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The Last Two Gigs In Hawaii…

June 29th, 2015 Jorma 5 comments
On the way to the Hilo Cafe

On the way to the Hilo Cafe

Our time on the Big Island will always be treasured. What a blast. Back to ‘work’ yesterday. I had a nice walk around the Naniloa area.

The Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens

…and then it was time to go to Honoka’a and the People’s Theater.

The view from the backstage driveway

The view from the backstage driveway

What a great artistic community they have in Honoka’a… and the People’s Theater has the greatest sound imaginable.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The little marquee

The little marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The simplicity and soulfulness of the establishment was indeed the shape of things to come.

The backstage entrance

The backstage entrance

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 11, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The People’s Theater
Honoka’a
Hawaii
Saturday the 26th Of June, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. River Of Time
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Full Go Round
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Barbeque King
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. New Song For The Morning
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Come Back Baby
5. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Candy Man
9. Good Shepherd
10. How long Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

Myron goes native

Myron goes native

There was a little apartment on the second floor where we were able to rest a little bit. When I looked at the bookshelf, it was a window in time to one of my old apartments in San Francisco in the 60’s. All the same books…

My library in the 60's

My library in the 60's

More of the same

More of the same

Then it was to bed… and up early to fly to Oahu and our show at Hawaiian Brian’s.

Pool hall and venue

Pool hall and venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 12, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Crossroads At Hawaiian Brian’s
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, June 28, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Candy Man
8. In My Dreams
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Two friends at the Crossroads

Two friends at the Crossroads

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks go Doug Allsopp for bringing us over. You’re a heck of a host Doug.

Now to bed!

Jorma & Jack Hold Forth At The Palace In Hilo

June 27th, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
The Palace by night...

The Palace by night...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

The Palace theater in Hilo is magnificent. The last time I was here was with Chris Smither a couple of years ago. This time with Jack promised to be a barn burner!

Street doors in the lobby

Street doors in the lobby

More lobby... ceiling fan... days of empire

More lobby... ceiling fan... days of empire

Triumvirate of mystery in the lobby...

Triumvirate of mystery in the lobby...

Still life in the alley

Still life in the alley

The alley is filled with still lifes

The alley is filled with still lifes

The penthouse suite

The penthouse suite

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 10, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Palace Theater
Hilo, Hawaii
Friday, June 16, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Izze’s Lullaby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. The Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Candy Man
9. I See The Light
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
11. Sea Child
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. Come Back Baby
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Second Chances
7. How Long Blues
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Living In The Moment
10. Good Shepherd
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Water Song

Saturday we are in Honoka’a at the People’s Theater.

Be there… or be…

Another Amazing Day Off!

June 26th, 2015 Jorma 10 comments

I’m going to start this little entry with the dinner Jack Casady and I just had in Hilo. We were looking for a place to eat… not that there are a shortage of great restaurants here on the Big Island. We found this:

A chance look up and there we were.

A chance look up and there we were.

Lam’s Garden, Vietnamese And Chinese Food was quite simply, incomparable!

I’m making note of this for the next time I’m here!

Open till 2200!

Open till 2200!

OK… now to back up a little. Myron, Phil and I drove to Volcano National Park where my Golden Age Passport got us all in for free. It does pay to be ancient!

Panorama at Kilauea

Panorama at Kilauea

You want geo-drama… here it is in spades!

The caldera at Kilaeua

The caldera at Kilaeua

I’m just going to run some pictures… which don’t really do the scene justice, but you get the idea!

What a sight!

What a sight!

The crater floor

The crater floor

It’s impossible to see in the previous thumbnail foto, but there are tiny people walking around down there!

More stunning beauty!

More stunning beauty!

Then we went to the lava tubes.

Above ground isn't cool enough? Try the lava tubes!

Above ground isn't cool enough? Try the lava tubes!

More sights in the tubes...

More sights in the tubes...

Then some above the ground beauty…

Where are the dinosaurs?

Where are the dinosaurs?

From technicolor to monochromatic!

OK... what next?

OK... what next?

Past the tubes... down the slope... past the lava see the ocean

Past the tubes... down the slope... past the lava see the ocean

A brief pause before heading to the village of Volcano

A brief pause before heading to the village of Volcano

In Volcano… we found a cool cafe.

The Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano

The Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano

We hit the Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano for lunch, and it was really delicious. We’ve had some great food on this trip.

A quick flashback to yesterday morning… a cool radio interview with, yes… live music by us!

Pick it fellas!

Pick it fellas!

Tomorrow good old Hot Tuna plays the Palace Theater in Hilo. I was here with Chris Smither a couple of years ago. Jack and I are sure to have a ball!

That’s about it for now.

Onward!

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Heading For The Valleys And The Hills… New Photos Added

June 24th, 2015 Jorma 15 comments
A small order of pancakes...

A small order of pancakes...

Phil and I started the day at the Hawaiian Style Cafe for breakfast. We forgot that on the Big Island… everything is big. That’s a short stack!

The ride to the Waip'o Valley

The ride to the Waip'o Valley

We took the top off our rented Jeep headed out for Waip’o.

You can't beat this drive!

You can't beat this drive!

In the parking lot before the descent

In the parking lot before the descent

This picture speaks for itself

This picture speaks for itself

Into four wheel low we go

Into four wheel low we go

Pretty idyllic... eh?

Pretty idyllic... eh?

A closer look at the waterfall...

A closer look at the waterfall...

And then we were off to Mauna Kea.

Almost to the tree line...

Almost to the tree line...

Now we're getting somewhere

Now we're getting somewhere

The red mountain

The red mountain

The Mauna Kea observatory... one of them.

The Mauna Kea observatory... one of them.

13,870 feet above sea level...

13,870 feet above sea level...

And yeah, the air was really thin and I felt it.

Myron and I take a break from gasping for air

Myron and I take a break from gasping for air

Dormant... hopefully

Dormant... hopefully

It was a great day by all accounts. We got back to Hilo in time to have dinner with Jack Casady and now it’s to bed. Early radio show tomorrow.

Nighty night…

Now for some more pictures:

Getting the half top off the Wrangler

Getting the half top off the Wrangler

Check this poop out!

Check this poop out!

Nice suburb

Nice suburb

Horses have right of way

Horses have right of way

Red mountain from Mauna Kea

Red mountain from Mauna Kea

The previous new additions were all from Phil Jacobs!

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Return To Maui

June 23rd, 2015 Jorma 2 comments
We arrive at the Tropical Plantation

We arrive at the Tropical Plantation

This was our first, but hopefully not our last, trip to the Mill House at the Tropical Plantation on Maui.

The setting was quite beautiful and couched in memories from Hawaii’s industrial past.

Industrial art from the past

Industrial art from the past

While Myron was preparing us for sound check, I had a chance to roam about the estate a bit.

Almost as lovely as Vanessa

Almost as lovely as Vanessa

There was a foto op around every corner!

Baby banyan

Baby banyan

This is not an inner city gig…

Could this be a Babbit bearing... like metal shop?

Could this be a Babbit bearing... like metal shop?

Is nice to see all these old mechanisms live on in a way for us to see.

Cogs and more cogs...

Cogs and more cogs...

The gig from the pond

The gig from the pond

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Where's Thomas The Tank Engine?

Where's Thomas The Tank Engine?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Cogs and more cogs...

Cogs and more cogs...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 9, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Mill House At Maui Tropical Plantation
Maui, Hawaii
Sunday, June 21, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re DownAnd Out
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. In My Dreams
8. Been So Long
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Full Go Round
11. Sea Child
12. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Second Chances
3. Barbeque King
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. I See The Light
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journeys

The boys hold forth at the Mill House!

The boys hold forth at the Mill House!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We just landed this morning on the Big Island… where even Hilo Hattie does the Hula Hop! More tomorrow!

A Surgical Strike In Kauai And Off To Maui

June 21st, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
Sometimes a day at the beach is just...

Sometimes a day at the beach is just...

Up yesterday morning at an ungodly hour in Honolulu and off we flew to Kauai… We got in to town in time for a yummy breakfast and a walk on the beach.

The boys are back in town

The boys are back in town

Foto by selfie

We moseyed over to the Kauai Performing Arts Center which is a simply beautiful great sounding hall.

Wide angle...

Wide angle...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 8, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Kauai Performing Arts Center
Kauai, Hawaii
Saturday, June 20, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. Serpent Of Dreams
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Other Side Of The Mountain
2. Living In The Moment
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. River Of Time
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Good Shepherd
9. How Long Blues
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Tonight we’re at the Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation.

… and now, off to the airport.

Grand Chicken Of Kauai

Grand Chicken Of Kauai

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Honolulu Nights

June 20th, 2015 Jorma 2 comments
Jack, Dave Lawrence and Jorma

Jack, Dave Lawrence and Jorma

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio hosting us in the studio and conversing with us at the first part of the gig.

Great to be back in the Islands… Phil and I had a chance to have a delightful Japanese tapas style dinner with my old friend Bob Kinzie and his lovely wife Joy.

Old friends... always good!

Old friends... always good!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This place is tops!

This place is tops!

Then is was time for our gig at the Mamiya…

Diamond Head in the distance

Diamond Head in the distance

The front of the gig… foto by Phil Jacobs

Simply lovely...

Simply lovely...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 7, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Mamiya Theater
Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, June 19, 2015

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See the Light
5. How Long Blues
6. Sea Child
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Come Back Baby
9. In My Dreams
10. Candy Man
11. Good Shepherd
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Then it was off to Kauai…

Somebody's got to do it...

Somebody's got to do it...

The boys take a selfie:

What a gig!

What a gig!

Tonight we play the Kauai Performing Arts Center.

More shall be revealed…

Heading To The Islands

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

The Cafe Indochine on Hamilton Rd. in Columbus

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

Yummy and more yummy!

Yummy and more yummy!

Regal quality at people’s prices… good stuff!

All the spices a feller could want!

All the spices a feller could want!

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

Bonne nuit!

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A Day Late & A Dollar Short… Sort Of…

April 14th, 2015 Jorma 20 comments

It’s been hectic and I’m a couple days behind on my blog, so here goes. After Chicago, we dove up to Minneapolis where I played two shows at the Dakota, Jazz Club.

A beautiful day in Minneapolis

A beautiful day in Minneapolis

We had been having some problems with the generators on the bus (It’s always something with these rigs) but the bus was able to rest conveniently near the gig.

This is a little creepy...

This is a little creepy...

Anyway, I walked over to the bus, picked up my guitar and walked to the gig.

Come on in!

Come on in!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A great dinner and then two shows…

Jorma Kaukonen 27, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen
Solo
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, April 11, 2015

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. The Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Genesis
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Full Go Round
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Hre
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: How Long Blue
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Brother Can You Spare a Dime
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Come Back Baby
5. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
6. Candy Man
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. In My Dreams
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. The Terrible Operation
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. River Of Time
15. Keep On Trucking Mama
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jazz art...

Jazz art...

Then it was time to drive to Stoughton, Wisconsin to play the Stoughton Opera House. Now with both gennys out on the bus, the only electricity was in the driver’s compartment. Fortunately, it was neither too hot nor too cold and we were driving during the day. On the bright side… since the TV’s didn’t work, I didn’t have to watch the news.

City Hall and Opera House... the way it should be!

City Hall and Opera House... the way it should be!

The Opera House is beautiful. Thank goodness the folks in Stoughton had the foresight to remember the past with honor and bring it into the present without putting in some fast food joint.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I love small town America

I love small town America

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen
Solo
Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
6. I See The Light
7. Come Back Baby
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. The Terrible Operation
10. Candy Man
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. In My Dreams
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. How Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Then I got to see the restored fire curtain…

Wow... how cool is this?

Wow... how cool is this?

Yesterday we met up with a temporary bus in Illinois and sent our injure one to Nashville for repairs. We got to ride in an old Silver Eagle… and stopped for the evening in Louisville. Yep, back in my own time zone again.

I love the way they're keeping the old bulding facades.

I love the way they're keeping the old bulding facades.

We went for a walk in the rain and found a great barbeque joint… and on the way…

You can say that again!

You can say that again!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Now we’re off to Nashville to retrieve our bus… hopefully, and then down to Live Oak, Florida and Wanee. Yep, Hot Tuna Electric!

Locking forward to plugging in my Jazzmaster and playing some rock ‘n’ roll.

Onward!

Eighteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch

March 23rd, 2015 Jorma 24 comments

Thursday I got back from SXSW in Austin and Friday was the opening day of the eighteenth year at the good old Fur Peace Ranch. Jack Casady just got back from the Isle Of Jersey and indeed, we were ‘putting the band back together.’ There was a great bunch of campers and the stage was set for a sold out show Saturday night.

We built it... and they came...

We built it... and they came...

The vibe was right and Jack and I were in fine fettle. Vanessa joined us for the second song of the first set… Ain’t In No Hurry. How good does it have to get?

Hot Tuna 3, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 21, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry with Vanessa Kaukonen
3. Other Side Of The Mountain
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Barbeque King
9. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. River Of Time
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. Living In The Moment
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. In My Dreams
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: How Long Blues

It’s a chilly Spring… but at least it isn’t snowing today.

Here’s the group pic from Sunday:

What a great bunch of guys and gals!

What a great bunch of guys and gals!

A wrap up later this morning and life goes on. I had a great two month road trip… but it’s greater still to be home!