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Dark Star Jubilee II, Seventeen Year Cicadas And Memorial Day

May 30th, 2016 Jorma 20 comments
Breakfast at Buckeye Lake

Breakfast at Buckeye Lake

Foto by Suzy Perler

Down to the Lakeside Diner in Buckeye Lake for breakfast… getting ready for an afternoon set at Legend Valley. It is Monday… Memorial day and the day after our little show yesterday… We had such a good time hanging with the Dark Star Folks and their pod of friends!

This was a great weekend for me and my Tuna pals…

It is also Memorial Day Weekend… As with many folks of my age, by Dad and his two brothers served in WWII. They are all gone now. Uncle Tarmo died in the service and we have his flag. Since we are still unpacking boxes here at the ‘new’ house, the flag has not yet re-emerged, but it will. Tarmo is in a military cemetery in LA and Dad and Uncle Pen rest next to Mom, Ida and Jaako in Inglewood. It is always a bittersweet day… hanging with the family, welcoming the coming summer and honoring those who passed in service of our great country. It ain’t all about barbeque and beer. Honor Memorial Day, I say!

With the transitory nature of life in mind, as the seventeen year cicadas fill my ears with their song, it occurs to me this may be the last time I hear them. I remember the first time I heard them when I was a kid back in D.C. I never thought there might be a time when the cicadas would outlast me, but so it goes.

What a modern guy!

What a modern guy!

Thornville, Ohio is so close to home… and what a great gig. We sure hope we get asked back net year.

Cotter, Jack And Jorma

Cotter, Jack And Jorma

Foto by Suzy Perler

And a big shout out and thanks to Cotter for helping us to sound so good!

Jack warms up onstage before our set

Jack warms up onstage before our set

Hot Tuna 8, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Darkstar Jubilee
Legend Valley
Thornville, Ohio
Sunday, May 29, 2016

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. In My Dreams
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
14. Serpent Of Dreams
15. Keep On Trucking Mama
16. Bar Room Crystal Ball
17. Water Song
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Genesis

Beautiful is as beautiful does!

Beautiful is as beautiful does!

Maverick and I say Honor Memorial Day!

Maverick and I say Honor Memorial Day!

Foto by Vanessa Lillian….

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Visiting Dark Star At Legend Valley

May 28th, 2016 Jorma 13 comments
Me on my new scoot

Me on my new scoot

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

That’s how my week started on Tuesday… New Bike! What’s not to like.

Got a couple of rides in and then it was time to pick Jack, Justin and Phil up at the airport and head to the Dark Star Jubilee… Could it get better?

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Weather beautiful… good friends abound!

Jack and Myron

Jack and Myron

They said it might rain… but it was holding off.

Me and the real Big Dog!

Me and the real Big Dog!

Foto by Suzy Perler

What a great Festival this is and what an honor to be here!

Yummy

Yummy

Hot Tuna 7, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Legend Valley
Thornville, Ohio

Saturday, May 28, 2016

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Sea Child
6. I See The Light
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Hesitation Blues
12. Can’t Get Satisfied
13. Funky # 7
14. Hit Single #1

That'll Never Happen No More

That'll Never Happen No More

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Confab on stage

Confab on stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After our set, the Dark Star folks graciously invited us to play White Rabbit with them…

Thanks y’all!

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

An Amazing Two Concert Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch!

May 23rd, 2016 Jorma 5 comments
Friday morning... Walking Maverick

Friday morning... Walking Maverick

The Fur Peace Ranch was a bee hive of activity this weekend with Happy Traum, Chris Smither, Tom Feldman and I as instructors as well as Tom Rush and Matt Nakoa.

Tom, Happy and I

Tom, Happy and I

Tom holds forth... loud and proud

Tom holds forth... loud and proud

Matt and Tom fraternize

Matt and Tom fraternize

Tom and Matt played a simply fantastic two set show… Come on back guys… anytime!

Rusty Smith... the Radio Big Dog!

Rusty Smith... the Radio Big Dog!

Rusty’s pack…

Addam Evans

Addam Evans

Adam Rich

Adam Rich

Thanks guys for all you do!

How time flies!

How time flies!

So that was Saturday’s show… Sunday, the hits just kept on coming!

Another morning out with the four footed Big Dog

Another morning out with the four footed Big Dog

I went on first on Sunday:

Jorma Kaukonen 20, 2016
Me… Happy Traum, &
Chris Smither
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Sunday, May 22, 2016

1. Heart Temporary
2. Too Many Years
3. Barbeque King
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. How Long Blues
6. San Francisco Bay Blues

Happy... pickin' and grinnin'

Happy... pickin' and grinnin'

Then Happy played an amazing set… as always… followed by Chris:

Chris warms up in the Sanctum Sanctorum

Chris warms up in the Sanctum Sanctorum

Chris brought down the house… as he always does… and then this morning, Tom Feldman gave an amazing concert on the porch of the Beatrice Love Kitchen.

The amazing Tom Feldman

The amazing Tom Feldman

From one end of the Mississippi to the other… you just can’t beat Tom Feldman!

Then it was time to start saying goodbye… always a bittersweet moment.

Happy, me and Chris...

Happy, me and Chris...

The boys… together again!

Shameless self promotion

Shameless self promotion

And then a time to say au revoir to all our friends here at the Ranch… and to remind ourselves how blessed we are… and that we are always sheltered by the wings of angels!

Thy will be done... always

Thy will be done... always

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The Bell Tolls, And The Reaper Reaps

May 17th, 2016 Jorma 21 comments
Any day is a good day for a ride!

Any day is a good day for a ride!

It has become so common of late to say, ‘At my age this,’ or ‘At my age that…’ Fact is, there really is no other way to say this and it’s true. Over the last year or so, I have lost many friends, some my age and some younger. At any age when you lose someone who is part of the story of your life, the Bell definitely tolls for us all.

That said, the Reaper is never without work and that’s just the way it is. When we talk about those who have left us, the response is almost always, ‘I’m sorry for our loss,’ and we appreciate that… but the loss is for us to absorb.

When one passes, the end is written to their story, there will never be a new chapter. All they have been is finished, and all they will be will never happen. Done.

Is it sad to see it thus?

It shouldn’t be, because that’s just the way it is. I was having brunch with Vanessa today when I heard that Guy Clark passed yesterday. I was saddened to hear this. Guy was a friend and I was such a huge admirer of his art. I knew that he had been unwell for a number of years and that his wife Susanna had preceded him. At what time does one prepare for that final journey? Hard to say since as a rule, it’s not our call when our ticket gets pulled.

It was an honor to have known Guy!

Today was raining but I had an appointment to take Vanessa’s Dyna into the Harley shop for servicing. ‘Take it tomorrow,’ she said. I thought, ‘If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’d rather go for a ride than spend a couple of hours at the Harley shop.’ Plus, every ride you don’t take is one less than you’re going to get a shot at in this life.

Why wait?

Every doggone minute folks… every doggone minute!

I’ve got a camp at the Fur Peace Ranch this weekend with Tom Feldmann, Chris Smither and Happy Traum, my beloved wife and kids are well and for me… well so far so good! I’m taking a deep breath and soldiering on.

As for Guy… fair wind and following seas brother, fair wind and following seas!

Good times can be simple sometime...

Good times can be simple sometime...

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Mother’s Day Weekend At The Ranch!

May 8th, 2016 Jorma 17 comments

First of all… Happy Mother’s Day to Vanessa, the mother in our house, and to all mother’s everywhere.

Today, Mother’s Day 2016, is 18 years to the day my Mom passed. I still miss you Mom… I still miss you, and I always will. I wish you could see who we’ve become, your grand kids, and what we’ve built.

I miss you Mom.

Now… a great weekend with David Wolff and Tom Feldman.Thanks fellas for one of the best!

Buffy and Me

Buffy and Me

Last night Buffy St.Marie came to the Fur Peace Station and gave a simply magnificent concert! I opened the show with this:

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2016
The Fur Peace Station
Opening For
Buffy St. Marie
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, May 7, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. In My Dreams
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Happy campers!

Happy campers!

This was a really good one!

A morning workshop tomorrow and then onwards…

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What A Day For A Ride

May 1st, 2016 Jorma 42 comments

Well, it’s been raining like we should think about building an ark. That said, there was a window of sun today and Vanessa lent me her Street Bob for a ride. Three great hours later… I’m back.

Really… good times!

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