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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…

Heading To The Islands

June 16th, 2015 Jorma 8 comments
The Cafe Indochine on Hamilton Rd. in Columbus

The Cafe Indochine on Hamilton Rd. in Columbus

So Myron and I are leaving for Tuna’s little tour of the Hawaiian Islands. The flight is ungodly early tomorrow so I came up tonight and at Vanessa’s recommendation went to this delightful restaurant. Now I can’t claim to be an expert on Southeast Asian cuisine… but I do love it. I ordered egg rolls and rare beef and meatball pho.

Yummy and more yummy!

Yummy and more yummy!

Regal quality at people’s prices… good stuff!

All the spices a feller could want!

All the spices a feller could want!

Back at the hotel, I thought I’d take a few moments to document this culinary delight. Got to be at the airport at five-ish so even at 2035 it’s almost time for bed. Hot Tuna’s first show is in Honolulu at the Mamiya Theater on the 19th. Needless to say… more will be revealed and I will be passing it on!

Bonne nuit!

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Second Day In Akron

June 13th, 2015 Jorma 2 comments

Just a short note and update… When I get home tomorrow I will write some more and post some pictures. Anyhoo… life is a serenity check at all times… Caught two great meetings earlier in the with high hopes for the Big Meeting in the Infocision Stadium at Akron University. Weather intervened and lightning cleared the stands. I waited for forty minutes or so and headed back to the hotel. I heard they finally let people back in the stands, but by that time I was back in the hotel. Oh me of little faith.

Tomorrow morning at 0600 we’ll be staging the motorcycles for the run to Dr. Bob’s Grave…

More on theat tomorrow. In the mean time, bonne nuit.

Onward

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The Raccoon Lodge Hosts Us At Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

June 9th, 2015 Jorma 16 comments
Getting ready to ride out...

Getting ready to ride out...

Kind friends all gathered ’round, there’s something I would say:
That what brings us together here has blessed us all today.
Love has made a circle that holds us all inside;
Where strangers are as family, loneliness can’t hide.
You must give yourself to love if love is what you’re after;
Open up your heart to the tears and laughter,
And give yourself to love, give yourself to love.

Kate Wolf… Give Yourself To Love

Jerry, Izze, Dad and John get ready to leave the Ranch for Brooklyn

Jerry, Izze, Dad and John get ready to leave the Ranch for Brooklyn

Foto by Brett Thompson

Life is a funny old dog… and sometimes a busy one. Friday of last week, Vanessa, Izze, John Hurlbut, Jerry Sullivan, Myron Hart and I hopped into our rented van and set of for New York.

The girls en route...

The girls en route...

We had planned a surgical strike into the heart of Brooklyn where Barry Mitterhoff, Michael Falzarano and I were going to play a Marjorie Thompson fundraiser hosted by the Raccoon Lodge at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. We were joined by some of Marjorie’s (and our) dear friends, Bob Doherty, Paul Karp and Greg Franklin who played a beautiful gaggle of songs to kick off the evening’s festivities.

Setting Bob, Paul, Greg and Barry up...

Setting Bob, Paul, Greg and Barry up...

We were all here to not only honor Marjorie’s lasting memory, but to also raise money and help publicize The Rapunzel Project. Check this out… We got a chance to meet the amazing women behind this great project and, thanks to our brothers and sister of the Raccoon Lodge, raise a nice sum of money for the cause.

Follow the yellow brick road... either way...

Follow the yellow brick road... either way...

My family rarely goes with me on the road, so to spend three days with friends and family in my world was a rare treat! Our hotel was right by the Brooklyn Bridge so I got a chance to walk across it for the first time. Imagine that… all the years coming to New York and I had never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Nice… very nice!

The Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower

The girls discuss the cuisine...

The girls discuss the cuisine...

Two old birds waiting for the next big thing!

Two old birds waiting for the next big thing!

Foto by Izze Kaukonen

I have known the guys and gals of the Raccoon Lodge for quite a while… they love having a good time… and they love doing good works. People came from all over the United States for this show… bless them… but the sense I community I have always felt in Brooklyn was palpable. Saturday night we were all one.

The people came from all around... just to hear that crazy sound!

The people came from all around... just to hear that crazy sound!

Like a high school dance...

Like a high school dance...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Michael Falzarano
Kaukarano
Featuring Barry Mitterhoff
Marjorie Thompson Memorial Fundraiser
The Rapunzel Project
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help
Brooklyn, New York
With Thanks To The Raccoon Lodge
June 6, 2015

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. The Other Side Of The Mountain
5. Walkin’ Blues
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. In My Dreams
8. Candy Man
9. Barbeque King
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Keep On Trucking Mama
3. Come Back Baby
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. How Long Blue
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Encore 1: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore 2: Genesis

At this point in my life, people are passing at an ever increasing rate… and that’s just how it is. We hold them in our hearts and delight in the waves that they have made in the pond of life. Perhaps the ripples will subside in time… perhaps not. We shall see. As for Marjorie, her trials are over… but her memory will abide in my heart and in the hearts of her family and all who knew her. She would have loved the fundraiser, and she would have hated being lionized. That was her!

Our deepest collective gratitude to all those who made this event possible, including you all who came to Brooklyn from the corners of the earth.

Thanks all… deepest and profoundest thanks!

Love is born in fire; it’s planted like a seed.
Love can’t give you everything, but it gives you what you need.
And love comes when you’re ready, love comes when you’re afraid;
It’ll be your greatest teacher, the best friend you have made.
So give yourself to if love is what you’re after;
Open up your hearts to the tears and laughter,
And give yourself to love, give yourself to love.
Give Yourself To Love By Kate Wolf

The road home at Sideling Hill...

The road home at Sideling Hill...

From Dear Jerry Onward!

May 17th, 2015 Jorma 13 comments

So I was blessed and honored to be asked to be a part of the Dear Jerry celebration at Merriweather Post in Columbia, Maryland. Myron and I got in late-ish on Tuesday for the rehearsal on Wednesday and the gig on Thursday.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The first person I saw was my old buddy Sam Bush. What a treat! Then the hits just kept on coming.

Jorma & Buddy

Jorma & Buddy

Buddy Miller! Cool beans. I’ve been a fan of his for years. To get to play with him was the cat’s meow… and that wasn’t all.

There was Don Was on bass… Audley Freed on guitars… Matt Rollings on keys, coolness… Raymond Weber on drums… and the McCrary sisters with soulful back up singing! Talk about a house band! And last but not least, Russ Pawl on pedal steel.! Yeah buddy!!!

Now some more pictures:

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

The boys play Shady Grove…

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Triumvirate!

Russ Pahl at work...

Russ Pahl at work...

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Getting my do done...

Getting my do done...

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jorma & Jimmy

Jorma & Jimmy

Almost 20,000 people!  Wow!

Almost 20,000 people! Wow!

Then it was my turn to hold forth on Sugaree!

Jumping into Sugaree...

Jumping into Sugaree...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Great to have Barry Mitterhoff on board for this classic tune!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

Performance shot...

Performance shot...

What a great time I had.

Caroline Garcia and I

Caroline Garcia and I

In the video interview, they asked me, ‘If you could say something to Jerry right now… what would it be?’ ‘That’s easy,’ I said. ‘I bet you wish you were here. I know we do!’

And then it was time to head up to New England for a gig at the Bull Run.

Noble sentiments!

Noble sentiments!

A quiet tarn...

A quiet tarn...

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Bull Run Concert Series
Shirley, Massachusetts
Friday, May 15, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Hesitation Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. In My Dreams
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. I Know You Rider
17. How Long Blues

Bull Run... in Mass.

Bull Run... in Mass.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to Beacon, New York and The Town Crier.

The Town Crier

The Town Crier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Big Dog...

The Big Dog...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York

First Set:
1. Don’t You Leave Me Here
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. I See The Light
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Hesitation Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Barbeque King
6. In My Dreams
7. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
8. Re-Enlistment Bleus
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the Martin M-30

Behind the Martin M-30

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… a grand three day run.

By the sign of the Crier

By the sign of the Crier

Foto by Kelly Worth

Well… that’s about it for now. Myron and I beat feet for home and made 600 miles in ten hours… not bad. A great little run… but great to be home!

420… Whoahhh Dude… A Trifecta Of Electricity And A Hearty Tally Ho

April 20th, 2015 Jorma 21 comments
Myron at Wanee

Myron at Wanee

A mighty drive from Stoughton, Wisconsin to Wanee…

Jutin gets ready to rock!

Jutin gets ready to rock!

We love Wanee… Any time, any time at all!

Vibe extraordinaire!

Vibe extraordinare!

The rockin’set:

Hot Tuna 4, 2015
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Berry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Wanee Festival
Live Oak, Florida
Thursday, April 16, 2015

1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Good Shepherd
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. A Little Faster
9. Can’t Get Satisfied
10. Water Song
11. Funky # 7

The Jazzmaster rules!

The Jazzmaster rules!

Foto by Dan Nigro

Whoahhh!

Whoahhh!

Then it was off to Atlanta…

The marquee

The marquee

The boys...

The boys...

Hot Tuna 5, 2015
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Berry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, April 17, 2015

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. A Little Faster
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Hit Single #1
Second Set:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Children Of Zion
3. Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Come Back Baby

The scene of the crime!

The scene of the crime!

Then it was time for the Carolina Theater in Durham.

Provenance

Provenance

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Loverly!

Loverly!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 6, 2015
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Carolina Theater Of Durham
Durham, North Carolina
Saturday, April 18, 2015

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. A Little Faster
4. I Wish You Would
5. Rock Me Baby
6. True Religion
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Come Back Baby

Da boyz...

Da boyz...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then Barry and I returned to Leesburg for our makeup date at the Tally Ho.

A great night at the Tally Ho

A great night at the Tally Ho

Jorma Kaukonen 29, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen with Barry Mitterhoff
Tally Ho Theater
Leesburg, Virginia
Sunday, April 19, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. How Long Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. I’ll B All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. In My Dreams
6. Other Side Of The Mountain
7. Come Back Baby
8. Candy Man
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: I Am The Light Of The World

Good times…

The Red House Bowling Ball... it's a long story...

The Red House Bowling Ball... it's a long story...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And now… Home at last for a while.

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