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Norwalk, A Wakeup And Home

June 24th, 2013 Jorma 14 comments

Well here it is Monday afternoon and I’m just trying to wrap up the tour for the blog. Suffice it to say a good time was had by all… all the time. Saturday night, we played Norwalk which turned out to be a swell little gig. You could feel the heart of America here in the way that they honored their Veterans, and so I include some great pictures from the hall.

Heroes all...

Heroes all...

I had recently visited Arlington National Cemetery and I found this quite moving as well.

Two Medal Of Honor Holder...

Two Medal Of Honor Holder...

You don’t see this every day.

On the left... Mort Walker

On the left... Mort Walker

Those of us of a certain age, will surely remember Mort Walker’s creation, Beetle Bailey.

Always

Always

Where the heart is

Where the heart is

Indeed

Indeed

From the kids!

From the kids!

Working with jill Sobule on this tour has been more than fun. We love this lady and hope to do it again… soon!

Here is our set list from Saturday night:

Hot Tuna 31, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Norwalk Concert Hall
Norwalk, Connecticut
Saturday, June 22, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Prohibition Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
9. 99 Year Blues
10. River Of Time
11. More Than My Old Guitar
12. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
13. Good Shepherd
14. Goodbye To The Blues
15. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
16. Nine Pound Hammer
17. Encore: Where Is Bobby Gentry with Jill Sobule

That’s about it for now… It’s great to be home for sure as much as I like the road.

Last view of the bus until next time

Last view of the bus until next time

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Cooking At The Egg

June 22nd, 2013 Jorma 12 comments

By The Time We Got To Woodstock…

June 21st, 2013 Jorma 20 comments
Outside of Tilly's in Monticello

Outside of Tilly's in Monticello

Jack and I are poised in front of Tilly’s Diner in Monticello… a good breakfast and cheap.

Phil and Jack ponder the bill of fare....

Phil and Jack ponder the bill of fare....

I realize now with the presence of the classic Hamilton-Beech milkshake doodad, I should have had one. Next trip.

Ceilings at Tilly's

Ceilings at Tilly's

What an Americana way to start the day.

Lawrence Of Monticello... Five Pillars Of Wisdon

Lawrence Of Monticello... Five Pillars Of Wisdon

Then is was time to head on over to Bethel… What a great job they’ve done with this Venue.

Then... and now

Then... and now

I mean really… who knew? I know that the festival was and is an iconic moment of our time, but think of this. It was the Spring Break trip of all time!

Then and now with Duke

Then and now with Duke

Jack, Duke and I by the big stone

Jack, Duke and I by the big stone

The Venue where we played

The Venue where we played

Now, while we were up in Bethel at the gig, Barry Mitterhoff was proudly watching his eldest daughter Tessa, graduate from high school. Congratulations Tessa! Welcome to our world and glad to have you….

Now here is our set list sans the proud papa::

Hot Tuna 29, 2013
The Original Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Bethel, New York
Thursday, June 20, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. I See The Light
7. I’ll Be All Right Someday
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Living IN The Moment
10. Candy Man
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Water Song
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
15. Barbeque King
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Where Is Bobby Gentry with Jill Sobule

Above our heads at the venue...

Above our heads at the venue...

This was a grand gig on so many levels… I can’t wait for the next time here in Bethel.

Perfection as Yasgur's Farm

Perfection as Yasgur's Farm

On to Albany…

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Two Days In Somerville, Mass.

June 19th, 2013 Jorma 26 comments
Buddy's Diner, Somerville

Buddy's Diner, Somerville

Yesterday we hit Buddy’s for Breakfast. I’m a huge fan of Diner Americana so I’m going to post a bunch of pics from yesterday’s breakfast.

The carte for the day

The carte for the day

The ole picker eats breakfast

The ole picker eats breakfast

foto by Phil Jacobs

Biker buddys from Montana at Buddy's.

Biker buddys from Montana at Buddy's.

The plaque

The plaque

This is the place

This is the place

OK… I’m going to finish this entry and hit Buddy’s for breakfast before we head out to Bethel.

Last night at the Somerville Theater, we had a blast as we always do here.

Somerville Theater interior

Somerville Theater interior

Ceilings... I'm painting ceilings....

Ceilings... I'm painting ceilings....

Ah... the glory that was Rome

Ah... the glory that was Rome

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 28, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Somerville Theater
Somerville, Mass.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. How Long Blues
9. Izze’s Lullaby
10. 99 Year Blues
11. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
12. Come Back Baby
13. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
14. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Where Is Bobby Gentry with Jill Sobule

We’ve been touring with Jill Sobule and last night we dragged her up for our encore… well… we didn’t have to drag too far. Thanks Jill.

On to Buddy’s and then Bethel.

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A Time For Bob To Rest

June 18th, 2013 Jorma 8 comments
This one's for you Bob

This one's for you Bob

My friend Bob Abrams passed away a day or so ago and I offered this letter in his memory”

Dear Bob:

Jorma Kaukonen here. I know it’s been a couple of years since we talked and now of course, it’s too late for you to pick up the phone. My fault as always. I have always thought of you fondly over the years. We go back a long way. I remember meeting you at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA before you moved to California. Seems like a lifetime ago, and if course, it is. You were always a mensch and your family and friends have been so lucky to have had you as long as they/we did. May you rest in peace and as Rev. Gary Davis would say, ‘May you play in that heavenly band.’ Now I know that you and I are both Jewish. That said, I am going to recommend a Vince Gill song in your honor. Yes, I know there is a lot of Jesus in the song, but for me it is a message of devotion and honor. The song is ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain.”

You deserve the rest my friend.

Fair wind and following seas brother!

Jorma

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Second Day At Clearwater

June 16th, 2013 Jorma 10 comments
The Sloop Clearwater from the stage...

The Sloop Clearwater from the stage...

Today we were joined on stage at the Clearwater Festival by Steve Kimock, Larry Campbell and Tessa Mitterhoff. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 27, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Clearwater Festival
Croton On Hudson
New York
Sunday, June 16, 2013

1. Been So Long with Steve Kimock
2. River Of Time with Steve Kimock
3. I See The Light with Steve Kimock
4. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
5. Children Of Zion with Steve and Tessa
6. The Terrible Operation with Steve and Tessa
7. Five Minutes with Steve Kimock
8. I’ll Be All right Someday with Steve Kimock and Larry Campbell
9. Keep On Truckin’ Mama with Steve Kimock and Larry Campbell
10. Nine Pound Hammer with Steve Kimock and Larry Campbell

Jack, Teresa Williams, Larry Cambell and Me

Jack, Teresa Williams, Larry Cambell and Me

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was a distinct honor to be a this marvelous festival again!

Me and Steve Kimock

Me and Steve Kimock

Foto by Jen Kimock

Yeah, this was a really good one. Good times indeed…

Onward to Boston…

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First Day At Clearwater

June 16th, 2013 Jorma 10 comments
Fur Peace Ranch booth at the Clearwater Festival

Fur Peace Ranch booth at the Clearwater Festival

Our pals from Athens, Ohio Aly and Sarah man the Fur Peace Ranch Booth at Clearwater. Thanks ladies…

Yesterday at Clearwater was an absolutely stunning day… perfect in every way. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 26, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Clearwater Festival
Croton On Hudson
New York
Saturday, June 15, 2013

1. Children Of Zion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Candy Man
6. 99 Year Blues
7. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

Today we’re back at the Festival and we’ll be joined by the wondrous Steve Kimock about which more shall be written later.

Me and the boys at the Rainbow Stage

Me and the boys at the Rainbow Stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Onward…

From Alexandria To Glenside

June 15th, 2013 Jorma 8 comments

Two nights ago we played at one of our favorite gigs… the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 24, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Thursday, June 13, 1203

1. Too Many Years
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Barbeque King
10. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
11. The Terrible Operation
12. Good Shepherd
13. True Religion
14. Goodbye To The Blues
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

The mighty Keswick

The mighty Keswick

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And as if that weren’t enough fun… it was off to Glenside, PA… to the Keswick. It’s been a while since we’ve been at the Keswick and I’ve missed it. Good times.

Hot Tuna 25, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Keswick
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Friday, June 14, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Second Chances
3. Children Of Zion
4. I See the Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. More Than My Old Guitar
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. Barbeque King
9. Candy Man
10. Goodbye To The Blues
11. True Religion
12. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
13. Good Shepherd
14. Third Week In The Chelsea
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Encore: Water Song

What a great night…

Now we’re off to Croton On Hudson for Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival. We’ll be there today and tomorrow.

More will be revealed.

Annapolis and the D.C. Metro Area

June 13th, 2013 Jorma 11 comments
The boys in front of the Ram's Head... Annapolis

The boys in front of the Ram's Head... Annapolis

Night before last the boys and I were at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis. We were joined by our good friend Jill Sobule who has been knocking the crowd dead every night! What’s not to like about Jill? Anyway, here is Hot Tuna’s set list from that halcyon night:

Hot Tuna 23, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Ram’s Head
Annapolis, Maryland
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

1. Too Many Years
2. Heart Temporary
3. I See The Light
4. Children Of Zion
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. More Than My Old Guitar
8. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
9. The Terrible Operation
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. Second Chances
12. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Genesis

Good times.

Yesterday I had my son’s first car for the day. (Lincoln Town Car… that’s my boy) Barry and I drove over to Arlington National Cemetery.

Honor and memory

Honor and memory

My Mom brought me here when I was a very young kid and I have been paying my respects ever since. Powerful moment…

Duty

Duty

Not much more need be said.

Birchmere tonight…

PS Yesterday was my mother Beatrice’s 103rd birthday… may she rest in peace.

Miss you Mom…

Four For The Road

June 10th, 2013 Jorma 20 comments

OK… let’s get to it. It’s been a hectic four days… play, travel, play, travel… you know the drill. Anyway…

We arrived in Durham... a city of old...

We arrived in Durham... a city of old...

And new! These things rock!

And new! These things rock!

The Carolina Theater is quite the beautiful venue. what a classy joint.

The boys get ready for the show in Durham with new Tuna Hats.

The boys get ready for the show in Durham with new Tuna Hats.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

foto by Phil Jacobs

foto by Phil Jacobs

We love this place! Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 19, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Carolina Theater Of Durham
Durham, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 6, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Heart Temporary
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. I See The Light
8. Barbeque King
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. Goodbye To The Blues
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Living In The Moment
13. Good Shepherd
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Water Song

The view from the stage in Durham

The view from the stage in Durham

Early the next day we rocked on down to one of our favorite venues in Atlanta… the Variety in Little five Points. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 20, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Variety Theater
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, June 7, 2013

1. Too Many Years
2. Been So Long
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Second Chances
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. The Terrible Operation
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Good Shepherd
11. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
12. 99 Year Blues
13. Barbeque King
14. Nine Pound Hammer
15. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

The it was off to the Pisgah brewery in Black Mountain, NC.

The Black Mountain area is beautiful

The Black Mountain area is beautiful

Me and Keller Williams

Me and Keller Williams

Here is our set list from Pisgah:

Hot Tuna 21, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Pisgah Brewing Company
Black Mountain, North Carolina
June 8, 2013

1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Children of Zion
6. Come Back Baby
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Candy Man
11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. I Know You Rider
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Tuna in Black Mountain

Tuna in Black Mountain

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then off to Charlottesville where it is 0116 as I write this gem.

View from the stage at the Jefferson Theater

View from the stage at the Jefferson Theater

We love this gig too! Great sound! Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 22, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Jefferson Theater
Charlottesville, Virginia
June 9, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. Hesitation Blues
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. Children Of Zion
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Come Back Baby
9. Goodbye To the Blues
10. Prohibition Blues
11. Good Shepherd
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. 99 Year Blues
14. Nine Pound Hammer
15. Encore: Water Song

May the Schwartz be with you... selling the new Tuna hats

May the Schwartz be with you... selling the new Tuna hats

foto by Jack Casady

OK… I’m sleepy. tomorrow’s another day. Good times!