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San Francisco, Sonoma State And Home

July 25th, 2016 Jorma 18 comments
Athens Irish Dance hits the road...

Athens Irish Dance hits the road...

Foto by Myron Hart

Myron and I blasted off for the left coast on Friday and my travel garment commemorated Izze’s Irish Dance World. Who needs River Dance when you’ve got the Athens Irish Dancers?

Getting into SF we checked into an airport hotel… this was just going to be an in and out trip. Even though we had to fight traffic to get into town Friday afternoon… it was off to Mifune in the Kintetsu Center.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Mmmm... soba

Mmmm... soba

... and pickeled vegetables too!

... and pickeled vegetables too!

Our gig with Marsha Ball and Taj Mahal was Saturday evening in Rohnert Park… not quite to Santa Rosa. Not very far, but thanks to NOCAL traffic, it took almost three hours to go 65 miles. California is beautiful, I’m glad I live in rural America today. Just sayin’!

Anyway… once at the gig in Sonoma State… we had more than a wonderful time!

Jack, Yair Dala... his daughters and me...

Jack, Yair Dala... his daughters and me...

Our buddy from Israel, Yair Dalal... was in town with his daughters and it was great hanging with them.

Here’s our set:

Hot Tuna 13, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
With Marsha Ball & Taj Mahal
Blues At The Green
Weill Hall & Lawn
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park,
California
Saturday, July 23, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Sea Child
5. Good Shepherd
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. San Francisco Blues
9. How Long Blues
10. I Know You Rider

They boys... distant greatness!

They boys... distant greatness!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Got to hang with Taj a little bit… and chewed the fat with Marsha Ball.

The beast and beauty...

The beast and beauty...

Then it was back to the airport hotel…

Me at 0500 in Burlingame

Me at 0500 in Burlingame

The IM meditation went well… everything worked at the airport counter to my paranoiac tendencies. In the airport I saw a Kiehl’s Pharmacy.

One of Aaron Morse's Harleys

One of Aaron Morse's Harleys

Jack and I had the honor of getting to know Aaron Morse back in the 60’s. He was an amazing man… I wish I had kept up my friendship with him…

Friends I could count on
I could count on one hand
With a left over finger or two.
I took them for granted,
Let them all slip away,
Now where they are I wish I knew.

Knee Deep In A River (Dying Of Thirst)
Don Williams lyrics

And so it goes… Great to be home! Really great!

Santa Fe, To Rifle, To Arvada, To Grand Targhee

July 15th, 2016 Jorma 25 comments
Yummy

Yummy

On the way to Rifle, CO., we stopped at Poncha Springs for some Thai food… delicious… go figure.

Then in Rifle, a trip to the Shooters Cafe for organic steel cut oatmeal.

Good times in Rifle

Good times in Rifle

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

Foto by Phil Jacob

Be advised

Be advised

What a lovely little theater...

What a lovely little theater...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 11, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
The Ute Theater
Rifle, Colorado
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Candy Man
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I Am The Light Of This World
3. How Long Blues
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

Then it was time to head for Arvada.

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Michelle Malone was on this show with us and she is awesome. Check her out if you get a chance!

Great show... great picker!

Great show... great picker!

Here’s our stuff…

Hot Tuna 12, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Arvada Center
Arvada, Colorado
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Candy Man
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Water Song
14. Funky # 7
15. Hit Single #1

An early call this morning. We had an almost 600 mile drive to Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

But first, breakfast...

But first, breakfast...

Foto by Myron Hart

Yes, that’s a kale oriented juice in my hand…

Then lunch in Rock Springs…

This is a good one...

This is a good one...

Back side of the Tetons

Back side of the Tetons

Not a bad little view...

Not a bad little view...

Then we arrived at the lodge in Alta…

Where's that restaurant?

Where's that restaurant?

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

And now it’s finally time to rest… big show here tomorrow at Grand Targhee.

More will be revealed…

From Madrid, New Mexico To Rifle, Colorado

July 11th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments

So the flight from upper Michigan was long and involved… Three flights… three airports but finally safe and sound in Albuquerque where we rented cars and drove to Santa Fe. Lovely to get in in time for a great Mexican dinner and some much needed sleep. I was up at 0300 to make the flights out of Michigan.

Last night was the festival in Madrid.

Come and join the jubilee...

Come and join the jubilee...

Foto by Justin Guip

Reminds me of the good old days!

Reminds me of the good old days!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with my old friend Fred King from East Of The Sun back in S.F. Always nice to see an old friend… alive and well after all these years.

Stilt walking never goes out of fashion

Stilt walking never goes out of fashion

Hot Tuna 10, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Madrid Ballpark Folk & Blues Fest
Madrid, New Mexico
Sunday, July 10, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Funky # 7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

Rockin' in Madrid

Rockin' in Madrid

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We had to finish by 2100 and that’s what we did… a really fun show.

Under the Big Top

Under the Big Top

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Good night moon...

Good night moon...

We started driving towards Rifle, Colorado at 1000 and on the way we stopped at Poncha Springs for some Thai food. Go figure…

If I have to see one more beautiful sky...

If I have to see one more beautiful sky...

The drive from Santa Fe to Rifle was off the charts…

Tomorrow we play at the Ute Theater.

Hot Tuna moves on…

From Harbor Springs, MI To Santa Fe, NM

July 9th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments
Breakfast yesterday in Brutus

Breakfast yesterday in Brutus

Backstage at Blissfest

Backstage at Blissfest

A lovely July eve

A lovely July eve

Oh what a night!

Oh what a night!

Then our time…

Sweet confusion under the moonlight

Sweet confusion under the moonlight

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 9, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Blissfest
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Friday, July 8, 2016

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Candy Man
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Funky # 7
12. Encore: Hit Sigle #1

Placid Purple Plays

Placid Purple Plays

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Gittin' it!

Gittin' it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then up at o445 to go to the airport…

You don't see this at La Guardia

You don't see this at La Guardia

Then twelve hourse and three flights and airports later… Santa Fe!

Historic meets historic...

Historic meets historic...

Now finally some sleep…

From Pomeroy To Pellston, MI

July 8th, 2016 Jorma 8 comments
Welcome to Pellston...

Welcome to Pellston...

Early flight… small planes… all good though!

As soon as you get off the plane in the Pellston Airport… there’s baggage claim… and a bear. Yep… we’re in the North Country now! And what better to do in the North Country? Find pasties.

Now my Dad was from Ironwood up in Gogebic County in the UP. Pasties are what’s for everything so since we were so near the Macinac Bridge… we figured ‘What the heck? Let’s go to the UP.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Cross the bridge, enter the Upper Peninsula and lo… Suzy’s.

Goodness abounds

Goodness abounds

The wonderful joint, rich in the Pasty Lore of the area.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

I ordered a beef pasty with fresh coleslaw…

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

Seated eating… outside, of course.

Good food... good friends!

Good food... good friends!

Foto by Myron Hart

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Then back across the bridge for a look at the Blissfest festival grounds.

The main stage the day before

The main stage the day before

What's in the barn?

What's in the barn?

Rural art shot

Rural art shot

Excellent… It’s going to be fun tonight!

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Dark Star Jubilee II, Seventeen Year Cicadas And Memorial Day

May 30th, 2016 Jorma 20 comments
Breakfast at Buckeye Lake

Breakfast at Buckeye Lake

Foto by Suzy Perler

Down to the Lakeside Diner in Buckeye Lake for breakfast… getting ready for an afternoon set at Legend Valley. It is Monday… Memorial day and the day after our little show yesterday… We had such a good time hanging with the Dark Star Folks and their pod of friends!

This was a great weekend for me and my Tuna pals…

It is also Memorial Day Weekend… As with many folks of my age, by Dad and his two brothers served in WWII. They are all gone now. Uncle Tarmo died in the service and we have his flag. Since we are still unpacking boxes here at the ‘new’ house, the flag has not yet re-emerged, but it will. Tarmo is in a military cemetery in LA and Dad and Uncle Pen rest next to Mom, Ida and Jaako in Inglewood. It is always a bittersweet day… hanging with the family, welcoming the coming summer and honoring those who passed in service of our great country. It ain’t all about barbeque and beer. Honor Memorial Day, I say!

With the transitory nature of life in mind, as the seventeen year cicadas fill my ears with their song, it occurs to me this may be the last time I hear them. I remember the first time I heard them when I was a kid back in D.C. I never thought there might be a time when the cicadas would outlast me, but so it goes.

What a modern guy!

What a modern guy!

Thornville, Ohio is so close to home… and what a great gig. We sure hope we get asked back net year.

Cotter, Jack And Jorma

Cotter, Jack And Jorma

Foto by Suzy Perler

And a big shout out and thanks to Cotter for helping us to sound so good!

Jack warms up onstage before our set

Jack warms up onstage before our set

Hot Tuna 8, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Darkstar Jubilee
Legend Valley
Thornville, Ohio
Sunday, May 29, 2016

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. In My Dreams
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
14. Serpent Of Dreams
15. Keep On Trucking Mama
16. Bar Room Crystal Ball
17. Water Song
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Genesis

Beautiful is as beautiful does!

Beautiful is as beautiful does!

Maverick and I say Honor Memorial Day!

Maverick and I say Honor Memorial Day!

Foto by Vanessa Lillian….

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Nashville To Covington, Kentucky

April 22nd, 2016 Jorma 3 comments
Live in Music City

Live in Music City

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 5, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. I See The Light
9. Sea Child
10. Sleep Song
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Second Chances
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Barbeque King
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
7. Been So Long
8. Living In The Moment
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Howdy neighbor...

Howdy neighbor...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 6, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Madison Theater
Covington, Kentucky
Thursday, April 21, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Know You When You’re Down Out
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. Candy Man
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Keep On Trucking Mama
3. Come Back Baby
4. I See The Light
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Dime For Beer
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: I Know You Rider

Good to go...

Good to go...

I’ve got a lot to talk about my friends from Gibson… but I’ll do that at length when I get into L.A.

Onward

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24 Hours In Asheville…

April 20th, 2016 Jorma 16 comments
Great pawn shop

Great pawn shop

Next to the Wasabi Restaurant… also great…

Where's that mint Les Paul?

Where's that mint Les Paul?

Looking for breakfast… finally got into Over Easy. Perfect breakfast… worth the wait!

Waiting for Over Easy...

Waiting for Over Easy...

Treats and treasures...

Treats and treasures...

Jimmy Rodgers was here too!

Who knew?

Who knew?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The scene of the crime...

The scene of the crime...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 4, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Orange Peel
Asheville, North Carolina
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

First set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. I’ll Be All Right Someday
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. In My Dreams
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy…. whoops… minus this one…
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. How Long Blues
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After show… drive to Nashville where tonight we are at the City Winery.

Hot Tuna drives on…

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A Night In Atlanta…

April 18th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments
We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We buzzed into Atlanta after a quick drive from Live Oak, Florida… up in the morning, looking for breakfast and finding tall buildings.

Wow...

Wow...

From the hotel to the Variety Theater is only 7 miles… but it took a while.

Our name in lights...

Our name in lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A good time at the Variety Theater as always…

Hot Tuna 3, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second St:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Too Many Years
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Genesis

Giving the gift of song....

Giving the gift of song....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Meanwhile, back at the Fur Peace Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Bob Margolin, G.E.Smith and friends.

Tomorrow, good old Hot Tuna plays The Orange Peel in Asheville.

Down the road…

With Friends At Wanee 2016

April 17th, 2016 Jorma 11 comments
Me, Bruce Hornsby and Steve Kimock

Me, Bruce Hornsby and Steve Kimock

Foto by Myron Hart

Yeah, it’s Wanee time again and who’s bus should be next to ours but Mr. Hornsby himself.

Steve checks his gear on the Peach Stage

Steve checks his gear on the Peach Stage

Yeah… old friends everywhere and the weather was beautiful for us!

Jack... the man!

Jack... the man!

Foto by Myron Hart

The boys... rocking

The boys... rocking

Foto by Myron Hart

Justin kicks some butt

Justin kicks some butt

Foto by Myron Hart

Hot Tuna 2, 2016
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Justin Guip & Special Guest
Steve Kimock
Wanee Festival
Live Oak, Florida
Saturday, April 16, 2016

1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. 99 Year Blues
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd…….. with Steve Kimock
9. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
11. Hit Single # I with Steve Kimock
12. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock

twang...

twang...

Foto by Myron Hart

Git'er Done

Git'er Done

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yeah… what a blast…

Kimock, Trucks & Hart

Kimock, Trucks & Hart

Schools, Trucks & Casady

Schools, Trucks & Casady

Warren and Jack

Warren and Jack

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Boys

The Boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was time to get ready to go.

Our Rig

Our Rig

Beautiful Rig

Beautiful Rig

Wanee over with Tuna bid Justin and Steve goodbye and drove up the road to Atlanta where we will play the Variety Playhouse.

And now… to bed!

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