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Asheville Turnaround

July 12th, 2012 Jorma 7 comments
The Diana Wortham Theater

The Diana Wortham Theater

Last night we were at the Diana Wortham Theater here in Asheville and a fine time was had by all. I got to see some dear old friends I haven’t seen in a coon’s age as well as play music with my buds. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 37, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Diana Wortham Theater At Pack Place
Asheville, North Carolina
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Red River Blues
7. Children Of Zion with Tessa Mitterhoff
8. The Terrible Operation with Tessa Mitterhoff
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
6. River Of Time
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Full Go Round
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Genesis

Today we’re off to Atlanta and tomorrow we play the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. We’re not leaving until eleven today… Zach is sleeping in and I’m going for breakfast.

Poised...

Poised...

Down the road!

A Setlist Twofer

July 11th, 2012 Jorma 8 comments

Indeed… the day after Newburyport was a ‘day off,’ but I must point out the a fifteen hour drive down I-95 does not really qualify as a ‘day off.’ Now before my pals make the obvious, ‘What are you whinin’ about,’ comment all I’m saying is, I’m just saying. I’m not driving, I can take sequential naps and we can watch TV the ‘bus way,’ which means that no show can ever be watched in its entirety thanks to the mobile transponder dish, weather and underpasses. OK… got that off my chest. Now I’m in a ritzy hotel in Knoxville and the air conditioner in the room doesn’t work.

Good times… onward.

Two nights ago we played to a sold out house in Carrboro, North Carolina… great night and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 35, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Arts Center
Carrboro, North Carolina

Monday, July 9, 2012

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Children of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Come Back Baby
8. The Terrible Operation
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Second Chances
3. Bread Line Blues
4. There’s a Bright Side Somewhere
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Red River Blues
8. Barbeque King
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Yesterday we had a moderately short drive to where we are here in Knoxville and last night we played to a more than enthusiastic audience at the Bijou Theater. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 36, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Bijou Theater
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. How Long Blues
4. Children Of Zion
5. The Terrible Operation with Tessa Mitterhoff
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Sea Child
9. Second Chances
10. 99 year Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Bread Line Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back Baby
6. Good Shepherd
7. Red River Blues
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep our Lamps Trimmed And Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

I think maintenance is coming by to fix the air conditioner… modern problems and always…

good times…

On to Asheville…

Newburyport And A ‘Day Off!’

July 9th, 2012 Jorma 13 comments

Night before last we were at the Performing Arts Center at the High School. Another great night when we got to play with Darol Anger. Here is our set List:

Hot Tuna 34, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Theater At Newburyport Highschool
Newburyport, Masachusetts
Saturday, July 7, 2012

1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. River Of Time
6. Bread Line Blues
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Barbeque King
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Sea Child
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Darol Anger
13. Vicksburg Stomp with Darol Anger
14. 99 Year Blues
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. Nine Pound Hammer
17. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More with Darol Anger

Yesterday we got on the road at 0600 and drove seven hundred some miles to Chapel Hill. Traffic… weather… the whole I-95 experience was ours… but we made it, and at home the power came back on. I’ll bet Vanessa and Izze were smiling. Tonight we’re at the Arts Center in Carrboro. Not much to report on these long travel days except that I am so grateful we’re able to do what we love… with that in mind, we’ll take the day ‘off.’

Onward…

Pickin’ At The Monkey

July 7th, 2012 Jorma 12 comments

Last night we were treated to playing a new venue… The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, new Hampshire. We loved this place and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 33, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Flying Monkey
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Friday, July 6, 2012

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Heart Temporary
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Sea Child
6. Red River Blues
7. Children Of Zion
8. Come Back Baby
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
2. More Than My Old Guitar
3. Vicksburg Stomp
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Been So Long
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Good Shepherd
10. Nine Pound Hammer
11. Encore: Water Song

Now we’re off to the Theater At Newburyport High School in Newburyport, Massachussetts.

Busy, busy…

Twangin’ With Darol

July 6th, 2012 Jorma 2 comments

Last night we were at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook, Maine with Darol Anger and Emy Phelps. We had a great time including a birthday message to my sister in law Robin. Happy birthday Robin. Anyway, here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 32, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Westbrook, Maine
Thursday, July 5, 2012

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Search My Heart
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances Right Down Here
5. Let Us Get Together
6. Full Go Round
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. I See The Light
9. Heart Temporary (whoops… didn’t play this one.)
10. Come Back Baby
11. Red River Blues
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy With Darol Anger
13. Vicksburg Stomp with Darol Anger
14. 99 Year Blues
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. Parchman Farm
17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
18. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More with Darol Anger

We’re going to be with Darol and Emy again at the Theater At Newburyport Highschool tomorrow and that will be another date to look forward to. Well, here’s another one to look forward to… the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, New Hampshire tonight. Be there… or be aquare.

Independence Day!

July 5th, 2012 Jorma 8 comments
The woods at old Old Orchard Beach

The woods at old Old Orchard Beach

We’ve had a couple of days off here in Portland, Maine and I’ve been able to spend some time with family which is great. I missed being home for Independence Day but so it goes. As a second generation American the thought of what I perceive makes this country great still moves me. A friend sent me this piece and although I don’t agree with all of it, it certainly is thought provoking and I do agree with much of it:

The Downside of Liberty

Joe Mortis
By KURT ANDERSEN
Published: July 3, 2012

THIS spring I was on a panel at the Woodstock Writers Festival. An audience member asked a question: Why had the revolution dreamed up in the late 1960s mostly been won on the social and cultural fronts — women’s rights, gay rights, black president, ecology, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — but lost in the economic realm, with old-school free-market ideas gaining traction all the time?
There was a long pause. People shrugged and sighed. I had an epiphany, which I offered, bumming out everybody in the room.

What has happened politically, economically, culturally and socially since the sea change of the late ’60s isn’t contradictory or incongruous. It’s all of a piece. For hippies and bohemians as for businesspeople and investors, extreme individualism has been triumphant. Selfishness won.

From the beginning, the American idea embodied a tension between radical individualism and the demands of the commonweal. The document we’re celebrating today says in its second line that axiomatic human rights include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — individualism in a nutshell. But the Declaration’s author was not a greed-is-good guy: “Self-love,” Jefferson wrote to a friend 38 years after the Declaration, “is no part of morality. Indeed it is exactly its counterpart. It is the sole antagonist of virtue leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others.”

Periodically Americans have gone overboard indulging our propensities to self-gratification — during the 1840s, during the Gilded Age, and again in the Roaring Twenties. Yet each time, thanks to economic crises and reassertions of moral disapproval, a rough equilibrium between individualism and the civic good was restored.

Consider America during the two decades after World War II. Stereotypically but also in fact, the conformist pressures of bourgeois social norms were powerful. To dress or speak or live life in unorthodox, extravagantly individualist ways required real gumption. Yet just as beatniks were rare and freakish, so were proudly money-mad Ayn Randian millionaires. My conservative Republican father thought marginal income tax rates of 91 percent were unfairly high, but he and his friends never dreamed of suggesting they be reduced below, say, 50 percent. Sex outside marriage was shameful, beards and divorce were outré — but so were boasting of one’s wealth and blaming unfortunates for their hard luck. When I was growing up in Omaha, rich people who could afford to build palatial houses did not and wouldn’t dream of paying themselves 200 or 400 times what they paid their employees. Greed as well as homosexuality was a love that dared not speak its name.

But then came the late 1960s, and over the next two decades American individualism was fully unleashed. A kind of tacit grand bargain was forged between the counterculture and the establishment, between the forever-young and the moneyed.

Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses. But capitalists in return would be unshackled as well, free to indulge their own animal spirits with fewer and fewer fetters in the forms of regulation, taxes or social opprobrium.

“Do your own thing” is not so different than “every man for himself.” If it feels good, do it, whether that means smoking weed and watching porn and never wearing a necktie, retiring at 50 with a six-figure public pension and refusing modest gun regulation, or moving your factories overseas and letting commercial banks become financial speculators. The self-absorbed “Me” Decade, having expanded during the ’80s and ’90s from personal life to encompass the political economy, will soon be the “Me” Half-Century.

People on the political right have blamed the late ’60s for what they loathe about contemporary life — anything-goes sexuality, cultural coarseness, multiculturalism. And people on the left buy into that, seeing only the ’60s legacies of freedom that they define as progress. But what the left and right respectively love and hate are mostly flip sides of the same libertarian coin minted around 1967. Thanks to the ’60s, we are all shamelessly selfish.

In that letter from 1814, Jefferson wrote that our tendencies toward selfishness where liberty and our pursuit of happiness lead us require “correctives which are supplied by education” and by “the moralist, the preacher, and legislator.”

On this Independence Day, I’m doing my small preacherly bit.

The calm before the storm that cancelled the fireworks and cruise

The calm before the storm that cancelled the fireworks and cruise

Yeah.. who knew.

Could help be on the way?

Could help be on the way?

OK… moving right along. Tonight we are at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center here in Maine. Come on down and say HI!

Caramoor To Bull Run

July 1st, 2012 Jorma 14 comments
The stage at the Venetian Theater

The stage at the Venetian Theater

Last night we were at the Venetian Theater and David Bromberg was there too. What a beautiful spot. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 29, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Venetian Theater At Caramoor
Katonah, New York
Saturday, June 30, 2012

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Search my Heart
3. Goodbye To The Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Full Go Round
8. Genesis
9. Bread Line Blues
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. I See The Light
13. Parchman Farm
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
15. How Long Blues with David Bromberg

You can't make this up... another stage shot

You can't make this up... another stage shot

The lighting folks were really on the money as you can see in these two pictures. Onward to Bull Run in Shilrley, Massachusetts.

Covered bridge in front of the gig

Covered bridge in front of the gig

Onward to the Bull Run Concert Series and two shows… three… and seven thirty… plus some great food. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 30, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Bull Run Concert Series
Shirley, Massachusetts
Sunday, July 1, 2012

First Show:
1. Been So Long
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Second Chances
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Time
7. Barbeque King
8. Children Of Zion
9. Come Back Baby
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Bread Line Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. Parchman Farm
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation blues
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. How Long Blues
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Living In The Moment
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. I See The Light
9. Red River Blues
10. Uncle Sam Blues
11. Vicksburg Stomp
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. True Religion
14. Re-Enlistment Blues
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

What a great two days of acoustic gigs. Tomorrow we head for Maine… and the Westbrook Performing Arts Center

Speaks for itself!

Speaks for itself!

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