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Jack Casady Celebrates his 70th and Rules The Beacon

December 14th, 2014 Jorma 48 comments
Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

The anticipation for this year’s Beacon show… the theme of which was Jack’s 70th birthday has been building for some time. A sold out show… tickets were at a premium and even we couldn’t get more. We were so blessed on this run to have a two weeks of dates before the the Big One… so we were primed by the time we pulled into Manhattan. Indeed, we truly were, ‘Ready to rock!’

We were specially thrilled to have Marty Balin and his cohorts as special guests for this great show. We had been looking forward to this since we hosted Marty and his guys for a concert at our Fur Peace Ranch. Also on board for this show was our dear friend G.E. Smith who is always welcome when we hit the boards… you never really know what he is going to bring to the mix, but it’s always great.

The Beacon... a helluva place!

The Beacon... a helluva place!

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have become as integral a part of Tuna as it is possible to be. We wish they could be with us everywhere we go… but we’ll take what we can get and be grateful! Justin Guip has taken over that most important seat behind the drums… and he is certainly the last part of the cat over the fence! I could never say too much about my musical mate Barry Mitterhoff. He and I have been picking together since 2002 or thereabouts and it’s been a swell dance…

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Needless to say… Jack and I have been friends who have played music together for more years than many couples stay married. What a concept! Check this set list out:

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack Casady opens the show...

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack casady opens the show...

Beacon Show
Dec. 13, 2015

First Set:
1. Jack plays as only he can… and we…
2. Segue into Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light… enter Justin, Larry, Barry and G.E.
4. Children Of Zion… same gang with Teresa
5. Hit Single # 1… same gang
6. Three Fifths Of A Mile with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
7. Plastic Fantastic Lover with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa
9. Somebody To Love with Teresa
10. Rock Me Baby… The gang
11. A Little Faster… Same gang
Second Set:
1. Marty Trio
2. Marty Trio
3. Marty Trio
4. Blues with Marty Balin… and the gang
5. White Rabbit with Teresa Williams
6. Sugaree with Teresa Williams
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball… with Teresa and Larry on pedal steel…
8. Water Song… Larry on mandolin… Barry on octave mandolin
9. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E. Smith
10. Big River with Larry Campbell
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Candy Man… you know the deal (Larry on fiddle)
13. Deep Ellum Blues with Larry and Teresa
14. Funky # 7 … usual crew
15. Encore: Volunteers with Marty Balin and everyone
16. Encore 2: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Larry & Teresa

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

And of course, since this was a birthday party… we needed a cake… and what a cake!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Well… this morning with the festivities over, we breakfasted at the Viand Cafe with the family and then Vanessa and I took Zach down to Penn Station to catch the bus back to Virginia… school tomorrow.

The boys, waiting for the bus

The boys, waiting for the bus

That’s about it for now. What a grand time! Tomorrow, onward and home!

From The Synagogue To Scottish Rites

December 12th, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
Good times...

Good times...

Night before last we descended upon that Historic Synagogue at 6th and I in D.C. for our first show there. What a beautiful place for a gig.

Ceilings...

Ceilings...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 68, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Sixth and Ist. Historic Synagogue
Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Children Of Zion with Teresa Williams
7. Wade In The Water ditto
8. Big River with Larry Campbell
9. Somebody To Love
10. A Little Faster
Second Set:
1. Good Shepherd
2. Trial By Fire
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Deep Ellum
7. White Rabbit
8. Sugaree
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Love this place!

Love this place!

The facade...

The facade...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then on a chilly snowy morn it was off to Collingswood, N.J.

Life in the tropics...

Life in the tropics...

Last night we were at the Scottish Rites Auditorium.

Preparing for the show

Preparing for the show

What a cool building this was as well.

More ceilings

More ceilings

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 69, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood, New Jersey
Thursday, December 11, 2014

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Children Of Zion
6. Good Shepherd
7. Wade In The Water
8. Somebody To Love
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Trial By Fire
2. Big River
3. Rock Me Baby
4. I See The Light
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Water Song
7. Deep Ellum
8. White Rabbit
9. Sugaree
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

The mystery of it all

The mystery of it all

Now we’re off to New York with a day off before the Big Beacon Show & Jack’s 70th Celebration!

Gotta get some breakfast…

Two More Florida Shows & Home

October 27th, 2014 Jorma 8 comments
Gusman Hall, Coral Gables

Gusman Hall, Coral Gables

Oops… not Gusman… mea culpa.

Before Barry and I took the stage, Jess Nolan sung her winning song, Burn, for the crowd backed up by a more than able band from the music school.

Jess & Jorma

Jess & Jorma

Here’s Jorma and Barry’s set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 8, 2014
Gusman Concert Hall
University Of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Friday, October 24, 2014

1. Search My Heart
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. In My Dreams
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
10. Second Chances
11. Barbeque King
12. Full Go Round
13. Living In The Moment
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Genesis

Jammin' backstage

Jammin' backstage

Super… then it was off to Orlando and the Plaza.

Me and the Rodent

Me and the Rodent

In Orlando… we headed over to the Plaza Live.

This is the way

This is the way

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Plaza show:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 9, 2014
Plaza Live
Orlando, Florida
Saturday, October 25, 2014

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. How Long Blues
3. Vicksburg Stomp
4. Heart Temporary
5. I’ll Be All Right Someday
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Barbeque King
12. Full Go Round
13. Good Shepherd
14. Nine Pound Hammer
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nice little run down south… then home to my rural reality.

Izze instinct shoots... bullseye!

Izze instinct shoots... bullseye!

Back at HIllside Farm, in the 70’s today. The pseudo-Asian lady beetles are back, but that’s a small price to pay for nice weather…

Now, for a nice early bed time…

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The Capitol Theater In Clearwater, Florida

October 24th, 2014 Jorma 17 comments
Capitol Marquee

Capitol Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So we drove into Clearwater today from Orlando… and were greeted by a simply beautiful little theater… lovely restoration and beautiful sound.

View from the stage

View from the stage

Yeah, this place looked like a winner… and it was!

Myron makes some Mitterhoff adjustments...

Myron makes some Mitterhoff adjustments...

Here is our st list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 7, 2014
The Capitol Theater
Clearwater, Florida
Thursday, October 23, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Living In The Moment
10. Candy Man
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. In My Dreams
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: True Religion

Good thing I didn't look up too often!

Good thing I didn't look up too often!

Yeah, a good time was had by all… now it’s off to Coral Gables and the Guzman Concert Hall, University Of Miami

Good Times

Good Times

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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Jenco Awards And FPR Weekend

October 22nd, 2014 Jorma 15 comments
Jenco Foundation

Jenco Foundation

Last Thursday, my Vanessa’s sister, Ginger, was one of the handful of recipients to receive a Jenco Award for their selfless service to Appalachia.

Ginger on TV at the Opera House

Ginger on TV at the Opera House

The awards were hosted by the Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville and it was an honor richly deserved by all the recipients. The hills and hollers of Appalachia that we who live here all love so much, require a lot of work, care and love. This can be a hard place to live for many people, and anything we can do to help, must be done!

Ginger... waits patiently

Ginger... waits patiently

After the ceremony, I took a little walk around the historic square in Nelsonville while I tried to remember where I parked my car.

Star Bricks, where it all started...

Star Bricks, where it all started...

Back in the 1800’s, the Star Brick was the raison d’etre for this lovely little town. Now they are somewhat collectable.

Small town America livs here...

Small town America lives here...

Friday we started another great weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch with Pete Huttlinger and myself. Pete was teaching mandolin this time and I… an interactive electric guitar workshop.

Pete examines Mike's rig

Pete examines Mike's rig

I don’t know about the guys in my class, but I had a great time!

Saturday night I got the ball rolling for Pete and here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2014
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, October 18, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. In My Dreams
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Living In The Moment
7. Full Go Round
8. Come Back Baby
9. A Little Faster with John Hurlbut
10. Kansas City Southern with John Hurlbut
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

My old pal John Hurlbut joined me for a couple of songs during my set, and on November 22, I will be joining Hurl And The Spins for a rockin’ electric show. Be there or be square!

R.L. and I git it done!

R.L. and I git it done!

Nice chord Jorma…

The class picture...the guys and I!

The class picture...the guys and I!

Now it’s 0354 and I’m in Columbus heading to the airport to fly don to Florida for a gaggle of gigs about which, more shall be revealed!

I Remember 9-11-2001

September 11th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
My friend, David Weiss

My friend, David Weiss

Another year has passed, and here it is September 11, once more. My friend Jerry and I usually ride a memorial run at this time each year. This year we drove. Jer’ wasn’t feeling up to snuff. David was the first name with a face for me on that fateful morning… I use his name, but I honor them all. In some respects it seems like yesterday that the world turned that corner… and yet it is thirteen years ago. It is up to us who remember that fateful morning in the first person to take special care to carry the tell to those who were too young to remember that day…

I remember in 2003 I was on a Rt. 66 motorcycle trip back and forth across the country with Jerry. We stopped in Oklahoma City to pay our respects at the Murrah Memorial. It is a very powerful memorial indeed. Anyway, we were talking to one of the law enforcement officers stationed on site. ‘Some people say we need to forget this and get past it,’ he said… paused, and then continued. ‘We need to remember this every day!’ I couldn’t agree more.

As for the victims of 9/11/2001… may they rest in peace. They, and their families are often in my prayers.

Normally, Jerry and I ride our motorcycles as I intimated. Jer’ had some physical issues today so we did it in my truck.

We both remember, and I hope you do too.

Onward!

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A Trip To Lynchburg With Lockn’ In The Offing

September 6th, 2014 Jorma 15 comments
Sunset before the drive

Sunset before the drive

A beautiful evening at home before the drive to Virginia… The hot Ohio weather has returned, and you know… that’s OK. The Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be another harsh winter so we’re enjoying this as long as we can.

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

The big Mav’ was hanging with us after dinner… as always. We love this dog, plus… when he barks the windows rattle.

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Beatrice’s old flag from Talmont in Tahoe… keeps us company every morning at the pergola.

After a beautiful ride from Ohio, through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia, we arrived in Lynchburg in time to dine at Ty Thai.

This place rocks!

This place rocks!

Tonight, Hot Tuna plays at midnight on the Triangle Stage after Tom Petty’s show on the main stage.

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

That’s about it for now… thinking about the coming Fall at home…

My front yard

My front yard

Yeah, it’s a trick shot I know, but I like it anyway. Filters… I love them!

Northeast Weekend

September 1st, 2014 Jorma 19 comments
Cool stuff at Mille's

Cool stuff at Mille's

I was able to snag my son Zach, for the last week of his vacation… we got a couple of motorcycle rides in and got to eat at Millie’s in Rutland, Ohio.

The ride home...

The ride home...

A nice ride home back to Hillside Farm… and ready to leave on Thursday for New York.

On our way to Amagansett and Stephen Talkhouse we stopped for the night in Riverhead and on Friday morning for breakfast we went to Anthony Meras’ Star Confectionery for breakfast.

Zach outside Star Confectionery

Zach outside Star Confectionery

If you’re ever in Riverhead… you gotta stop by… at least for a shake.

Very old school!

Very old school!

Next stop… Montauk Point.

The young man and the sea...

The young man and the sea...

A perfect day… not too hot… not too cool… no fog!

Then… the Talkouse.

Barry, Jorma & G.E.

Barry, Jorma & G.E.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from Friday night:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 5, 2014
Stephen Talkhouse
Amagansett, New York
Friday, August 29, 2014

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Children Of Zion
3. Full Go Round
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. In My Dreams
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Barbeque King, GE joins us
11. Hesitation Blues
12. Long Gone From Kentucky, GE sings
13. Good Shepherd
14. Let It Rock, GE sings
15. Come Back Baby
16. That’ll Never Happen No More
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

G.E. and Barry backstage at the T'House

G.E. and Barry backstage at the T'House

Great hanging with G.E., picking some tunes with him and enjoying Peter Hohnerkamp’s domain… filled with delightful eccentrics.

Phil and Zach in the Jaguar

Phil and Zach in the Jaguar

On the way to Hudson, Phil let Zach drive his Jag giving the young man a taste of exotic machinery and NY traffic. Good times.

The we pulled into Helsinki… in Hudson N.Y.

Helsinki Hudson

Helsinki Hudson

What a beautiful club. We can hardly wait to get back to this one. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 6, 2014
Helsinki Hudson
Hudson, New York
Saturday, August 30, 2014

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Heart Temporary
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. Come Back Baby
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. In My Dreams
13. 99 Year Blues
14. The Terrible Operation
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. Water Song
17. Vicksburg Stomp
18. Barbeque King
19. Good Shepherd
20. I Am The Light Of This World
21. Nine Pound Hammer
22. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Good job Jorma!

Good job Jorma!

Early Sunday morning, Phil and I went over to Tanzy’s at 223 Warren St. in Hudson. We were meeting some folks there to present a surprise Fur Peace Ranch Gift Certificate to this cool gentlemen whose extremely thoughtful wife gave him a session for his 50th birthday. What a woman.

Tanzy's rocks!

Tanzy's rocks!

The food was delicious… fellowship outstanding!

A weekend of old school... Tanzy's

A weekend of old school... Tanzy's

Then it was time for the drive home.

A young man and a truck... Pennsylvania truck stop

A young man and a truck... Pennsylvania truck stop

I dropped Zach of with his Mom in Hagerstown. Tomorrow is his first day as a Junior in High School. Boy does the time fly! Seems like only yesterday that… oh well.

We beat feet on down the road and before you know it, we were in West Virginia.

Sunset on Rt. 50

Sunset on Rt. 50

Foto by Myron Hart

Home by 2230… Nessa waited up for me… Izze was sound asleep.

Great weekend, but there’s no place like home!

From The Norksi Nook To The Bluegrass State

July 26th, 2014 Jorma 2 comments
Osseo, Wisconsin

Osseo, Wisconsin

So we beat feet out of the Twin Cities and headed south to Pomeroy, Ohio for a night at home. On the way, we stopped at the fabled Norske, Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin.

Yummy... meatballs

Yummy... meatballs

It’s not exactly health food, but it sure was good.

Thinking about this for a summer home

Thinking about this for a summer home

We left the North Country behind and headed to Pomeroy for a night at home and then off to Northern Kentucky for a great gig at Greaves Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

An almost sold out show… more than six hundred people. We love you guys!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 59, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Greaves Hall,
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Friday, July 25, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I See The Light
4. Children Of Zion
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Second Chances
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
11. Things That Might Have Been
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. River Of Time
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

What a great evening for… and this close to home too! We can hardly wait to come back. Thanks to WKNU for bringing us here!

Beautiful Hall

Beautiful Hall

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Now we’re headed back north the the Fur Peace Ranch and a weekend and the 2014 Arts & Minds Festival. Tonight, Jack and I will play… I’ll be out at the gazebo tomorrow, weather permitting and tomorrow night a concert with It’s A Beautiful Day.

That’s about it… gotta load the truck. we let the bus go.

Onward!

Two Nights In Minneapolis…

July 23rd, 2014 Jorma 6 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)!