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Notes On Floyd Fest And The Voyage To The Vineyard

July 30th, 2013 Jorma 20 comments

Well…After The Whitaker Center we bopped on down the the Fur Peace Ranch for a two set show after the Christmas In July extravaganza. Here is our set list from that night:

Hot Tuna 38, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, July 27, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Children Of Zion
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Candy Man
7. I See The Light
8. Barbeque King
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Let Us Get Together
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

As soon as we finished that show, we hopped on the bus and beat feet on down to Floyd, Virginia for our three sets at Floyd Fest.

Myron Hart tunes us up for our first show in Floyd

Myron Hart tunes us up for our first show in Floyd

We were winging this one… so there is no set list. We got there fifteen minutes before this set time and finished a half an hour before the next set at the Main Stage…

Hot Tuna 39, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd, Virginia
Sunday, July 28, 2013

1. Hesitation Blues
2. True Religion
3. Serpent of Dreams
4. Children Of Zion
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Red River Blues
9. Nine Pound Hammer
10. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The at 1530 it was off to the Streamline Stage @ Hill Holler for our electric show:

Hot Tuna 39, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Streamline Stage
@Hill Holler
Floyd Fest
Floyd, Virginia
Sunday, July 28, 2013

1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Corners Without Exits
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Mourning Interrupted
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Barry, Skoota, Jack and I getting ready to head our different ways.

Barry, Skoota, Jack and I getting ready to head our different ways.

After this set, it was back to the hotel in Roanoke, up at 0330 to head for the airport at 0445… fly to Atlanta, change planes, fly to Kennedy, change planes, airlines and terminals and than to Martha’s Vineyard for Barry, Myron and myself for a private party for the folks who wone the event on our Kickstarter Program. Tomorrow is that gig which I shall report on and then finally home on the First.

Good times…

Harrisburg And On To The Fur Peace Ranch

July 27th, 2013 Jorma 24 comments

Last night good old Hot Tunaplayed the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA and of course… we had a great time. It’s early in the AM and we’re leaving for Ohio and the Fur Peace Station. Check our Christmas in July crafts Faire as well as our Psylodelic Gallery. Good times!

Anyway, here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 37, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
The Whitaker Center
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 26, 2013

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. A Little Faster
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Second Chances
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Can’t Get Satisfied
9. Hesitation Blues
Second Set:
1. Corners Without Exits
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. I Know You Rider
4. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Mourning Interrupted
9. Funky # 7
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1

We’re outta here….

Christmas In July And Tuna At The Fur Peace Ranch In Ohio, Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 26th, 2013 Jorma 2 comments

The Fur Peace Ranch
Holiday Faire:
Christmas in July

After years of holding an art show during the winter holiday season, The Fur Peace Ranch, will hold The Fur Peace Ranch Holiday Faire: Christmas in July the last week of this month with local jewelers, potters, painters, and crafts-persons showing and selling their arts and crafts. The Psylodelic Gallery will be open and there will be several art projects including painting the VW Bug, making tie dye shirts, making hula hoops and more for kids and adults alike.

This special event will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013. The Faire is free and open to the public from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Psylodelic Gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Station Break Cafe will be open serving a variety of delicious foods. The evening performance with Hot Tuna is sold out.

The wonderful and creative vendors include:

Beth Abramovitz — Etched Jewelry Designs
Space Cadet Soaps
Virginia Sustarsic Photography
The Henna Faerie
Alpacas at Phoenix Hill
Wool Creations by Debbie
Michael West Artistic Woodworking

Rod’s Unique Concrete — leaf castings in concrete
Gemelli Contemporary Crafts — Handmade Jewelry
Tina’s Tiaras
Beth Nash – original art and paintings
Green Mantle Studio — ceramics
Rock Riffle Run Pottery
Heavenstone Wood Furnishings and more……

Win Big with Fur Peace Raffles!
The Fur Peace Ranch is offering you two (2) fabulous ways to win this summer!!

First prize for just $20 a ticket, you have a chance to win a weekend workshop at the Fur Peace Ranch (valued at $1375) The workshop may be transferred to another person as a gift certificate. The workshop prize is good for one(1) year and can be applied towards any FPR workshop in 2013 or 2014, including the FPR On The Road Weekend at the Dana.

Second prize is a framed Jefferson Airplane poster signed by Jorma and Jack. Poster promotes Jefferson Airplane performance at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA on August 12, 1969. The Who and BB King opened the performance. Lights by the Joshua Light Show.

Winners will be drawn at the Fur Peace Ranch after the Holiday Faire during the Hot Tuna performance on July 27, 2013.

To purchase tickets, go to the Fur Peace Ranch Store
Winners will be notified by email or phone.

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Rockin’ The Sherman In Stroudsburg

July 26th, 2013 Jorma 14 comments

Tonight we played the Sherman Theater in scenic downtown Stroudsburg and what a time it was! The audience was exuberant to say the least. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 36, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
The Sherman Theater
Stroudsbug, Pennsylvania
Thursday, July 25, 2013

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Corners Without Exits
6. 99 Year Blues
7. A Little Faster
8. I Wish You Would
Second Set:
1. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
2. Second Chances
3. Goodbye To The Blues
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bowlegged Woman
6. True Religion
7. Good Shepherd
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Tomorrow we are the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania… See y’all down the road!

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First Three Of The Summer Tour

July 23rd, 2013 Jorma 34 comments

The boys and I have been looking forward to this summer run for some time and so far it has exceeded our expectations. Life on the road is filled with quirks and pitfalls and this trip has proved to be no exception. It started out with the bus as we left the Fur Peace Ranch. The clutch on the engine fan was malfunctioning so the engine was overheating to a point where we couldn’t drive over mountains. When the temperature gets over 200 degrees Fahrenheit the engine gives you ten minutes before it shuts down. Good times. We took a circuitous route to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania where the bus lives. A ten hour drive, drop the bus at the shed and go a a local hotel.

Wellsboro Inn... the land time forgot

Wellsboro Inn... the land time forgot

We got there just in time for dinner, thank goodness. Good food. the rooms were smaller than a French motel but comfortable… no flat screen, CRT TV’s, but the American Spirit was alive and well in the lobby.

USofA in lights

USofA in lights

Up at 0400 and another ten hour drive to Skoota’s house to pick up his drums and straight to New Brunswick, New Jersey for our gig with Leon Russell at the State Theater. No rest for the wicked, but we had a great show. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 33, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
The State Theater
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Saturday, July 20, 2013

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Mama let Me Lay It On You
6. Second Chances
7. A Little Faster
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hesitation Blues
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Hit Single #1

The interior of the State...

The interior of the State...

And of course, it was an honor to play with Leon.

We always know there was more to Jack than met the eye...

We always know there was more to Jack than met the eye...

Next day bright and early, off to the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, LI.

We got to hang with the Infamous Stringduster as well as Jerry Douglas and his pals. How good does it have to get?

That's Jerry's hand... I don't know what Jack is doing...

That's Jerry's hand... I don't know what Jack is doing...

Here is our set List:

Hot Tuna 34, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Great South Bay Music Festival
Patchogue, LI
New York
Sunday, July 21, 2013

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. A Little Faster
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. True Religion
6. Second Chances
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit single #1
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Mourning Interrupted
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

The Flatt And Scruggs show with Jerry Douglas and his pals

The Flatt And Scruggs show with Jerry Douglas and his pals

Then it was off to Ocean City, New Jersey and the Ocean City Music Pier.

Just like when I was a kid

Just like when I was a kid

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our first two set night of this run. Good to get back in the saddle, so to speak. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 35, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Ocean Music Pier Boardwalk
Ocean City, New Jersey
Monday, July 22, 2013

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Hesitation Blues
6. True Religion
7. I Wish You Would
8. A Little Faster
9. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Corners Without Exits
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Children Of Zion
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bowlegged Woman
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Mama Let me Lay it On You
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1

What a backstage!

What a backstage!

Now we’re heading to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvanial where we have a day off. We’ll be playing at the Sherman Theater on July 25th.

OK… now I’m up to date… sort of!

Last Sunday’s Gig… New Guitar And Off To NJ

July 18th, 2013 Jorma 32 comments
I meet my new guitar, backstage in Santa Cruz last Saturday

I meet my new guitar, backstage in Santa Cruz last Saturday

Yep… here’s my new Robert Lee guitar… what a beauty. After I play it on stage this weekend, I’ll write more about it and list Robert’s sundry websites. In the meantime… here’s the set list from the sold out show last Sunday up at the Mendocino Music Fair:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 20, 2013
Mendocino Music Festival
Mendocino, California
Saturday, July 13, 2013

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Children Of Zion
4. How Long Blues
5. Red River Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Living In the Moment
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Come Back Baby
8. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
9. Good Shepherd
10. River Of Time
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Nine Pound Hammer

This was an absolutely wonderful night…

Now, tomorrow, the bus leaves at Zero Dark Thirty for New Jersey, where, more will surely be revealed.

If looks could talk...

If looks could talk...

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Rio And KPIG

July 14th, 2013 Jorma 38 comments

Yesterday Barry Mitterhoff and I (after traveling 15 hours the day before) drove from San Francisco to Watsonville to to a live spot on KPIG the legendary public station. We played a couple of songs and then drove back up the coast to Santa Cruz for our gig at the Rio Theater. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 19, 2013
The Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California
Saturday, July 13, 2013

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Come Back Baby
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Barbeque King
13. I See The Light
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Am the Light Of This World
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

My good friend Robert Lee, a fine luthier and dear old friend has just finished making the first Jorma Kaukonen model electric guitar. I took delivery yesterday and this beauty will be making its debut on the upcoming Hot Tuna Summer Electric Tour. When I get home tomorrow, I’ll upload some pictures.

Good times… always good times.

On to Mendocino and the Mendocino Music Festival!

A Little Family Time And Another Gig… Johnathan’s

July 11th, 2013 Jorma 34 comments

First of all… there have been questions about the lovely rose on the entry about the Psylodelic Museum opening. It is a real rose. The folks who make them inject some sort of dye into the stem while they are growing. It’s really pretty cool. I didn’t buy that rose so although I know it’s grown locally I don’t know who does it. Onward…

Heading down to the beach in Old Orchard

Heading down to the beach in Old Orchard

My time here at the beach house has been in and around gigs, but it’s been delightful nonetheless. Since I’ve been in Maine, it’s been raining and very temperate with a few moments of sun… still and all, it is a summer house on the beach.

The ladies on a beach quest

The ladies on a beach quest

There have been times for walks and it is lovely! Of course, there was a trip to the amusement park ‘downtown.’

Barry and Jorma at the amusement park... Skeeball anyone?

Barry and Jorma at the amusement park... Skeeball anyone?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then, there was a trip to:

Miniature golf...

Miniature golf...

OK. There was a pack of us at the golf course.

Move over Tiger

Move over Tiger

A demanding course, but we did endeavor to persevere!

The Cone Of Shame

The Cone Of Shame

Then… last night, there was a gig at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 18, 2013
Jonathan’s Restaurant
Ogunquit, Maine
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Children of Zion
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Second Chances
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Full Go Round
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. I’ll Be All Right Same Day
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. Barbeque King
9. Good Shepherd
10. 99 Year Blues
11. River Of Time
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

A lovely show indeed.

This morning there was a moment of sunshine this morning before the rain came back.

Brothers and sister on the beach

Brothers and sister on the beach

Strangely warm even with the impending rain.

Surf's up... sort of...

Surf's up... sort of...

Not much of a wave, but it’s still summer at the beach.

Breathe deep...

Breath deep...

Tomorrow, the players head out to California for our gig at the Rio Theater on Saturday and then on Sunday up to the Mendocino Music Festiva in Mendocino and then back to Ohio on Monday morning.

Yow… we’re working here…l

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Two Gigs And A Day Off In Maine

July 9th, 2013 Jorma 19 comments
The Boys... Old School

The Boys... Old School

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well… Saturday Electric Tuna aided by Abe Fogle sitting in on drums for Skoota Warner who was elsewhere in the world that day, (what a sentence) played a wonderful but secret private party in a scenic undisclosed location in Croton On Hudson.

The floating rockwall and trampoline at the party

The floating rockwall and trampoline at the party

It was a great day of fellowship and music and what a neighborhood party.

Music hath charms...

Music hath charms...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 32, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Abe Fogle
The Secret Party
New York
Saturday, July 6, 2013

1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. A Little Faster
5. Second Chances
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Hesitation Blues
10. Mourning Interrupted
11. If This Is Love I Want My Money Back
12. Funky # 7

Then for Jorma and Barry it was off to Cape Cod and Truro.

Backstage at the Performing Arts Center (Tent)

Backstage at the Performing Arts Center (Tent)

Myron sets the stage at the Center

Myron sets the stage at the Center

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 17, 2013
Pavomet Performing Arts Center
Truro, Massachusetts
Sunday, July 7, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
5. Second Chances
6. Come Back Baby
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. Living In The Moment
11. I Know You Rider

Second Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. I See The Light
3. River Of Time
4. True Religion
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am the Light Of This World
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

A great show in a magical place!

The view from the breakfast joint in Newburyport

The view from the breakfast joint in Newburyport

Well… a delightful brakfast in Newburyport and then off to Saco, Maine for a day or two on the beach with Izze and Vanessa.

More anon…

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Happy Birthday America

July 4th, 2013 Jorma 7 comments

Yep… it’s the Fourth Of July again and it’s about more than fireworks and food, although that’s a big part of it. Last night Vanessa and Izze and I joined some dear friends for dinner up over at the Lake Hope Lodge. A beautiful spot, and great dinner and fine fellowship. Afterwards we took the back roads to get to Athens where we watched the fireworks over the Hocking River. Just parked by the side of the road and looked up. Good times. Today, we celebrated the Fourth with family. We hit the bike path with Izze and her best friend Lucy and the girls rode over ten miles.

The girls rest while their steeds await their next command

The girls rest while their steeds await their next command

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It rained a little but what’s a little rain when you’re on an adventure? All things considered, it couldn’t have been a nicer day fora a birthday!

G_d shed his grace on thee… and all of us.

Happy Birthday America!

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