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Our First Trip To Beverly, Massachusetts

July 12th, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
Welcome to the Cabot Theater

Welcome to the Cabot Theater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was certainly my first trip to scenic Beverly, Mass. and the Cabot Theater. The Cabot, mercifully saved from the wrecking ball is a great little music venue and the folks who live around here have a jewel in their midst.

Popcorn, anyone?

Popcorn, anyone?

Having been host to a magic show for a number of years, to wit, Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company… there are lots of arcane backdrops and murals with this theme.

Hocus pocus

Hocus pocus

Mystified... in the alley

Mystified... in the alley

Larry and Teresa took the stage first… and played a brilliant set, as always. They allowed Jack and myself to join them for their final song… Teresa’s barn burning version of Rev. Davis’ Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning.

Larry waits backstage

Larry waits backstage

Then it was our turn… here is the list:

Hot Tuna 15, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Cabot Theater
Beverly, Massachusetts
Saturday, July 11, 2015

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Sea Child
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Ain’t In No Hurry
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. Good Shepherd
13. Wining Boy Blues With Larry Campbell
14. The Other Side Of The Mountain with with Larry Campbell
15. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Larry and Teresa
16. Bar Room Crystal Ball With Larry & Teresa
17. Nine Pound Hammer with Larry
18. Sugaree With Larry And Teresa

What a night!

Today we’re all off to North Truro out Cape Cod way to the Payomet PAC. I played this joint a couple of years ago with Barry Mitterhoff and this will be my first time with Jack!

Onward to the Cape…

…And Your Little Dog Too…

July 11th, 2015 Jorma 13 comments
Marquee with son...

Marquee with son...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… Plymouth, New Hampshire and the good old Flying Monkey again! This was our first show on this run with our dear friends Teresa Williams, an Larry Campbell.

A great show awaits inside...

A great show awaits inside...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Monkey is a great place to play… and a great place to listen to music.

A shot of the room... Jack's beautiful Diana bass in the foreground

A shot of the room... Jack's beautiful Diana bass in the foreground

Yep… for all of us Wizard Of Oz fans, there’s every kind of monkey and witch a feller could want!

Bring'em on

Bring'em on

And your little dog too..........

And your little dog too..........

Larry and Teresa did a fabulous set, as they always do! Jack and I joined them for their final number… Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning. Teresa brought down the house as she always does. It’s such a treat to play this, one of my favorite songs, with her front and center!

Jack and I took the stage after set break and here is our list:

Hot Tuna 14, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Flying Monkey
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Friday, July 10, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Come Back Baby
9. Too Many Years
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. Candy Man
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
16. Nine Pound Hammer with Larry Campbell
17. Encore: Sugaree with Larry & Teresa

Tonight we’re all at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Be there… or be square…

Phil and Zach... captains of indusry...

Phil and Zach... captains of indusry...

And while you’re there, be sure to visit Phil and Zach at Tuna’s Mercantile Center!

Nuff said...

Nuff said...

On To Ogunquit

July 9th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments
Jorma, Izze, Nessa & Zach

Jorma, Izze, Nessa & Zach

Foto by Myron Hart

It may be a long way to Tipperary… I’ll allow that. OK, it’s a really long way from The Fur Peace Ranch to Ogunquit, Maine and Jonathan’s but here we are. Got in last night, had a great dinner and we’re ready for our first show at Jonathan’s. The folks here have always treated Hot Tuna well, and we’ll do right by them tonight.

More shall be revealed!

The Last Two Gigs In Hawaii…

June 29th, 2015 Jorma 8 comments
On the way to the Hilo Cafe

On the way to the Hilo Cafe

Our time on the Big Island will always be treasured. What a blast. Back to ‘work’ yesterday. I had a nice walk around the Naniloa area.

The Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens

…and then it was time to go to Honoka’a and the People’s Theater.

The view from the backstage driveway

The view from the backstage driveway

What a great artistic community they have in Honoka’a… and the People’s Theater has the greatest sound imaginable.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The little marquee

The little marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The simplicity and soulfulness of the establishment was indeed the shape of things to come.

The backstage entrance

The backstage entrance

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 11, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The People’s Theater
Honoka’a
Hawaii
Saturday the 26th Of June, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. River Of Time
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Full Go Round
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Barbeque King
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. New Song For The Morning
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Come Back Baby
5. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Candy Man
9. Good Shepherd
10. How long Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

Myron goes native

Myron goes native

There was a little apartment on the second floor where we were able to rest a little bit. When I looked at the bookshelf, it was a window in time to one of my old apartments in San Francisco in the 60’s. All the same books…

My library in the 60's

My library in the 60's

More of the same

More of the same

Then it was to bed… and up early to fly to Oahu and our show at Hawaiian Brian’s.

Pool hall and venue

Pool hall and venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 12, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Crossroads At Hawaiian Brian’s
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, June 28, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Candy Man
8. In My Dreams
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Two friends at the Crossroads

Two friends at the Crossroads

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks go Doug Allsopp for bringing us over. You’re a heck of a host Doug.

Now to bed!

Jorma & Jack Hold Forth At The Palace In Hilo

June 27th, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
The Palace by night...

The Palace by night...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

The Palace theater in Hilo is magnificent. The last time I was here was with Chris Smither a couple of years ago. This time with Jack promised to be a barn burner!

Street doors in the lobby

Street doors in the lobby

More lobby... ceiling fan... days of empire

More lobby... ceiling fan... days of empire

Triumvirate of mystery in the lobby...

Triumvirate of mystery in the lobby...

Still life in the alley

Still life in the alley

The alley is filled with still lifes

The alley is filled with still lifes

The penthouse suite

The penthouse suite

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 10, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Palace Theater
Hilo, Hawaii
Friday, June 16, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Izze’s Lullaby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. The Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Candy Man
9. I See The Light
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
11. Sea Child
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. Come Back Baby
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Second Chances
7. How Long Blues
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Living In The Moment
10. Good Shepherd
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Water Song

Saturday we are in Honoka’a at the People’s Theater.

Be there… or be…

Another Amazing Day Off!

June 26th, 2015 Jorma 11 comments

I’m going to start this little entry with the dinner Jack Casady and I just had in Hilo. We were looking for a place to eat… not that there are a shortage of great restaurants here on the Big Island. We found this:

A chance look up and there we were.

A chance look up and there we were.

Lam’s Garden, Vietnamese And Chinese Food was quite simply, incomparable!

I’m making note of this for the next time I’m here!

Open till 2200!

Open till 2200!

OK… now to back up a little. Myron, Phil and I drove to Volcano National Park where my Golden Age Passport got us all in for free. It does pay to be ancient!

Panorama at Kilauea

Panorama at Kilauea

You want geo-drama… here it is in spades!

The caldera at Kilaeua

The caldera at Kilaeua

I’m just going to run some pictures… which don’t really do the scene justice, but you get the idea!

What a sight!

What a sight!

The crater floor

The crater floor

It’s impossible to see in the previous thumbnail foto, but there are tiny people walking around down there!

More stunning beauty!

More stunning beauty!

Then we went to the lava tubes.

Above ground isn't cool enough? Try the lava tubes!

Above ground isn't cool enough? Try the lava tubes!

More sights in the tubes...

More sights in the tubes...

Then some above the ground beauty…

Where are the dinosaurs?

Where are the dinosaurs?

From technicolor to monochromatic!

OK... what next?

OK... what next?

Past the tubes... down the slope... past the lava see the ocean

Past the tubes... down the slope... past the lava see the ocean

A brief pause before heading to the village of Volcano

A brief pause before heading to the village of Volcano

In Volcano… we found a cool cafe.

The Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano

The Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano

We hit the Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano for lunch, and it was really delicious. We’ve had some great food on this trip.

A quick flashback to yesterday morning… a cool radio interview with, yes… live music by us!

Pick it fellas!

Pick it fellas!

Tomorrow good old Hot Tuna plays the Palace Theater in Hilo. I was here with Chris Smither a couple of years ago. Jack and I are sure to have a ball!

That’s about it for now.

Onward!

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Heading For The Valleys And The Hills… New Photos Added

June 24th, 2015 Jorma 15 comments
A small order of pancakes...

A small order of pancakes...

Phil and I started the day at the Hawaiian Style Cafe for breakfast. We forgot that on the Big Island… everything is big. That’s a short stack!

The ride to the Waip'o Valley

The ride to the Waip'o Valley

We took the top off our rented Jeep headed out for Waip’o.

You can't beat this drive!

You can't beat this drive!

In the parking lot before the descent

In the parking lot before the descent

This picture speaks for itself

This picture speaks for itself

Into four wheel low we go

Into four wheel low we go

Pretty idyllic... eh?

Pretty idyllic... eh?

A closer look at the waterfall...

A closer look at the waterfall...

And then we were off to Mauna Kea.

Almost to the tree line...

Almost to the tree line...

Now we're getting somewhere

Now we're getting somewhere

The red mountain

The red mountain

The Mauna Kea observatory... one of them.

The Mauna Kea observatory... one of them.

13,870 feet above sea level...

13,870 feet above sea level...

And yeah, the air was really thin and I felt it.

Myron and I take a break from gasping for air

Myron and I take a break from gasping for air

Dormant... hopefully

Dormant... hopefully

It was a great day by all accounts. We got back to Hilo in time to have dinner with Jack Casady and now it’s to bed. Early radio show tomorrow.

Nighty night…

Now for some more pictures:

Getting the half top off the Wrangler

Getting the half top off the Wrangler

Check this poop out!

Check this poop out!

Nice suburb

Nice suburb

Horses have right of way

Horses have right of way

Red mountain from Mauna Kea

Red mountain from Mauna Kea

The previous new additions were all from Phil Jacobs!

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Return To Maui

June 23rd, 2015 Jorma 2 comments
We arrive at the Tropical Plantation

We arrive at the Tropical Plantation

This was our first, but hopefully not our last, trip to the Mill House at the Tropical Plantation on Maui.

The setting was quite beautiful and couched in memories from Hawaii’s industrial past.

Industrial art from the past

Industrial art from the past

While Myron was preparing us for sound check, I had a chance to roam about the estate a bit.

Almost as lovely as Vanessa

Almost as lovely as Vanessa

There was a foto op around every corner!

Baby banyan

Baby banyan

This is not an inner city gig…

Could this be a Babbit bearing... like metal shop?

Could this be a Babbit bearing... like metal shop?

Is nice to see all these old mechanisms live on in a way for us to see.

Cogs and more cogs...

Cogs and more cogs...

The gig from the pond

The gig from the pond

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Where's Thomas The Tank Engine?

Where's Thomas The Tank Engine?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Cogs and more cogs...

Cogs and more cogs...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 9, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Mill House At Maui Tropical Plantation
Maui, Hawaii
Sunday, June 21, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re DownAnd Out
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. In My Dreams
8. Been So Long
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Full Go Round
11. Sea Child
12. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Second Chances
3. Barbeque King
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. I See The Light
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journeys

The boys hold forth at the Mill House!

The boys hold forth at the Mill House!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We just landed this morning on the Big Island… where even Hilo Hattie does the Hula Hop! More tomorrow!

A Surgical Strike In Kauai And Off To Maui

June 21st, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
Sometimes a day at the beach is just...

Sometimes a day at the beach is just...

Up yesterday morning at an ungodly hour in Honolulu and off we flew to Kauai… We got in to town in time for a yummy breakfast and a walk on the beach.

The boys are back in town

The boys are back in town

Foto by selfie

We moseyed over to the Kauai Performing Arts Center which is a simply beautiful great sounding hall.

Wide angle...

Wide angle...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 8, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Kauai Performing Arts Center
Kauai, Hawaii
Saturday, June 20, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. Serpent Of Dreams
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Other Side Of The Mountain
2. Living In The Moment
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. River Of Time
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Good Shepherd
9. How Long Blues
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Tonight we’re at the Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation.

… and now, off to the airport.

Grand Chicken Of Kauai

Grand Chicken Of Kauai

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Honolulu Nights

June 20th, 2015 Jorma 2 comments
Jack, Dave Lawrence and Jorma

Jack, Dave Lawrence and Jorma

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio hosting us in the studio and conversing with us at the first part of the gig.

Great to be back in the Islands… Phil and I had a chance to have a delightful Japanese tapas style dinner with my old friend Bob Kinzie and his lovely wife Joy.

Old friends... always good!

Old friends... always good!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This place is tops!

This place is tops!

Then is was time for our gig at the Mamiya…

Diamond Head in the distance

Diamond Head in the distance

The front of the gig… foto by Phil Jacobs

Simply lovely...

Simply lovely...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 7, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Mamiya Theater
Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, June 19, 2015

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See the Light
5. How Long Blues
6. Sea Child
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Come Back Baby
9. In My Dreams
10. Candy Man
11. Good Shepherd
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Then it was off to Kauai…

Somebody's got to do it...

Somebody's got to do it...

The boys take a selfie:

What a gig!

What a gig!

Tonight we play the Kauai Performing Arts Center.

More shall be revealed…