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The Whirlwind YoYo

July 17th, 2018 Jorma 8 comments

Saturday Myron and I drove 590 miles from the Fur Peace Ranch to Ronkonkoma. We barely stopped for gas on that run, so hen se go to the hotel we were starving. Fortunately, right next to the hotel was this:

Tasted like there, but it was here!

Tasted like there, but it was here!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

La Villetta was quite simply… awesome! What a way to end the drive up!

Sunday we checked out of the hotel and drove to the venue in Patchogue. As an honorary Long Islander, there were lots of old friends as well as new!

Chewing the fat with Devon Allman

Chewing the fat with Devon Allman

Photographer unknown

I brought a box of the great Hot Tuna vinyl reissue of the first LP, and Jack and I signed them for the Company Store at the Fur Peace Ranch.

John Hancock time...

John Hancock time...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great hang. Got to hear my old pal Michael Falzarano as well as all the other great acts. We also got a little time to actually check our stuff out on stage before our set. Rare in a festival situation.

Eh?

Eh?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then our moment came…

Lovely evening spot...

Lovely evening spot...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 20, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Great South Bay Music Festival
Patchogue, N.Y.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Sleep Song
6. Trial By Fire
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby

Dicky Betts and the guys were coming on after us but they had some setup problems and Myron and I had to leave before their set.

Life on the road

Life on the road

Foto by Myron Hart

Myron and I slept for some hours off of I-78 and then made it home. A fine surgical strike of music.

More anon!

Getting Ready For The Trek

July 13th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments

Leaving for the Hot Tuna Show at the Great South Bay Music Festival at Shorefront Park on Sunday. We’re all sure looking forward to this. Yesterday I took Izze to meet her pals at Strouds Run and flew my drone a little bit.

Strouds Run Beach at the lake

Strouds Run Beach at the lake

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The girls are the little ants moving around down there.

Muddy from the rain... but still beautiful!

Muddy from the rain... but still beautiful!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Of course… the drone selfie…

A boy, his Jeep and his drone...

A boy, his Jeep and his drone...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Got the truck loaded, gonna grab some Z’s and head for the gig.

Onward indeed!

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A Lovely Tuesday

July 10th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Me on the 1932 Rickebacker Tuxedo

Me on the 1932 Rickebacker Tuxedo

Foto by Myron Hart

Last week I got to play on a tune for the great Joe Louis Walker for his upcoming project on Cleopatra Records out of L.A. Joe and I go way, way back to the early Fillmore days. It was such an honor that he asked me to do this!

On of the old covered bridges in Athens County

On of the old covered bridges in Athens County

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Izze had a sleepover in a remote pat of the county I had never been to before. Lovely.

A man and his Jeep

A man and his Jeep

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Lots of stuff to do this week. Driving up for the Hot Tuna show in Patchogue and heading home after our set. All things considered… it’s all good! Think I’ll go out to see what the pool is like right now…

Hmmmmmm….

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Yet Another County Heard From

June 10th, 2018 Jorma 47 comments

A note from a Dissatisfied Fan
Sunday, June 10, 2018

You know, you just can’t please everybody and in my line of work, sometimes these feelings of dissatisfaction manifest themselves in the strangest ways. I just got a letter from a woman whose return address simply said, ‘Ms. Ripped Off,’ NYC. See Foto below.

Duly noted

Duly noted

I had to think about this one a little bit.

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This is what I came up with:

Keep in mind; it’s always nice to get fan letters … good and not so good. It helps to keep everything in perspective. This one came this weekend and was one I just couldn’t pass up sharing.

The first few things that came to mind were that the only VIP packages that came remotely close to costing $250 were at the Beacon Theater almost two years ago and last years City Winery gig in Manhattan. We actually performed 4 nights at the Winery on that run and there was only one night that featured what the Winery folks called a VIP Package. As I recall, this VIP package without any extra’s was about $105. If you bought the whole package it was about $195 and included a lot more than just a meet and greet. The artist would participate in a brief meet and greet with a photo op for up to 50 persons prior to the performance as part of the Mastercard/City Winery promotion. The folks who bought this package were also treated to a visit to the winery room, a four course dinner and wine flight which is basically the tasters getting to describe a selection of wines, usually between three and eight glasses, but sometimes as many as fifty. I have no idea how many glasses were involved. I must note here that this event was in November 2017… 7 months ago.

The Beacon VIP packages are much different. You get VIP seating which is very nice and up front as I recall and a brief meet and greet after the performance with Jorma and Jack, which is always heavily orchestrated by Beacon staff. Another side note: this event was in December of 2016 almost 18 months ago. Now it seems to me that if Ms. Ripped Off really took umbrage at any of these events, she would have made her complaints known a long time ago.
Now as far as autographs are concerned, it is true that Jack Casady actually has a John Hancock style signature. It is truly magnificent and always looks the same. I will be the first to admit that my penmanship was miserable when I was a kid and remains so today. That said, whether or not you like my handwriting, it is mine and that’s the best I can do. Since I have absolutely no recollection of the incident Ms. R.O. describes, I can only say that while I am not normally a Chatty Kathy I would like to think that I am a moderately entertaining conversationalist if I am being made a part of an entertaining conversation. Good dialogue is a team effort. Perhaps Ms. R.O. should look in the mirror and spread the blame out a little.

Well, it is what it is, and VIP packages are what they are. At the Beacon for instance regular ticket prices are divided by price tiers and seat locations. They start at $69 then go up to $89 and $99. When you add a VIP option as pricey as it is, it’s a venue set price and they get a chunk of that fee. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Jack and I love our fans and try to be there for them as best we can without being untrue to ourselves, but buying a VIP ticket does not entitle one to make unrealistic personal demands. As far as the aforementioned Ms. R.O. not enjoying the show, all can say is I am a story teller and if you didn’t like the story I told that night that’s OK. Art is an ephemeral beast at best. You may not like what I had to say, but it is my right to say it in any way that I want.

Last by not least, since Ms. Ripped Off told me I suck, this is a fine time for me to quote my father, may he rest in peace. ‘Why are there so many more horses asses, than there are horses?’

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Dark Star Jubilee 2018

May 27th, 2018 Jorma 10 comments
The eagles gather on Friday...

The eagles gather on Friday...

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After a stop at the Cherry St. Pub in Lancaster for a steak… we beat feet on up to Heath, Ohio Thursday night and got to the Jubilee early on Friday.

Our backstage tent at the festival

Our backstage tent at the festival

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was time to rock!

Preflight Check

Preflight Check

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 18, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Thornville, Ohio
Friday, May 25, 2018

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Living Just For You
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Rock Me Baby
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Talkin’ Bout You
13. Funky #7

The Beano sings

The Beano sings

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Saturday the weather was beautiful until we finished our set.

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 19, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Dark Star Jubilee
Thornville, Ohio
Saturday, May 26, 2018

1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Search My Heart
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. How Long Blues
13. That’ll Never Happen No More
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. Water Song
With Los Lobos:
1. The Neighborhood
2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
3. One Way Out
With Dark Star Orchestra:
1. 3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
2. White Rabbit

I did get to fly my drone before Los Lobos and the storm set in.

Nothing but blue skies... for a while...

Nothing but blue skies... for a while...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Los Lobos got a couple of songs into their set… and then… the storm.

This was a real gully washer!

This was a real gully washer!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The rain passed… they reset the stage and I got to sit in with David and the guys.

What a treat!

What a treat!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then DSO took the stage and Jack and I had the honor of sitting in with them!

3/5's and White Rabbit

3/5's and White Rabbit

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another great Jubilee… Our heartfelt thanks to the Dark Star Folks for inviting us. If DSO wants us… we’re there!!

Onward!

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From The Ranch To Dark Star

May 25th, 2018 Jorma 4 comments

We’ve had so much going on at the Ranch non-stop since the season opened that it’s nice to take a little break. Of course, I’m up here in Thornville, Ohio for Dark Star’s Jubilee… so it’s not like I’m doing nothing. My daughter just finished seventh grade with straight A’s. She didn’t get that from me… that’s for sure. Anyway, last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch it was Pat Donohue, G.E.Smith and myself. Pat was the Big Dog on stage that night and G.E. and myself went on first.

G.E. surrounded by age and beauty!

G.E. surrounded by age and beauty!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 21, 2016
Jorma With G.E. Smith
Fur Peace Ranch Station
Darwin , Ohio
Saturday, May 19, 2018

1. Dime For Beer… Jorma solo
2. Sleep song… Jorma solo
3. Trial By Fire… Jorma Solo
4. Come Back Baby… Jorma with G.E.
5. Kentucky Blues… G.E. with Jorma
6. Re-Enlistment Blues… Jorma with G.E.
7. G.E. Buffalo Skinners… G.E.
8. Whining Boy Blues… Jorma with G.E.
9. Dark As A Dungeon… G.E.
10. Search My Heart… Jorma with G.E.
11. Ballad Of Pancho & Lefty… G.E.
12. The Automatic… G.E. with Jorma

We had a blast with this set! We also got to sit in with Pat on Deep River Blues and Teenage Wedding. Thanks for gracing us with our presence Pat… Good times. You too G.E. Always!

The Class of Last Week!

The Class of Last Week!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Big thanks to Tom Feldman for gracing us with his elegant presence and making things easier for the Old Man… me.

The Light Of This World Class

The Light Of This World Class

Foto by helpful student!

The week went by in the link of an an eye. Today is my daughter’s last day of school…and we are up here in Hebron getting ready to head over to Legend Valley. First a trip to the Lakeside diner in Buckeye Lake.

Yummy

Yummy

Foto by Suzy Perler

Looks like a nice day!

Looks like a nice day!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Electric set tonight, acoustic tomorrow. Great weather today… we’ll see about tomorrow.

Onward!

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Infinity And Beyond

April 8th, 2018 Jorma 10 comments
Nothing like a Spring day...

Nothing like a Spring day...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Started driving in the snow but it let up by the time we got to Hatrford.

The lore of the ancients

The lore of the ancients

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was Infinity time.

... and beyond

... and beyond

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 16, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Infinity
Hartford, Connecticut
Friday, April 6, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. How Long Blues
10. Candy Man
11. Trial By Fire
12. Sea Child
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Wolves And Lambs
4. Genesis
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Trouble In Mind
7. Barbeque King
8. River Of Time
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Sleep Song
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Water Song
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Phil and Jack backstage...

Phil and Jack backstage...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then up to Ogunquit, Maine for the last show of this run at Johnathan’s.

Seafood, here we come!

Seafood, here we come!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Great dinner… and then the gig!

Hot Tuna 17, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Jonathan’s
Ogunquit, Maine
Saturday, April 7, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Search My Heart
6. Barbeque King
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Candy Man
9. Trial By Fire
10. Sleep Song
11. Living In The Moment
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Second Chances
3. I See The Light
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Been So Long
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

After the shrimp coctail... a gig!

After the shrimp coctail... a gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the show we drove Jack and Phil to Boston for the next leg of their trip and Myron and I headed for home… which is whee I am now. Back with my girls… and tonight snoozing in my own bed.

Good times!

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And Your Little Dog Too…

April 6th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
The Flying Monkey

The Flying Monkey

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Winter’s chilly fingers are still wrapped around us up here, but there was blue skies as we pulled into Plymouth, and the Flying Monkey.

Monkeyville

Monkeyville

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is a great joint. It’s been too long since we played here!

Hot Tuna 15, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Flying Monkey
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Thursday, April 5, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Too Many Years
4. Wolves And Lambs
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Death Don’t’ Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Living In The Moment
12. Sea Child
13. Trial By Fire
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Waiting For A Train
6. How Long Blues
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Search My Heart
9. Come Back Baby
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Where's Dorothy?

Where's Dorothy?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Rising a little bit early this morning to head for Hartford, Connecticut and Infinity.

Back at the yard behind the Monkey… it was still train time.

A thousand miles from nowhere...

A thousand miles from nowhere...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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Back To The Paramount

April 5th, 2018 Jorma 4 comments
The Paramount Theater In Rutland

The Paramount Theater In Rutland

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I think the last time we were here was 2010. It’s been way too long. This is a magnificent theater with great sound!

Hot Tuna 14, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Paramount Theater
Rutland, Vermont

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Search My Heart
5. River Of Time
6. Barbeque King
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. Sleep Song
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. Nobody Know You When You’re Down & Out
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

It’s been rainy and chilly, but hey, we’re in Vermont in April.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Foto by jack Casady

Now we’re off to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, New Hampshire. It’s been a minute or two since we’ve been there too so we’re looking forward to this one as well.

Proceeding…

The view from the stage

The view from the stage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Back To The Blob

April 4th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments
Yeah....

Yeah....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I saw The Blob in 1958 when it came out. I went to the Avalon Theater on Connecticut Aveunue near Chevy Chase Circle… my hood. I think I took my girlfriend Kathy. I sure knew how to show a girl a good time back then.

A historic plaque

A historic plaque

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Fast forward to today and Hot Tuna at the Colonial Theater… scene of the Blob massacre in the movie and today’s Blobfest.

Who needs The Blob when you have Hot Tuna?

Who needs The Blob when you have Hot Tuna?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 13, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Colonial Theater
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Monday, April 2, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Living In The Moment
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Sleep Song
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When Your own & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Search My Heart
4. I See The Light
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. River Of Time
8. In My Dreams
9. Trial by Fire
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Looking forward to the next time

Looking forward to the next time

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a while since I played the Colonial. This was Jack’s first time in Blobland. He loved it. As time passes, it’s nice to play new venues, but always a welcome pleasure to come back to familiar ones!

You can't make this stuff up.

You can't make this stuff up.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The White Rabbit art theater next door…

Yesterday we got up and drove up to Rutland, Vermont where tonight we will play the Paramount Theater. Raining here and raining at home. at least it’s not snowing… today.

More will be revealed…