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Jitlada… Culinary Magnificence Thai Style!

February 12th, 2016 Jorma 12 comments
Jorma visits Ray at Jitlada

Jorma visits Ray at Jitlada

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

So I’m checking my blog the other day and there was a comment from one Ray Gallo. He’s into the music and of course I dug that… but there was more. I’ve been hanging out in Japan Town for the last week and he mentioned that he and is wife have a little Thai restaurant, Jitlada, up on Buchanan Street. Now it is true that a man’s gotta eat… but there’s more than that. A man’s gotta eat good food… and this was some of the best I’ve ever had!!!!! I kid you not. Click on the Jitlada link above and check out the menu. I’ve had a lot of Thai food… and I love it, obviously… but this topped it all. These are not hyperbolic superlatives, it really is the best. It’s right above the walking street part of Buchanan on the East side of the street.

I can’t say enough about this… you gotta go… and tell them Jorma sent you!

Going home tomorrow… glad my last dinner in San Francisco was at Jitlada!

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Just A Couple Of Pictures And Thoughts…

February 10th, 2016 Jorma 13 comments
The view from the Yogananda's terrace

The view from the Yogananda's terrace

Hurl and Vanessa always like to take me to the Self Realization Fellowship site in Encinitas. It’s always lovely and always peaceful.

The carp are living large... and beautiful

The carp are living large... and beautiful

A perfect day in Encinitas…

What a garden!

What a garden!

Then a walk down to Yoga Beach…

Tought to beat this view!

Tough to beat this view!

Backing up for a moment to the Music Box Gig…

Me on stage at the Music Box in San Diego

Me on stage at the Music Box in San Diego

Foto by Myron Hart

En route to SF

Tour vehicle...

Tour vehicle...

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

People always say to me, ‘Wow, it must have been great back in the day with tour buses and all.’ ‘Guess again,’ would be my reply. Country stars had tour buses, not rock musicians. We toured in Ford LTD wagons… rented. Now I know this is an Olds not a Ford, but you get the picture. Jefferson Airplane’s equipment truck was a Grumman bodied Metro bread delivery truck.

Good times…

The Mifune in Japan Town

The Mifune in Japan Town

When I get to S.F. my first eating stop is at the Mifune Noodle joint where I have been eating for forty years.

Love this place…

The weather is preternaturally beautiful here in San Francisco right now… I think I’ll go for a walk.

WTSP Morning interview in Tampa…

January 15th, 2016 Jorma 3 comments
Facebook indeed...

Facebook indeed...

So Myron and I moseyed over to WTSP here in Tampa… bright and early. In the Green Room we meet Chad Fortune, currently driving Monster Trucks in the Monster Jam series… great athlete and a helluva good guy.

Chad Fortune and me...

Chad Fortune and me...

Foto by Myron Hart

I was to be on Studio 10 with a bunch of other great people. Here’s a link to the Jorma portion. The hostess and interviewer, Stephanie, was great and we all had a fine time… plus they had donuts!

http://www.wtsp.com/features/studio10/

Setting up...

Setting up...

Foto by Myron Hart

A great little interview, and then I played Ain’t In No Hurry…

Thanks Stephanie!

Thanks Stephanie!

Foto by Myron Hart

A fine Thai dinner with my old pal Roy Book Binder and then back to the hotel. Tomorrow at 1330 I’ll be doing a solo set at the Sunshine Music Festival in Vinoy Park.

It poured today, but at least it didn’t snow. Hoping for some sun tomorrow…

Onward!

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Last Two Gigs Of 2015

December 21st, 2015 Jorma 20 comments
First snow back home

First snow back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Morning view from the porch back home

Morning view from the porch back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep folks, in spite of El Nino back in Southeast Ohio, a little snow fell. Now I realize there won’t be a white Christmas back home this year… still and all there was a little seasonal white. Meanwhile… out on the road…

Here it is the end of 2015 already and I just finished my last two gigs of the year.

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Love this place… The Old Town School was iconic for me when I was at Antioch in 1959… and it’s an honor to play there today!

Jorma Kaukonen 48, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, December 19, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Barbeque King
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Full Go Round
3. Living In The Moment
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Serpent of Dreams
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then yesterday morning, into the truck and off to Ann Arbor and the Ark.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacob

I had great sound tonight… for a great bunch of people.

Jorma Kaukonen 49, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Ark
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunday, December 20, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Living In The Moment
7. Sea Child
8. Come Back Baby
9. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. How Long Blues
12. Candy Man
13. Keep Our Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Barbeque King
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Genesis

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Zach and Myron watch the Steelers put the finishing touches on the Broncos…

A fine little run… time to close up the suitcases and head for home!

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A Tetra Pak In California

November 9th, 2015 Jorma 8 comments
It all started at the Rendezvous in Chico

It all started at the Rendezvous in Chico

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I blew into California for some solo shows and one with Jack for the Owsley Stanley Foundation benefit at the Great American Music Hall. My first show was the Rendezvous and it was a swell way to start this little run. When Myron was setting me up for this gig, the jack in my ‘acoustic’ guitar took a poop… but there was a great little music store in town on Oroville Ave….Herreid Music. They drove a new pickup over to the gig and Myron put it in… game on! Thanks guys!!!!

Jorma Kaukonen 45, 2015
Solo
The Rendezvous
Chico, California
Friday, November 5, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Full Go Round
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Let Us get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. In My Dreams
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I see The Light
8. River Of Time
9. Good Shepherd
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. Water Song
12. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Then it was off to San Raphael to Phil’s joint, the Terrapin Crossroads.

Nice Phil, verey nice!

Nice Phil, verey nice!

Jorma Kaukonen 46, 2015
Solo
Terrapin Crossroads
San Raphael, California
Friday, November 6, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Candy Man
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Living In The Moment
8. Sea Child
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Death Don’t Have No Mrcy
13. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. I See The Light
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Good Shepherd
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Genesis
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Then I met up with Jack in San Francisco for the Owsley Stanley Foundation Fundraiser.

Good old Great American Music Hall

Good old Great American Music Hall

Still lovely after all these years...

Still lovely after all these years...

The boys at work and play

The boys at work and play

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Sheila introduces us...

Sheila introduces us...

Pickin' and Grinnin'

Pickin' and Grinnin'

Foto by Bob Minkin

Steve, Jack and Jorm'

Steve, Jack and Jorm'

Foto by Bob Minkin

Hot Tuna 40, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Owsley Stanley Digital Benefit
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, California
Saturday, November 7, 2015

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. Barbeque King
5. Sea Child
6. Good Shepherd
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. In My Dreams
9. I See The Light
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Hesitation Blues… with Steve Kimock
12. Come Back Baby… with Steve Kimock
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here… with Steve Kimock
14. Death Don’t Have No Mercy… with Steve Kimoch
15. I Know You Rider… with Steve Kimock
16. Encore: How Long Blues… with Steve Kimock

Misty morning at the Kabuki

Misty morning at the Kabuki

Then it was down to Santa Cruz for two Jorma shows at the Kuumbwah Jazz.

Yo Kuumbwah

Yo Kuumbwah

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 47, 2015
Solo
Kuumbwa Jazz
Santa Cruz, California
Sunday, November 8, 2015

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Barbeque King
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
8. River Of Time
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. I See The Light
11. Thing That Might Have Been
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. How Long Blues
14. Full Go Round
15. Candy Man
16. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
17. Encore: Re-Enlistment Blues
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Heart Temporary
5. Come Back Baby
6. Sea Child
7. Good Shepherd
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Tuna poster from Pepperland in San Raphael...

Tuna poster from Pepperland in San Raphael...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I Hear That Train A Comin’

October 6th, 2015 Jorma 5 comments

It’s comin’ round the bend… and I ain’t see the sunshine… since…

Well, you get the picture. Here we found ourselves in Folsom, California night before last.

The Harris Center for the Arts...

The Harris Center for the Arts...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

What a beautiful venue this was.

Beautiful hall...

Beautiful hall...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 32, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Harris Center For The Arts
Folsom, California
Sunday, October 4, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Blue Railroad Train
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Dime For Beer
3. Full Go Round
4. Sea Child
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
9. Good Shepherd
10. River Of Time
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: I Am The Light Of This World

After the show we got to hang with some pals and my buddy Robert Lee showed us his Hot Rod Ford!

Light'em up Robert!

Light'em up Robert!

Foto by Myron Hart

Then yesterday we saddled up for the drive up to Bend, Oregon.

Got some gas in Weed

Got some gas in Weed

A parched Mt. Shasta

A parched Mt. Shasta

Then a stop in Klamath Falls for lunch.

Chile verde.... ole!

Chile verde.... ole!

Finally we banged it into Bend, Oregon.

Fall is definitely here...

Fall is definitely here...

Up this morning and off the Black Bear Cafe for breakfast.

They'll let anyone in this place. Unbearable.

They'll let anyone in this place. Unbearable.

On a bicycle built for two...

On a bicycle built for two...

Tonight Hot Tuna is at the Tower Theater where we plan on having a heck of a good time tonight!

Onward!

Pickin’ & Puttin’

September 22nd, 2015 Jorma 10 comments
Jorma and his mighty steed

Jorma and his mighty steed

Yep… it was September and Pick And Putt time again… we’re talking about motorcycles here, not golf.

a group of friends at the old Coolspot in Coolville

a group of friends at the old Coolspot in Coolville

We get together with some pals the day before Pick And Putt at the Ranch and had a beautiful ride in Southeast Ohio.

Nothing like a ride in the country on a beautiful day

Nothing like a ride in the country on a beautiful day

We were taking some back roads up through the Wayne National Forest towards Hannibal on the river.

Up a lazy river...

Up a lazy river...

It was tough to take time out from the ride to take pictures… but here’s a couple:

Soul inviting by a covered bridge

Soul inviting by a covered bridge

Foto by Ng Lun Yun

They don't make them like this anymore

They don't make them like this anymore

David and I take our rest for a moment before saddling up again

David and I take our rest for a moment before saddling up again

Foto by Ng Lun Yun

The last ferry on the Ohio River

The last ferry on the Ohio River

We found this antiquity just south of Hannibal on Rt. 7 on the way to Marieta.

Three very old friends

Three very old friends

Here you see me, Ng Lun Yun and Bill Hight. The three of us were in the Philippines together in 1956 and 1957. To be able to hang with such old pals was a blessing indeed… Lives have come and gone, but we know who we were, and who we are.

Ben ramrods the AMA waiver signing for Ranchers

Ben ramrods the AMA waiver signing for Ranchers

The it was Friday and time for the Pick And Putt weekend at the Ranch. Ben spearheaded the AMA formalities and then it was Saturday and time for the Big Ride!

Yeah, I know. Mitch is going to put long pants on for the ride.

Yeah, I know. Mitch is going to put long pants on for the ride.

A great ride was had by all

A great ride was had by all

A quick group foto after the ride… before lunch and classes… Good times!

Saturday night, the wondrous Geoff Achison brought his Souldiggers to the Fur Peace Ranch and rocked us to our core!

Before you knew it, Monday came and another grand weekend drew to a close.

What a lovely group...

What a lovely group...

Yep… another great one slid into the record books.

Onward!

The Pour House In Charleston, S.C.

August 14th, 2015 Jorma 12 comments
Me and George

Me and George

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night we pulled into sultry Charleston for an evening at the Pour House. I was here with Barry four years ago and it was nice to be back.

Our names in chalk

Our names in chalk

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was unseasonably cool in Charleston last night, which means, we didn’t break into triple digits.

The main portal

The main portal

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was to be a late night… I didn’t start until nine thirty. Two fun sets though, and here they are1

Jorma Kaukonen 38, 2015
Solo
The Pour House
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Other Side Of The Mountain
6. Candy Man
7. Barbeque King
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I See The Light
11. Living In The Moment
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. How Long Blues
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Didn’t get back to the hotel until after one and then this morning we beat feet to Raleigh, North Carolina where tomorrow I will play the Lincoln Theater. Then it’s off to Annapolis, Maryland and the Ram’s Head.

Nice little tour… and I’ll be home on Monday.

Truly good times!

What the...

What the...

The view from the couch in the dressing room…

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Jorma Plays Ponte Vedra

August 7th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments
The scene of the crime...

The scene of the crime...

Foto by Phil Jacobs…

Izze and me and the boys highballed it down to Florida and last night I played the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall here in Ponte Vedra. A beautiful venue with wonderful sound… this is the set I played while Izze got a mani-pedi.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2015
Solo
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Thursday, August 6, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Other Side Of The Mountain
7. Barbeque King
8. New Song For The Morning
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Come Back Baby
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. In My Dreams
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Now we’re back on the bus heading for the West Coast of this long state to play the Capitol Theater in Clearwater.

Gulf Of Mexico, here we come!

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Rockin’ The Capitol In Portchester…..!!!!!!

July 19th, 2015 Jorma 30 comments
The MIghty Capitol!

The MIghty Capitol!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night Hot Tuna and the good old New Riders shared the stage at the historic Capitol Theater in Portchester, New York. We all go back so many years with this wonderful venue… it’s an honor to be back again!

Michael Falzarano and Phil Jacobs

Michael Falzarano and Phil Jacobs

Here’s our tour manager with my old pal Michael, Falzarano. Nothing like hanging with old friends I have to say.

Jack adjusts his in-ears...

Jack adjusts his in-ears...

What a great crew at this venue…

The calm before the storm...

The calm before the storm...


Here we go...

Here we go...

It’s always a pleasure to watch professionals work!

Jack's rig...

Jack's rig...

The Versatone, the Epiphone JC Bass, and the all tub Aguilar…

My rig... by Louis Electric

My rig... by Louis Electric

I observe Louis' vintage tub tester

I observe Louis' vintage tub tester

Our pal Louis Rosano from Louis Electric came by and repaired my 1969 Marshall Steelface 50w on the spot! Thanks Louis!

Bring it on!

Bring it on!

Whoa dude...

Whoa dude...

Then it was time for the rubber to meet the road!

Then it was time for the rubber to meet the road!

Foto by Barry Berenson

Hot Tuna 20, 2015
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
Saturday, July 18, 2015

1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. A Little Faster
6. Trial By Fire
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Ode To Billy Dean
10. Good Shepherd
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Come Back Baby
15. Funky #7
16. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Water Song

Water Song

Foto by Barry Berenson

Back in the dressing room…

It wasn't like this in the old days...

It wasn't like this in the old days...

Check the picture on the wall. Who do you see?

Why I remember...

Why I remember...

And then it was off to Long Island and the Great South Bay Music Festival

For Portchester… a night to remember for the Tuna Gang!

Nuff said!

Nuff said!

Foto by Phil Jacobs