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From North To South

January 20th, 2018 Jorma 6 comments
Leaving the Ranch

Leaving the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep, winter in Ohio as we headed down to Nashville for our Winery Gig.

The mighty Winery in Nashville

The mighty Winery in Nashville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 1, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Heart Temporary
7. Candy Man
8. Trouble In Mind
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. True Religion
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Living In The Moment

We left after show and drove down to Atlanta.

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Atlanta gig was a first for us… but we love this place too.

Hot Tuna 2, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, January 12, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sea Child
9. How Long Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. Too Many Years
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Death Don’t have No Mercy

After show we drove to St. Petersburg for our first of two gigs with Susan and Derek. The temperature was 42 degrees when we hit the stage. Suffice it to say we were hot, but it was cold!

Hot Tuna 3, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Vinoy Park
St. Petersburg, Florida
January 13, 2018

1. Living Just For You
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Trial By Fire
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Funky # 7

Another after show drive to Boca Raton and another show with Derek and Susan… a little warmer.

Hot Tuna 4, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Mizner Park
Boca Raton, Florida
Sunday, January 14, 2018

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit Single #1

Then it was off to Jamaica for our stint with Dark Star.

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was warmer here in the Islands then it was in Florida… but it is not hot. We moved over to Paradise Cove where it was rainy and barely balmy.

Between rainstorms

Between rainstorms

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our first night was between rains…

Hot Tuna 5, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talking bout you
5. Sleep Song
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. I See The Light
8. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. 99 Year Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky #7

Rockin' in the sand

Rockin' in the sand

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hey, it’s not snowing… but there’s been a lot of rain.

Hot Tuna 6, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Friday, January 19, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. New Song For The Morning
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider

On the prom stage

On the prom stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We were able to do our show indoors last night. It’s sunny right now, so perhaps tonight’s show will actually be outdoors.

More will be revealed.

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Boak’s Bash In Easton, PA

January 8th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Frigid Friday Sunrise

Frigid Friday Sunrise

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yet another sub freezing morning as Myron and I loaded up the Jeep to head to the State Theater in Easton, Pennsylvania to be part of Dick Boak’s retirement gala. Dick’s history with Martin Guitars is… well, legendary. Over a decade ago it was Dick who sat us down at the Pizza place across the street from the Martin factory and there on a table napkin the Jorma M-30 was born.

A star is born!

A star is born!

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

David Bromberg got me started with his fine Bromberg Model… and then it was my turn. Anyway, after who knows how many years Dick will move into Emeritus Status and on his way he put together an amazing night of music with a gaggle of his friends.

What a magnificent room!

What a magnificent room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hanging out in catering...

Hanging out in catering...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

With folks like NIck Forster and Lawrence Juber, Ernie Sites, Steve Miller, David Bromberg, John Mayer, Craig Thatcher and Trevor Gordon Hall it was a night filled with music and fellowship!

The old dog spins a yarn...

The old dog spins a yarn...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I played Sleep Song and Living In The Moment and then called Craig Thatcher up for a duet on good Shepherd.

Old friends...

Old friends...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then David Bromberg joined me for Death Don’t Have No Mercy and Come Back Baby.

When we weren’t playing… it was a non stop hang!

Jorma, Nick and David

Jorma, Nick and David

Foto by Myron Hart

Ernie Sites, Steve Miller and Craig Thatcher

Ernie Sites, Lawrence Juber and Craig Thatcher

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I got a chance to meet John Mayer. I felt like I knew a little about him from his reputation. Chatting with him for a while I found him to be a most genuine artist and a gentle soul!

New friends... always good.

New friends... always good.

Foto by Myron Hart

All in all… Happy retirement Dick… although the thought of you retiring from anything is utterly alien. Thanks for inviting me to your amazing party! I think you should retire every year… and always count me in!

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Transcontinental YoYo And Why Hunger?

December 18th, 2017 Jorma 8 comments

So we got home from the Tuna Tour on Sunday a week ago had a nice week at home with the girls and the critters and then off to San Francisco for the Why Hunger Benefit at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma. We got to San Francisco in time to fight traffic from the airport to get to Japan Town an some dinner.

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I ate noodles at the Mifune for over thirty years, and then like so many things… it was gone. I have no complaints about the food here though!

Justin and I peruse the menues

Justin and I peruse the menues

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s a different scene here… but the food was still great!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Saturday at noon we all drove up to the Viansa Winery in Sonoma to meet Jack.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

These folks were so fortunate the fires did not do their fearsome work here. It was a beautiful late fall afternoon in the wine country.

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Having spent two decades in Northern California it is now always a pleasure to return as a wide eyed tourist. Can’t say I miss the taxes and the gas prices though. That said, can’t complain about the vibe. Menasha who has been so generous to us in so many ways invited her friend David the Tea Man from Santa Cruz to welcome us with his amazing teas and a very spiritual ceremony.

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What an experience this was on so many levels. I can hardly wait to visit his shop in Santa Cruz the next time we work there!

Amazing...

Amazing...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the show got rolling, Jack Casady and Tony Saunders played a beautiful double bass version of ‘Imagine.’ Wow! Then after some more great music, Hot Tuna hit the stage for a 90 minute set.

Imagine

Imagine

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 62, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Imagine There’s No Hunger
Benefit
Viansa Winery
Sonoma, California
December 16, 2017

1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Can’t Get Satisfied
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Roads and Roads &
12. Hit Single # 1
13. Funky #7

There were many old friends there and we made some new as well.

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

I spent over a decade on the road with Pete. What a great musician and a wonderful man! Speaking of old friends. Bob Steeler was there as well and we got to be part of a double drum jam with Justin Guip and Bob.

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And then it was over… back to the hotel at the airport by 0100 and at the airport by 0630.

Walking to the gate

Walking to the gate

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Life has sure been busy, but so far so good… and who would want it any other way! As for the YoYo… reference Thomas Pynchon’s V.

Sitting… To Standing!

December 10th, 2017 Jorma 23 comments
One of the best...

One of the best...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve played the Birchmere for over the years an the locations. D.C. being Jack’s and my hometown, it is always memorable for us when we return! It also doesn’t hurt that the Birchmere lets us do our laundry there during sound check.

Hot Tuna 58, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Trouble In Mind
Second set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. How Long Blues
4. The Terrible Operation
5. 99 Year Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. I See The Light
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Legendary indeed!

Legendary indeed!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the Birchmere gig we headed up to Asbury Park to meet up with Justin Guip and Steve Kimoch for our short but sweet electric run.

The Asbury Park Convention Center

The Asbury Park Convention Center

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back in the 60’s the Airplane played the Convention Center a number of times. It’s probably a good thing these old walls can’t talk! On this run, the Tuna Gang played next door at the Paramount.

Hot Tuna 59, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
The Paramount Theater
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Thursday, December 7, 2017

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ode To Billy Dean
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Living Just For You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Sleep Song with Steve Kimock
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
4. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
7. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
8. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Funky #7 with Steve Kimock
10. Encore: Water Song

This a more than fine outing for the first of three… with two more to come!

Halcyon days of yore...

Halcyon days of yore...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I remember that Barry Mitterhoff played the Paramount during the Guitarbeque in ‘05. As always we stayed across the street at the Berkeley. I think it’s haunted… just saying. After show we drove to Portchester, New York. The Capitol Theater has been a treat for us for almost half a century!

We were welcomed by Matryoshka Dolls...

We were welcomed by Matryoshka Dolls...

foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Love these nesting dolls. I’ve had a bunch of them since I was a kid.

Then and now...

Then and now...

Photographer unknown

Jack noticed the foto on the wall of us ‘in the day.’ Bingo! New foto.

Celestial...

Celestial...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Capitol is a class joint and we always look forward to this gig!

Hot Tuna 60, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
December 8, 2017

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. In The Kingdom
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Ode To Billy Dean with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living Just For You
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
5. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
8. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1 with Steve Kimock

Great lights...

Great lights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We loved the streaming video we were able to offer our fans as well. Big Kudos to the Capitol!

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The snow was falling as we pulled into Huntington.

The new Paramount in Huntington

The new Paramount in Huntington

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The IMAC is long gone and in its place this magnificent venue has sprung up!

The key club downstairs

The key club downstairs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

You can’t make this stuff up. The mysterious private club. Gotta love this.

Hot Tuna 61, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
The Paramount
Huntington, New York
Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve Kimock
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
5. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
6. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
7. 99 Year Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Hit Single #1 with Steve Kimock
10. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve Kimock

The Louis Electric stacked on the Marshall Plexi

The Louis Electric stacked on the Marshall Plexi

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a fine ending jewel for this triple crown of gigs.

Gettin' down...

Gettin' down...

Foto by Lee Cantor

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A fine end to a fitting little tour and our big love to all the foks who shared it with us!

Thanks to all!

Thanks to all!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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And Four To Go…

December 4th, 2017 Jorma 51 comments

We started this run of four at the Wilbur in Boston…

Hot Tuna 54, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, November 30, 2017

First Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. In My Dreams
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. True Religion
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trouble In Mind
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Our friends Derek and Susan were right up the street, but we didn’t get a chance to say ‘hello!’ Next time.

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 55, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Warehouse
Fairfield, Connecticut
Friday, December 1, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Heart Temporary
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Come Back Baby
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Hesitation Blues
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Telling the story... one more time!

Telling the story... one more time!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was to the Odeum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Hot Tuna 56, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Living In The Moment
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Candy Man
6. Barbeque King
7. The Terrible Operation
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 57, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Cohoes Music Hall
Cohoes, N.Y.
Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Candy Man
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. How Long Blues
7. 99 Year Blues
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Live on stage in Cohoes

Live on stage in Cohoes

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the show we started driving to Alexandria for our gig at the Birchmere in Alexandria tomorrow. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to this old haunt, and we’re looking forward to it. I had a lovely dinner with my son Zach night, and tomorrow is another day.

Here’s a picture of moondown at the Fur Peace Ranch this morning.

Don't the moon look pretty...

Don't the moon look pretty...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Onward…

Last Two Winery Dates

November 29th, 2017 Jorma 55 comments
That little old wineshop on Varick St.

That little old wineshop on Varick St.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 52, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Monday, November 27, 2017

Set One:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. River Of Time
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbecue King
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Set Two:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Too Many Years
4. 99 Year Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Been So Long
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Search My Heart
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Back ‘to work’ on Monday… and a good time was had by all. On Tuesday before the show the boys and I walked over to visit our friend Matt Umanov.

A legend...

A legend...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We’ve all frequented this wonderful shop for decades and decades…

Jorma, Matty, Jack & Myron

Jorma, Matty, Jack & Myron

Foto by Phil Jacobs

AS G.E.Smith so sagely said, ‘The 60’s are finally over!’ Maybe we’ll have time to go fishing sometime Matty.

Back at the City Winery we played two more grand sets:

Hot Tuna 53, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Sea Child
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Candy Man
6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
7. Keep On Trucking Mama
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After the show we boarded our bus for the drive to Boston and the gig at the Wilbur Theater tomorrow. Here in Boston I found this swell joint for lunch.

Delicious and affordable...

Delicious and affordable...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Lucky Cafe rocks! Now a full night’s sleep and ‘back to work!’

Old School

Old School

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Thanksgiving And a Quadrapack

November 26th, 2017 Jorma 31 comments

We pulled into New York City last week for two great nights at the City Winery… and Thanksgiving. The Winery is always a treat.

Hot Tuna 48, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Search My Heart
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. I See The Light
10. Hesitation Blus
11. How Long Blues
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Come Back Baby
4. River Of Time
5. Candy Man
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Wolves And Lambs
8. In The Kingdom
9. Good Shepherd
10. Things That Might Have Been
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. Serpent Of Dreams
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Hot Tuna 49, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. Come Back Baby
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Living In The Moment
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I See The Light
4. Barbeque King
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Sleep Song
7. The Terrible Operation
8. In My Dreams
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: How Long Blues

A swell two nights… Vanessa, Izze, and Zach were all in town so we called our pal Tom Colicchio for a Thanksgiving recommendation and he came up with Temple Court in the historic Beekman Hotel.

Tall and proud!

Tall and proud!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As we walked over, we weren’t exactly in the shadow of the Freedom Tower… but there it was! Dinner at the Temple Court was absolutely outstanding. Our compliments to the Chef!

The Captain and the kids

The Captain and the kids

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

On the way back to our hotel we chanced to walk by the Nancy Whisky Pub.

#1 Lispenard St.

#1 Lispenard St.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Back in the 80’s Steve Sacher had a pad here and our band, There Goes The Neighborhood was born in that building. The 80’s were tough on everyone, but we did have a few laughs along the way! Then it was down to Jersey and Mt. Tabor.

The Tabernacle in afternoon light...

The Tabernacle in afternoon light...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 50, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Tabernacle
Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
Friday, November 24, 2017

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. I’ll Be All Right Someday
3. River Of Time
4. Barbeque King
5. True Religion
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Trial by Fire
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. The Terrible Operation
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Too Many Years
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. White Rabbit Singalong… Thanks Jack!!!!
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bright Side Somewhere
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. 9 Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

And as if one night weren’t good enough…

Another lovely day at the Tabernacle

Another lovely day at the Tabernacle

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 51, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Tabernacle
Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
Saturday, November 25, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Search My Heart
3. Been So Long
4. Second Chances
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Living In The Moment
9. Trial Buy Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. In My Dreams
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Encore: Hesitation Blues

Onstage at the Tabernacle

Onstage at the Tabernacle


Foto by Lee Cantor

Then it was to Weehawken for a ‘day off.’

Almost like a dream...

Almost like a dream...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A relaxing day working on some rewrites and well… jut relaxing.

No place like it on earth...

No place like it on earth...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tomorrow it’s back the The City Winery for us and another grand two days. This run just couldn’t have been nicer so far.

Onward!

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Tattoo Adventure In St. Louis

November 21st, 2017 Jorma 37 comments
Sunrise at the Arch

Sunrise at the Arch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nessa and I headed to St. Louis to Lyle Tuttle’s Old School Tattoo Convention with some inking in mind. Even though over the years I have collected a number of artist’s work, Lyle gave me my first tattoo at his studio over the old Greyhound Station in downtown San Francisco almost half a century ago.

Old School indeed...

Old School indeed...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Convention was in the Holiday Inn and the venue was packed with Tattooists and ‘art lovers,’ aka tattooed humans. Nessa and I were there with an appointment to see Bridget Punsalang. Bridget normally holds court at the Needlewurks studio in Saratoga Springs, but we had made arrangements to meet her in St. Louis.

I wanted a skull, but I wanted a little some more artistic than just a skull… for in death there is also life. Here is the beginning of the work. It is finished for now… but there is more to come.

In death, there is also the circle of life...

In death, there is also the circle of life...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Bridget is more than awesome… her artistic vision is off the charts.

Artist, and canvas... me.

Artist, and canvas... me.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

This is my first new tattoo in over twenty years, but I’m fired up again. Inking done, we beat feet back to Ohio so i could get on the bus and head to New York City and Hot Tuna’s gig at the City Winery. After unloading at the hotel, Phil and I cabbed over to Chinatown for dinner at Wo Hop.

Another Old School adventure

Another Old School adventure

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been way more than twenty years since I ate here… it was just what I needed.

As for tonight… City Winery here we come!

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A Dinner At Pho Peace & A Night At The Museum!

October 28th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Last night we hosted one of our dinners at the Pho Peace Restaurant right here in the Beatrice Love Kitchen. As always, Justin and the gang in the kitchen knocked it out of the park. I had the beef as I usually do, and as I usually do I saved the meatballs for desert. Having tasted everything here I must say the chicken and the vegetarian pho are also delicious, but I’m just a beef guy I guess. We also had Kimchi and Bánh Mì sandwiches. A true evening of yumminess!

As if that weren’t enough we had fellowship and music too! I’ve been accompanying my dear friend John Hurlbut at sundry Pho Peace events and it is something I always look forward to. John has always had his own artful approach to the music and playing with him totally frees me from the ‘Doing My Show’ syndrome that we professional musicians cannot help but fall into. I get to explore territories that I rarely get to visit when I’m either solo or with Jack and Justin. Good times always! Here’s what John and I played:

1. Get Together
2. Maybe Baby
3. Kansas City Southern
4. House Of The Rising sun
5. Across The Borderline
6. That’s Alright Mama
7. Mystery Train
8. Blow Wind Blow
9. Chimes Of Freedom
10. I Remember You
11. Fishin’ Blues
12. Sitting Here In Limbo
13. Sugaree
14. This Land Is Your Land

What a set Johnny put together and what a delightful evening. After dinner we all adjourned to the Psylodelic Gallery and I hung out and chatted with the folks while they looked at our current show featuring paintings by Andy Tucker whose work reflects moments in time with the faces of inspiring politicians, activists, writers, poets and musicians. We’re also exhibiting a collection of photographs from my personal archives during the early years of Jefferson Airplane. Though the focus last night was on our current exhibit, our permanent collection of original concert posters, jewelry, clothing, instruments and more is always worth a drive to Darwin, Ohio and the Fur Peace Ranch.

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Hardly, Strictly, Bluegrass

October 9th, 2017 Jorma 15 comments

Caught Myron from my drone as we were getting ready to pack up for S.F.

I see you...

I see you...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Living the Vida Drona

Living the Vida Drona

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We docked the truck at the John Glenn International Airport Garage and headed in.

Only the strong survive!

Only the strong survive!

Blurry foto by Myron Hart

Sunrise came as sunrise does from the East, but in the West on Saturday morning, the moon was still up.

Looking west towards the beach

Looking west towards the beach

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Whither goest thou?

Whither goest thou?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I arrived in San Francisco about one in the morning with Myron. Jack, Justin and Phil were already there. Saturday was occupied with trying to catch up on my sleep and store some energy so we could pounce on the folks by the Banjo Stage. The Banjo Stage was where the old Speedway Meadows free shows happened back in the 60’s. It occurred to me that Jack and I had participated in Golden Gate Park gigs longer than anyone else there this weekend.

Jack stakes out his turf.

Jack stakes out his turf.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen.

The folks at Hardly, Strictly, Bluegrass really know how to throw a party. For such an all encompassing event, there were few glitches!

Staging ground...

Staging ground...

I was dumping my stuff off when I noticed that my old pal, Dave Alvin and his gang had the dressing tent next to ours.

Dave Alvin and me...

Dave Alvin and me...

I forgot who took this picture… it wasn’t me, I know that.

I’m definitely going to see if I can get Dave and his pals out to the Fur Peace Ranch for a show. I loved their show… real rock and roll!

The Tuna Boys took the stage about 1215.

Golden Gate Park the way it was meant to be!

Golden Gate Park the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 46, 2017
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The Banjo Stage
Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 8, 2017

1. Living Just For You
2. Trial By Fire
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Funky #7

Jack gets it!

Jack gets it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We had a great set and after we were done I had the chance to hear the Flatlanders as well as Dave Alvin.

Me and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Me and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Selfie by Jorma

It was a grand weekend. I started flying home about ten last night and get in this afternoon at two… Good times. Now this weekend we have a camp at the Ranch…

Good times always…