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Transcontinental YoYo And Why Hunger?

December 18th, 2017 Jorma No 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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2017 Ends For The Fur Peace Ranch

November 14th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Before I get to my report from our final weekend of 2017, a quick sidebar on my last post. I would would never, ever advise anyone on parenting, self defense, survival skills or come to think of it… just about anything. The following is just my opinion and experience. Where we live, the nearest LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) is an hour away… if things go according to plan. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If something horrible were to happen at our place, screaming would just tell the VCA (Violent Criminal Attacker) where my girls were. My neighbors and I may differ in some opinions, but we are united in our commitment to keeping our little street safe… an we will do so by any means necessary. It has also been noted that all of us including our children need to not put ourselves in dangerous situations and in a perfect world that would suffice. Sometimes common sense is just not enough and on any given day our children might be fed a line of BS that makes sense to them at the time. There are bad people out there and life gives us no safe spaces.

Nuff said… it’s a beautiful chill morning and at 0700 my daughter is on her way to middle school.

The last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was awesome by any standard! We hosted the wondrous Steve Kimock and Jack Casady. Our good friend and colleague Justin Guip drove down from Woodstock to be part of the party. Thanks justin. You’re a great addition to our world! Our plan was to involve Steve in as much of the music as possible and that’s what we did!

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 47, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
And Special Guest Steve Kimock
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 11, 2017

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Living Just For You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Trial By Fire
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Sleep Song
2. Sea Child
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
4. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
8. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
9. Encore: Water Song with Steve Kimock

Almost three hours of music… we’re not fooling around! Hot Tuna has some electric shows coming up with Steve and we’ve got some heady plans to put his august presence to good use.

It was chill here in Southeast Ohio this past weekend, but it’s halfway through November and I’d expect no less. I actually thoroughly enjoy these late Fall days although I’m sure I’ll thinking of Spring by the time New Years rolls around.

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A hearty thanks and a shout out to Tom Feldman for his inestimable assistance as a teacher, the purity and perfection of his art which he shares so readily with us, his qualities as a man and his friendship! Thanks Tom!

Now that this weekend is over I can get back to the second rewrite of my book. Life visits many humbling situations upon us and this is yet another one. It’s all good though and I can feel that this event is giving more growth rings on my tree of life.

Time to walk my four footed friends and get my nose back to the grindstone.

Have a great day all!

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…

End Of The Fundraiser & Natalie’s Wood Fired Pizza

October 5th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments

Many thanks to all who answered Izze’s call for the fundraiser… This is a short event and the money has to be turned in on Monday the 9th of October which means that we have to have the gelt in hand on Saturday the 7th so that’s it folks. For all practical purposes we’re done and again… our heartfelt thanks!

Tuesday the 3rd I played to solo shows at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington outside of Columbus, Ohio. This is a great little venue and it was a real treat to play a cool gig so near to home.

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2017

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

Worthington, Ohio

October 3, 2017

  1. True Religion
  2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  4. Barbeque King
  5. That’ll Never Happen No More
  6. River Of Time
  7. Sleep Song
  8. Watch The North Wind Rise
  9. How Long Blues
  10. San Francisco Bay Blues
  11. I See The Light
  12. Genesis
  13. Hesitation Blues
  14. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  15. Re-Enlistment Blues
  16. Keep On Trucking Mama
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2017

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

Worthington, Ohio

October 3, 2017

  1. Candy Man
  2. Ain’t In No Hurry
  3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  4. The Terrible Operation
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. Been So Long
  8. Things That Might Have Been
  9. Trial By Fire
  10. Sea Child
  11. Good Shepherd
  12. Whining Boy Blues
  13. Living In The Moment
  14. Search My Heart
  15. I Know You Rider
  16. Encore: Water Song

Notice… not one song repetition…

Last night I was part of a function at Shadowbox Live in Columbus in conjunction with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… I got to play White Rabbit and Come Back Baby with the house band… Cool beans and a special thanks to Stacie Boord for smoothing the bumps in the road!

Tomorrow it’s off to S.F. for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend.

Onward!

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Hot Tuna August Wrap Up And Home

August 9th, 2017 Jorma 46 comments
Bob Dylan is everywhere...

Bob Dylan is everywhere...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the last show with Susan and Derek we beat feet to Minneapolis for a two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club. We did a half a day to walk around and decompress.

The Lumber Exchange... from another century

The Lumber Exchange... from another century

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We love coming to Minneapolis whether it be the Cedar Cultural Center or in this case, the Dakota Jazz Club. We had two shows, one at seven and one at nine… more or less.

Great little gig!

Great little gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 43, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Dakota Jazz Club
7 PM Show
Saturday August 5, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Second Chances
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Let Us Together Right Down Here
8. Heart Temporary
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Wining Boy Blues

Holding forth...

Holding forth...

Foto by Phil jacobs

Hot Tuna 44, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Dakota Jazz Club
9 PM Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, August 5th, 2017

1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. True Religion
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Things That Might Have Been
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. 9 Pound Hammer
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then it was on to St. Charles, Illinois for a gig at the Arcada Theater. The power steering blew out on the bus leaving Minneapolis so we limped into St. Charles and got some superb help!

These folks came to our aid and we were good to go!

These folks came to our aid and we were good to go!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Arcada was a great little theater!

Jack relaxes in the Green Room!

Jack relaxes in the Green Room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 45, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Arcata Theater
St. Charles, Illinois
Sunday, August 6, 2017

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sleep Song
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Come Back Baby
13. Watch The North Wind Rise
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. Water Song
17. Encore: Genesis

On Stage...

On Stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then our merry men scattered to their homes and Myron and I came back to Southeast Ohio where I resume my role as a husband and father.

Sunrise walk on the old road with Maverick

Sunrise walk on the old road with Maverick

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

No matter how simple… there’s no place like home!

Where I belong

Where I belong

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Johnny and I played at our Pho Eatery today. It’s our last weekday offering. We’re going to be doing special event Pho dinners and entertainment. More on that later.

In the meantime, nowhere like your own bed.