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May 6th, 2014 Jorma 28 comments
The boys getting ready to go to Narita

The boys getting ready to go to Narita

Here we have Myron, Doug, Jack & Jorma

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Hey, thank goodness I get a set list from Thumbs Up:

orma here’s the corrected set list courtesy Uesaka Toshiro. Safe flight home.

Set 1:
Too Many Years
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
Uncle Sam Blues
Serpent Of Dreams
Children Of Zion
What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
Hesitation Blues
I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
Trial By Fire
Good Bye To The Blues
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Been So Long
True Religion
San Francisco Bay Blues
Barbecue King
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
River Of Time
I Am The light Of This World
How Long Blues
Good Shepherd
Keep On Truckin’
Nine Pound Hammer
Encore: Embryonic Journey

There you have it.

We had such a wonderful time in Japan on this trip. Of course it is great to come home as well. Home schooling our daughter today. Vocal coaching later and then piano.

Hit the ground running.

In the next day or so I’ll do a more complete wrap up. Gotta join Izze on the Ohio Virtual Academy site.

More anon…

Sayonara to our Japanese friends!

Sayonara to our Japanese friends!

Foto by Doug Allsopp

We love you all…

Onward!

It Was Thumbs Up At Thumbs Up

May 4th, 2014 Jorma 18 comments
Where's Myron?

Where's Myron?

Poor Myron wasn’t feeling well as we got ready to leave Shibuya for Yokohama. Being sick is always a drag. Being sick abroad is compound misery.

Jack noshes in the lobby

Jack noshes in the lobby

We finally got in a cab and got over to Yokohama… Nice hotel… but petite.

The Tipoff

The Tipoff

The reality

The reality

Here’s the set list… sort of… I made lots an lots of changes and didn’t keep track. Myron usually does this for me but he was sick at the hotel… Consider this list a launching pad.

Hot Tuna 43, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Thumbs Up
Yokohama, Japan
Sunday, May 4, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. Hesitation blues
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. Trial By Fire
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Longa
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. River Of Time
8. Good Shepherd
9. Nine Pound Hammer

That’s about it… gotta get some eats and think about getting to the airport.

Many thanks to Doug Allsopp who brought us over and all the the great gigs and friends we met along the way.

Sayonara

Tokyo Women’s Plaza

May 3rd, 2014 Jorma 9 comments

Just a very short entry about yesterday’s most interesting gig.

What the????????

What the????????

So we’re lost in the building trying to find the lecture hall. I turned the corner and saw this. This is a human sized statue by the way. Just sayin’………..

We finally found out where we were supposed to be and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 42, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Lecture/Concert Gig
Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall
Shibuya, Japan
Saturday, May 3, 2014

1. How Long Blues
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Heart Temporary
7. Candy Man
8. Good Shepherd
9. Embryonic Journey
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Encore: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Back in the hotel neighborhood in time for dinner. If you can’t end a day in Japan with noodles… well.

Jack leaving Samurai

Jack leaving Samurai

OK. Embarrassingly short entry but I’ve got to pack.

Onward to Yokohama.

Great Day In Shibuya

May 2nd, 2014 Jorma 13 comments

Well, we had a rare day off here in Shibuya. It was not a travel day. What a concept!

Rest area on the way from Nagoya

Rest area on the way from Nagoya

Yesterday was a travel day… but we got to Shibuya in time for some ramen at Samurai.

Lets's eat!

Lets's eat!

Ditto!

Ditto!

And here it is!

And here it is!

And here it was...

And here it was...

Samurai was the real deal. Delicious and cheap. After dining Jack and Myron and I went for a walk.

Shibuya by night

Shibuya by night

A great town to walk in, day or night.

An American in Shibuya

An American in Shibuya

A good dinner, a good walk and a good night’s sleep. Today, Jack and I had lunch at a rib joint of all things… and again, delicious.

Ribs, Japanese style

Ribs, Japanese style

This evening, the folks from Thumbs Up hosted us at a fabulous seafood restaurant called Kaikaya.

Spearheading the assault

Spearheading the assault

The lovely Arisa Safu

The lovely Arisa Safu

We met Arisa when we played McCabe’s some months back. Her Dad owns Thumbs Up and she and her Mom took us all out to dinner. Now Arisa is a formidable musical talent in her own right. You need to check out her work! She is a dandy for sure!

words to live by

words to live by

Delicious

Delicious

And this...

And this...

The quality of the food was matched and surpassed by our hostesses.

What a dinner

What a dinner

Special chicken...

Special chicken...

There’s a story behind the rubber chicken, but I’ll save that for another time.

Good times

Good times

Now we're done

Now we're done

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Drop in anytime

Drop in anytime

Well, that was our day today. Hard work, but somebody’s got to do it. Tomorrow is our lecture/show at Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall.

I’m exhausted… time for bed!

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Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya

April 30th, 2014 Jorma 31 comments
You can't make this up...

You can't make this up...

Well, it’s been a hectic three days. Haven’t had a chance to do any updating until this morning. What a great series of concerts we just had. This little entry started in Osaka.

The boys and girl at FM802

The boys and girl at FM802

We were on the radio with Kamasami Kong and his fearless sidekick. We got to chew the fat and play some tunes.

Live in the studio

Live in the studio

We sure enjoyed talking with the folks at the Cocolo scene… and then it was off to Janus for the show here in Osaka.

Onstage at Janus

Onstage at Janus

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 39, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Janus
Osaka, Japan
Monday, April 28, 2014

First Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Children Of Zion
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Trial By Fire
5. Full Go Round
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. How Long Blues
9. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
10. Things That Might h\Have Been
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Second Chances
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Sea Child
5. Good Shepherd
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. River Of Time
8. Barbeque King
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Candy Man

Pickin' in Osaka

Pickin' in Osaka

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Great solo, Jack!

Great solo, Jack!

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Signing a few items for our Japanese friends

Signing a few items for our Japanese friends

Great time in Osaka, and then it was off to Kyoto.

Hello Kyoto

Hello Kyoto

I love this town too!

I love this town too!

Soba... my personal favorite!

Soba... my personal favorite!

I’m a big noodle freak, as you may have guessed… and I love them all, but I think Soba is my favorite. I always go to the Mifune when I’m San Francisco. I’ve been eating Tanin soba there for almost 30 years.

Doug and Myron

Doug and Myron

A man’s gotta eat!

That's my boy!

That's my boy!

After our noodle delight, we walked around a little bit before heading over to Tako Tako.

Shopping, shopping!

Shopping, shopping!

Now Taku Taku is a legendary Japanese venue. It is venerable and respected. It celebrates its 40th year in operation and it was an honor to play there.

Jack and I with the Big Dog of Taku Taku

Jack and I with the Big Dog of Tako Tako

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 40, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Taku Taku
Kyoto, Japan
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First set:
1. True Religion
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. Izze’s Lullaby
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. Living In The Moment
7. Trial By Fire
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Come Back Baby
10. S.F. Bay Blues
11. How Long Blues
Second set:
1. Candy Man
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Good Shepherd
5. That’ll never Happen No More
6. Water Song
7. Dime For Beer
8. Keep On Trucking Mama
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. Uncle Sam Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

As I look around this great hundred year old building that used to b a saki warehouse, I see the names of so many greats who played not only here, but also at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Gate... may he rest in peace!

Gate... may he rest in peace!

Yeah… Gatemouth graced our stage at the Ranch. What a guy!

Go Bo

Go Bo

Bo Diddly never played the FPR, but Jack and I saw him at the National Guard Armory in Silver Springs, Maryland in 1958.

Happy 40th Anniversary Taku Taku!

Happy 40th Anniversary Taku Taku!

Our name in lights... sort of...

Our name in lights... sort of...

Then it was off to Nagoya and Tokuzo.

Always Springtime at the bar...

Always Springtime at the bar...

Here is our set List:

Hot Tuna 39, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Janus
Osaka, Japan
Monday, April 28, 2014

First Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Children Of Zion
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Trial By Fire
5. Full Go Round
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. How Long Blues
9. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
10. Things That Might h\Have Been
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Second Chances
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Sea Child
5. Good Shepherd
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. River Of Time
8. Barbeque King
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Candy Man

Another thoroughly enjoyable night for the Tuna Guys!

Jack holds court...

Jack holds court...

Now we’re off to Tokyo again and our discussion and concert at Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall in Shibuya and then a final show at Thumbs Up in Yokohama.

Onward. What’s for dinner?

Shizuoka To Osaka

April 27th, 2014 Jorma 32 comments

Oddly enough, in some ways Shizuoka reminded me of Santa Cruz, California. Not visually, but the head space. Lovely place to visit and play!

Freaky Show rocks!

Freaky Show rocks!

Jack with the great folks whose child Freaky Show is

Jack with the great folks whose child Freaky Show is

His name in 'lights'

His name in 'lights'

We walked up the street to get something to eat at the Pimpers Paradise. Some of the best pizza I’ve had, and I’ve had plenty!

Mmmmm.... Pizza

Mmmmm.... Pizza

The boys take the stage

The boys take the stage

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 38, 2014
The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Club Freakyshow
Shizuoka, Japan
Saturday, April 26, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Know You When You’re Down & Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Been So Long
6. Keep On Trucking Mama
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. Hesitation Blues
10. How Long Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Prohibition Blues
3. I’ll Be All Right Someday
4. Watch The Northwind Rise
5. Good Shepherd
6. River Of Time
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Candy Man
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Telling the story

Telling the story

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Casady on fire!

Casady on fire!

Foto by Doug Allsopp

This was a great gig in a small, but very intense house. We’ll come back anytime.

Walking back to the hotel after the gig

Walking back to the hotel after the gig

My palatial estate

My palatial estate

In the morning… it’s up and getting ready for the trip to Osaka.

All this and parking too?

All this and parking too?

Well, we packed the van and headed out for Osaka. On the way we stopped at a rest area that had a farmer’s market and all kinds of good stuff.

Good times... good food!

Good times... good food!

Jack pauses for a Starbucks

Jack pauses for a Starbucks

Finally we arrived in Osaka… in time for a walk and dinner.

Golden Dragon Ramen Joint... yeah buddy

Golden Dragon Ramen Joint... yeah buddy

You don't have sights like this in Pomeroy, Ohio

You don't have sights like this in Pomeroy, Ohio

Osaka by night

Osaka by night

Today we have a radio show at noon and tonight we play Janus around the corner from the hotel.

So far so good… more anon…

Quattro And Onwards

April 25th, 2014 Jorma 4 comments
The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Last night we played the Club Quattro in Shibuya. I also got a chance to do an interview with the folks from Acoustic Guitar Magazine. A really good chat with really good folks!

Acousrtic Guitar rules

Acoustic Guitar rules

Acoustic Guitar rules

Acoustic Guitar rules

Before we started out for Shibuya, we had to eat… at the Ramen Place again!

Come on in...

Come on in...

Myron buys hot sauce

Myron buys hot sauce

Jack is full to repletion

Jack is full to repletion



Quattro is a great club!

…and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 37, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Club Quattro
Shibuya, Japan
Friday, April 25, 2014

First Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Dime For Beer
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. How Long Blues
9. Candy Man
10. Hear Temporary
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Full Go Round
5. Good Shepherd
6. Barbeque King
7. Second Chances
8. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

After show... heading for home... in Yokohama

After show... heading for home... in Yokohama

Now we’re off to Shizuoka and Freakyshow!

Onward…

Thumbs Up In Yokohama

April 24th, 2014 Jorma 8 comments

At 0800 yesterday morning we hit the train from Yokohama to Tokyo for an interview with .Peter Barakan and his pals

The Gang at the studio

The Gang at the studio

Foto by Doug Allsopp

The boys in the studio

The boys in the studio

Foto by Myron Hart

This program was a place for music aficionados and it was a pleasure to play for them and their collective audience.

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

Foto by Myron Hart

After the show, it was back to Yokohama but this time, the station was almost empty.

Somewhere in Tokyo

Somewhere in Tokyo

There’s no way I can help my American readers to actually visualize how much rush there is to rush hour here. New York is starting to look relaxing to me.

Waiting for a train.

Waiting for a train.

Around 1630 we walked on over to Thumbs Up to set up for our first show here in Japan.

Myron got it done!

Myron got it done!

It was a grand first show from our standpoint. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 36, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Thumbs Up
Yokohama, Japan
Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Barbeque King
8. Hesitation Blues
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Izze’s Lullaby
3. Come Back Baby
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
5. In My Dreams
6. How Long Blues
7. Candy Man
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Genesis
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After the show, we hung for a bit with the owner and his family.

Good times!

Good times!

Foto by Doug Allsopp

More about these wonderful folks later…

Now for coffee and tonight we play Club Quattro in Shibuya.

As always… more shall be revealed!

A Day Off In Yokohama

April 23rd, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
Outside the hotel

Outside the hotel

There’s a little coffee shop in the lobby of the hotel, so after a cappuccino and a croissant it was out into the streets to see what was going on.

Out for a fine walk

Out for a fine walk

The streets in this town range from wide boulevards to ones that you can barely fit bicycles on. I chose to walk the narrow streets for the most part.

What is this thing anyway?

What is this thing anyway?

Everybody walks or bikes so the pedestrian is right at home here… unlike most cities and roads in the U.S.

Yet one more game store

Yet one more game store

Gaming is even bigger here than it is at home… there are multi-level game stores everywhere!

The kids

The kids

This reminded me of a book my Mom used to read to me as a kid, ‘Make Way For Ducklings.’ You gotta love this! The book was written in 1941 by Robert McCloskey. My time for sure.

The scen of the crime in 1997

The scene of the crime in 1997

Myron and I dropped by Stove’s, where Tuna recorded Live In Japan. Cool beans. Took a couple of snapshots and walked on.

Now that's miso!

Now that's miso!

Dinner time rolled around and we picked one of the many sushi joints surrounding us.

Unagi an tamago

Unagi and tamago

Yeah, this was delicious and good food is the best bang for your buck in Japan.

Night street

Night street

Back to the hotel and now to try to get to sleep.

One more thing. Wally Pfister got in touch with me. A great cinematographer, Wally is directing his first movie, Transcendence. Now I’m japan so I won’t get to see it until I get home but the movie looks great and I was flattered to have one of my songs included in it. Check this out:

http://wareham.wickedlocal.com/article/20140419/NEWS/140415595

Look forward to seeing this flick as soon as I get home. Thanks Wally!

I also look forward to Hot Tuna’s gig at Thumbs Up tomorrow night.

Onward

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A Yokohama Landing

April 22nd, 2014 Jorma 14 comments

In 1945 and ‘46 my Father, Jorma Sr., found himself a young Naval officer attached to an Army military intelligence unit with General MacArthur’s staff. As a first generation American born in this country, Dad was already something of a linguist. His first language was Finnish, then English taught at the Carnegie Library in Ironwood, Michigan. As a thirteen year old, the Kaukonen family moved to East L.A., Lincoln Heights to be exact… so his next language was Spanish. His younger brothers were combat vets, Tarmo in North Africa and Italy and Pentti in the Pacific, winding up in the Philippines. Dad was a little older and he had to jump through hoops in order to enlist. they sent him to the Navy Language School in Ann Arbor an he learned Japanese. (Before Dad went home for the last time, he would master Urdu, Tagalog and Swedish.)

After the fire bombing of Tokyo, there was little left standing save plumbing and iron safes. Dad and his buds would sift through the ashes of the city and crack safes to see if there were any relevant documents inside and at night they were billeted with Douglas MacArthur’s guys at the Grand Hotel in Yokohama. (Interestingly enough, still standing.) When I was here with Hot Tuna in 1997, that’s where we stayed.

Evening in Yokohama

Evening in Yokohama

After an eleven an a half hour flight from Denver, we arrived in Narita welcomed by a gentle Spring rain. A couple hours later after checking into the hotel in Yokohama, we took a walk to find an eatery.

A ramen shop... yeah buddy!

A ramen shop... yeah buddy!

A simply delicious bowl of Ramen an some Gyoza! A man’s gotta eat.

Jack, Douglas our promoter, myself and Myron Hart... yummy!

Jack, Douglas our promoter, myelf an Myron Hart... yummy

Floto by unknown waitress.

It’s 0100 here in Japan… thirteen hours and a day off from Ohio time. I’m awake… obviously. Hmm. how did that happen? I figured I’d answer some emails, update my blog and see if I can get back to sleep. Today is a bona fide day off so I’m going to walk around the port. Tomorrow we play Thumbs Up here in Yokohama. In 1997 Hot Tuna did a live recording here (Hot Tuna, Live In Japan) at a little club called Stoves which is owned by the guy who also owns Thumbs Up.

We’re looking forward to a great couple of weeks here, and we’re going to keep all of you in the loop.

Sayonara