. At 10 years of age she is already halfway through 6th grade and is at the top of her class. That’s a far cry from where I was when I was in school. Anyway, this kid has worked her tail off and the complaining factor was really low! She definitely deserved a reward and when asked what she would like to do, ‘Go to Disney World!’ was the answer. Now I have to say, that wouldn’t have been my first choice, but then it wasn’t my choice to make. OK Sweetie… we’re going to Disney World.

Izze made all the arrangements herself (with Mom in the shadows over her shoulder, of course) We would stay in the resort at Animal Kingdom and our itinerary would include, Animal Kingdom, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Springs. We got Vanessa’s sister Ginger and her son Montana on board for the trip and we got ready for a Family Vacation!

We flew to Orlando on Thursday last, checked into the Lodge at Animal Kingdom and headed over to the park.

The tree of life had a whole Avatar vibe going for it. Here's the kiddo...

The tree of life had a whole Avatar vibe going for it. Here's the kiddo...

Some great animals in what seemed to be a very animal friendly habitat.

White Rhinos have the right of way!

White Rhinos have the right of way!

Return from Serengeti

Return from Serengeti

We caught the rides we wanted and got into Tiffin in time for an absolutely delicious dinner. Back at the hotel it probably seemed later than it was and the whole gang hit the sack.

The kids at the castle

The kids at the castle

I'm at Disney World... where next...

I'm at Disney World... where next...

On Friday back on the bus and off to the Magic Kingdom. I have to say, I really enjoyed the whole thing more than I thought I would. Actually, I enjoyed it a lot… and there’s nothing like to sight of pure joy on kid’s face! Well, I got to ride Space Mountain too!

After Space Mountain... kind of blue

After Space Mountain... kind of blue

After a full day at Magic, we got back to our room in time to turn on the TV and see Vanessa and Izze’s face right there in the front row of the Grammy Music Legends Special on PBS. Wow… nice timing. Now I had my DVR set to record the thing at home, but it was nice to catch some of it down in Disney World.

Now I never got in the game for awards… it just never occurred to me. It has always been the love of the music that has sustained me through good times and bad! That said, to get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammies… is, well… quite the honor indeed. We are in good company, and for Vanessa and Izze and myself to be able to sit in the front row at a Grammy event… well, priceless!

Grace, me and Izze... front row at the Nokia

Grace, me and Izze... front row at the Nokia

Saturday was our last full day at Disney World and we made the most of it. At Epcot I pulled 2 and a half G’s on a mission to Mars directed by Gary Sinise. Mission accomplished. Nice work team.

Spaceship earth

Spaceship earth

The tech involved in the rides at Disney is unbelievable… it’s a class act, and a complete blast!

Spaceport... next stop Mars

Spaceport... next stop Mars

Ready for the Mars rocket

Ready for the Mars rocket

Selfie at Disney Springs

Selfie at Disney Springs

After recovering from the Mars Mission, we went to Disney Springs for a little shopping and another delicious dinner. Then back to the lodge at Animal Kingdom and a night dip in the pool then to bed for an early trip to the airport yesterday morning and a long but trouble free trip home.

I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew that Izze really wanted to go… but I loved it too! Now we’re back in our own little animal kingdom. Gotta go to the kennel to pick Maverick up.

Good trip, but always great to be home. This weekend at the FPR is Rev. Gary Davis weekend with Tom Feldmann and myself, Woody Mann and Roy Book Binder.

Life certainly has been full and good of late!

NYC, Fordham And The Beacon

October 7th, 2016 Jorma 46 comments
One of the remaining great radio stations!

One of the remaining great radio stations!

I left San Francisco on Monday… next stop NYC. Tuesday, up to Fordham for WFUV with John Platt.

Me and John Platt

Me and John Platt

John invited me up to the campus to tape a radio show for WFUV. We chewed the fat for a while and I played several songs… then back down to the 70’s and dinner at Serafina. Michael Falzarano joined Myron and myself for a delicious dinner!

Walking around the neighborhood, around the corner from Amsterdam in 76th, was the building where Joe Zinman, Jos Davidson and myself roomed in 1960 when I had an Antioch Co-Op job at the Rusk Institute For Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at 400 E. 34th St.

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel… the three of us lived in a two room apartment. Good times!

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

I worked as an attendant at the hospital during the day. I got $80.00 a week before taxes. This was a seminal moment in my life. On my own, paying my own bills and playing guitar in the Village non stop. My first ‘public’ guitar moment in NYC was at Gerde’s Folk City at a Hootenanny run by Brother John Sellers. What a time.

Fast forward to the present, and around the corner from the old Lincoln Square was this:

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Beacon Theater is such an amazing place.

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

I got a chance to play an hour set before Tedeschi/Trucks… the sound was awesome an the audience wonderful!

Jorma Kaukonen 29, 2016
At The Beacon Theater
With Tedeschi/Trucks
New York City, New York
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Dime For Beer
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Sleep Song
6. Good Shepherd
7. Come Back Baby
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Then I got together with Derek to go over Let’s Go Get Stoned and Rollin’ And Tumblin’ for their encore.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Foto by Myron Hart

What an amazing couple of days, and what a great night!

Into the light...

Into the light...

I’d like to walk into this light as long as possible!

That said, it’s great to be home!

Three More On The Way Home

August 15th, 2016 Jorma 34 comments

Wisdom from the Midwest!

All on the street

All on the street

I know it's hard to read... but it's cool

I know it's hard to read... but it's cool

And onward...

And onward...

The Englert Theater in Iowa City… we don’t get here often enough, but we love it!

This is the breakfast spot in Iowa City...

This is the breakfast spot in Iowa City...

Phil and I dined at Hamburger Inn #2.

Me and Slick Willie

Me and Slick Willie

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And at the Gig:

Scene of the crime... in IC

Scene of the crime... in IC

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Getting the gear ready...

Getting the gear ready...

Hot Tuna 21, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Friday, August 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Sea Child
7. Barbeque King
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. The Terrible Operation
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. Candy Man
5. Coe Back Baby
6. Third Week In The Chelsea
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nice posters...

Nice posters...

Irving B. Weber and I commune...

Irving B. Weber and I commune...

Love the Englert… good friends, good food and a great show… then it was off to the Windy…

The Holy Grail in the MIdwest...

The Holy Grail in the MIdwest...

When I was at Antioch College in 1959… the Old Town School Of Folk Music was Folkie Mecca so to speak. Win Stracke did us all a service… and it was an honor for us to play there again… one more time.

Hot Tuna 22, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Two Shows @
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, August 13, 2016

First Show:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Come Back Baby
6. Genesis
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Barbeque King
6. Candy Man
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Ain’t In No Hurry
12. San Francisco Blues
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. The Terrible Operation
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
17. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Our name in chalk...

Our name in chalk...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks Woody

Thanks Woody

Then a couple hours of sleep and off to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

Great East African Food too!

Great East African Food too!

Hot Tuna 23, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sunday, August 14, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. I’ll BE All Right Some Day
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
11. Death Don’t Have no Mrcy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Candy Man
3. Come Back Baby
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. 99 Year Blues
7. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. How Long Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Genesis

Getting ready to send the boys to the airport

Getting ready to send the boys to the airport

This was an awesome run… Jack and Justin and I loved the four electric gigs with Leftover Salmon and an Jack and I loved the five acoustic gigs together…

Looking forward to the next move!

Onward…