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Halloween & A Walk In The Woods…

October 31st, 2016 Jorma 16 comments
This is real archery... not Halloween costumes...

This is real archery... not Halloween costumes...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Before the Trick Or Treating in town… I took some time to be Izze’s arrow bearer.

Izze sends another one down range

Izze sends another one down range

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Izze is an instinct shooter… no sight yet on that compound bow… but she really gets it done!

Nobody in the Station today as another arrow wings its say down range

Nobody in the Station today as another arrow wings its say down range

This girl can really shoot…

Yeah buddy!

Yeah buddy!

The sound of those arrow impacting the target make a really satisfying crack! Good times!

Then it was time for our vampire to head into town for some Trick or Treating.

Our very own vampire...

Our very own vampire...

Yeah, this girl researched movie makeup and did a great job!

Got any Tootsie Rolls for Dad?

Got any Tootsie Rolls for Dad?

Halloween on the East Side of Athens is always fun and we’ve done it every year for the better part of a decade.

Boo

Boo

Also over the weekend I spent some time in the woods looking at White Oaks we’re going to selective timber.

The October sun sets over our woods

The October sun sets over our woods

Yeah, we’re going to take some Oak trees down and make room for new ones… make some nice hiking trails at the same time. I love this piece of land!

Hard to beat a late Fall sky

Hard to beat a late Fall sky

Yeah, it’s been a great weekend. Time to string a guitar and practice a little before watching the second season of The Strain.

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Rev. Gary Davis’ Spirit Goes On… Free & Powerful

October 26th, 2016 Jorma 22 comments

Fall was certainly wrapping itself around us as we moved into the Rev. Gary Davis Weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch.

The Fall road behind my little studio

The Fall road behind my little studio

On this glorious weekend the Wonderful Woody Mann came to teach and to amaze and enthrall us on Saturday night at the Fur Peace Station with the Empire Roots Band.

Seth Farber came to join Woody, and played the Birman’s old 1913 Chickering baby grand.

Seth at the Chickering

Seth at the Chickering

Also on stage was Bill Sims Jr. Even though with the band, Bill sang and played guitar… he sat down at the grand also.

Bill Sims Jr. at the Chickering...

Bill Sims Jr. at the Chickering...

The music… touching and powerful!

The men, with Brian Glassman on bass

The men, with Brian Glassman on bass

Brian Glassman played upright bass… awesome, in every respect!

Seth, Bill and Woody... Brian in the background

Seth, Bill and Woody... Brian in the background

A fantastic measure of sound, passion and tradition!

Brian, Bill, Jorma, Woody and Seth

Brian, Bill, Jorma, Woody and Seth

These aren’t the only moments that uplift my soul… but they’re a big part.

Then before we knew it… Sunday came, Student Performance… pictures…

The gang...

The gang...

Big thanks to Roy Book Binder and Tom Feldmann for helping to make this weekend possible.

I would like to think that Rev. Davis would have enjoyed this little tribute to his memory!

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Only The Strong Survive…Return From Disney World

October 17th, 2016 Jorma 52 comments
In laws, nephews and kids

In laws, nephews and kids

So Izze by virtue of her hard work and skipping a grade earned her trip to Disney World… and off we went.
Our daughter Izze has worked so hard in school. At 10 years of age she is already halfway through 6th grade and is at the top of her class. That’s a far cry from where I was when I was in school. Anyway, this kid has worked her tail off and the complaining factor was really low! She definitely deserved a reward and when asked what she would like to do, ‘Go to Disney World!’ was the answer. Now I have to say, that wouldn’t have been my first choice, but then it wasn’t my choice to make. OK Sweetie… we’re going to Disney World.

Izze made all the arrangements herself (with Mom in the shadows over her shoulder, of course) We would stay in the resort at Animal Kingdom and our itinerary would include, Animal Kingdom, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Springs. We got Vanessa’s sister Ginger and her son Montana on board for the trip and we got ready for a Family Vacation!

We flew to Orlando on Thursday last, checked into the Lodge at Animal Kingdom and headed over to the park.

The tree of life had a whole Avatar vibe going for it. Here's the kiddo...

The tree of life had a whole Avatar vibe going for it. Here's the kiddo...

Some great animals in what seemed to be a very animal friendly habitat.

White Rhinos have the right of way!

White Rhinos have the right of way!

Return from Serengeti

Return from Serengeti

We caught the rides we wanted and got into Tiffin in time for an absolutely delicious dinner. Back at the hotel it probably seemed later than it was and the whole gang hit the sack.

The kids at the castle

The kids at the castle

I'm at Disney World... where next...

I'm at Disney World... where next...

On Friday back on the bus and off to the Magic Kingdom. I have to say, I really enjoyed the whole thing more than I thought I would. Actually, I enjoyed it a lot… and there’s nothing like to sight of pure joy on kid’s face! Well, I got to ride Space Mountain too!

After Space Mountain... kind of blue

After Space Mountain... kind of blue

After a full day at Magic, we got back to our room in time to turn on the TV and see Vanessa and Izze’s face right there in the front row of the Grammy Music Legends Special on PBS. Wow… nice timing. Now I had my DVR set to record the thing at home, but it was nice to catch some of it down in Disney World.

Now I never got in the game for awards… it just never occurred to me. It has always been the love of the music that has sustained me through good times and bad! That said, to get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammies… is, well… quite the honor indeed. We are in good company, and for Vanessa and Izze and myself to be able to sit in the front row at a Grammy event… well, priceless!

Grace, me and Izze... front row at the Nokia

Grace, me and Izze... front row at the Nokia

Saturday was our last full day at Disney World and we made the most of it. At Epcot I pulled 2 and a half G’s on a mission to Mars directed by Gary Sinise. Mission accomplished. Nice work team.

Spaceship earth

Spaceship earth

The tech involved in the rides at Disney is unbelievable… it’s a class act, and a complete blast!

Spaceport... next stop Mars

Spaceport... next stop Mars

Ready for the Mars rocket

Ready for the Mars rocket

Selfie at Disney Springs

Selfie at Disney Springs

After recovering from the Mars Mission, we went to Disney Springs for a little shopping and another delicious dinner. Then back to the lodge at Animal Kingdom and a night dip in the pool then to bed for an early trip to the airport yesterday morning and a long but trouble free trip home.

I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew that Izze really wanted to go… but I loved it too! Now we’re back in our own little animal kingdom. Gotta go to the kennel to pick Maverick up.

Good trip, but always great to be home. This weekend at the FPR is Rev. Gary Davis weekend with Tom Feldmann and myself, Woody Mann and Roy Book Binder.

Life certainly has been full and good of late!

The Weekend That Was

October 10th, 2016 Jorma 68 comments

When I got back from the last little run, Fall was making its presence felt here in Southeast Ohio. Every time we sit down to eat I get to listen to Dad’s old radio and have Mom and Dad’s travel poster from the 30’s watch over me.

Mom and Dad's old poster... Dad's radio... nice memories at breakfast

Mom and Dad's old poster... Dad's radio... nice memories at breakfast

Pumpkins as of yet uncarved… it’s coming though!

Boo

Boo

Last Friday Vanessa and Izze and Ginger And Montana and I went up to the Ridges, where they had October hayrides around the grounds of the old insane asylum.

Some say it's haunted...

Some say it's haunted...

Such an interesting history… This asylum was still in use in the 70’s and it was built right after the Civil War.

Amazing

Amazing

We were riding around in an Amish horse drawn wagon… perfect in itself.

Vultures atop the ol power plant

Vultures atop the ol power plant

Whoah big fella!

Whoah big fella!

The girls stopped to take a look at the old cemetery.

We've all got to end up somewhere...

We've all got to end up somewhere...

Wait for the wagon... we'll all take a ride!

Wait for the wagon... we'll all take a ride!

Noble steed

Noble steed

Good times in the country

Good times in the country

Then as Saturday rolled around, my dear friends Marty And Jerry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows.

Dancing to Unchained Melody

Dancing to Unchained Melody

This is good stuff… you don’t hear about a lot of 50th anniversaries these days. Love these guys!

Then in the evening, Loudon Wainright III came to the Fur Peace Station and, as always, gave a marvelous performance!

Just before the concert...

Just before the concert...

Loudon Sat down at Joe Berman’s old 1913 Chickering.

Loudon at the baby grand...

Loudon at the baby grand...

Loudon was marvelous, as always.

On Sunday, Vanessa and Izze and I sent to the Carpenter Inn to help celebrate Children’s Roshashana.

Izze contemplates a career as a baby sitter at the Inn.

Izze contemplates a career as a baby sitter at the Inn.

Carol and I played music for the service… my pleasure.

At home Izze sat down at the Yamaha and played ‘A Part Of Your World.’ Brought tears to my eyes!

I love this! Mom's Zubeida Aga painting looks on.

I love this! Mom's Zubeida Aga painting looks on.

Wonderful as Fall moves on!

Fall in the country.

Fall in the country.

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NYC, Fordham And The Beacon

October 7th, 2016 Jorma 46 comments
One of the remaining great radio stations!

One of the remaining great radio stations!

I left San Francisco on Monday… next stop NYC. Tuesday, up to Fordham for WFUV with John Platt.

Me and John Platt

Me and John Platt

John invited me up to the campus to tape a radio show for WFUV. We chewed the fat for a while and I played several songs… then back down to the 70’s and dinner at Serafina. Michael Falzarano joined Myron and myself for a delicious dinner!

Walking around the neighborhood, around the corner from Amsterdam in 76th, was the building where Joe Zinman, Jos Davidson and myself roomed in 1960 when I had an Antioch Co-Op job at the Rusk Institute For Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at 400 E. 34th St.

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel… the three of us lived in a two room apartment. Good times!

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

I worked as an attendant at the hospital during the day. I got $80.00 a week before taxes. This was a seminal moment in my life. On my own, paying my own bills and playing guitar in the Village non stop. My first ‘public’ guitar moment in NYC was at Gerde’s Folk City at a Hootenanny run by Brother John Sellers. What a time.

Fast forward to the present, and around the corner from the old Lincoln Square was this:

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Beacon Theater is such an amazing place.

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

I got a chance to play an hour set before Tedeschi/Trucks… the sound was awesome an the audience wonderful!

Jorma Kaukonen 29, 2016
At The Beacon Theater
With Tedeschi/Trucks
New York City, New York
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Dime For Beer
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Sleep Song
6. Good Shepherd
7. Come Back Baby
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Then I got together with Derek to go over Let’s Go Get Stoned and Rollin’ And Tumblin’ for their encore.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Foto by Myron Hart

What an amazing couple of days, and what a great night!

Into the light...

Into the light...

I’d like to walk into this light as long as possible!

That said, it’s great to be home!

Pho Peace Wednesday

October 5th, 2016 Jorma 16 comments

http://www.athensnews.com/culture/arts_and_entertainment/caf-at-fur-peace-features-jorma-s-favorite/article_388d9e3e-88c9-11e6-9e2c-c38d9f7f0083.html

Yeah folks, in NYC today to sit in with Susan and Derek but at home it’s Pho Peace Wednesday. Click the link above or read the article here. Who would have thought… Pho in Meigs County?

Me that’s who… and some of the best Pho you’re gonna find.

Stop on by, Wednesday or Thursday, 1100 to 1500.

Yummy!!!

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A restaurant with a unique cuisine has opened at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County, and the food just happens to be Kaukonen’s favorite.

Jorma Kaukonen’s Pho Peace Restaurant is now operating in the ranch’s Beatrice Love Kitchen on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlike the Kitchen’s regular diners, who are Fur Peace guitar camp attendants or event ticket holders, the restaurant is open to the public.

So what is pho? Pronounced “fuh,” it’s a Vietnamese soup that usually consists of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat, usually either beef or chicken. It’s served with a side of bean sprouts, basil and often a hot pepper that can be added into the soup.

Vanessa Kaukonen, Jorma’s wife who is owner and CEO of the operation, confirmed that pho is her husband’s favorite food. He seeks out different restaurants serving pho in every major city where he tours.

One of his favorite pho restaurants is a place in Arlington, Virginia, called Pho Golden Cow. After he took Vanessa to the restaurant to dine last May, she came up with the idea of opening their own pho restaurant.

They brought home a menu from Pho Golden Cow for their kitchen’s chef, Justin Berry, to read and use to develop his own take on the soup. Vanessa said that Berry’s pho blew her and Jorma away with its taste.

For Vanessa and many other folks who appreciate good pho, the broth’s taste is what makes the soup.

“I’d put my pho up against any big-city pho restaurant,” she said.

The menu is simple, offering authentic beef and chicken pho dishes, a vegetarian pho served with tofu meatballs, pickled vegetables, ice chai tea and a smoothie bar.

The restaurant uses local ingredients, such as Dexter Run meatballs and King Family chicken, to make the dishes. Vanessa said the restaurant provides a “delicious, healthy, local and fresh meal” for its patrons.

Vanessa said that for years she wanted to open a restaurant, but with the management of the ranch she didn’t have time to commit to a full seven-day schedule. After eating at Pho Golden Cow, she said she began thinking about how the restaurant could work.

The two-day, limited hours of the restaurant work around the guitar-camp schedule. Vanessa said that most people aren’t going to drive 15-20 minutes outside of Athens for dinner, which is why the restaurant isn’t open later. Yet, considering how crowded Athens gets during the school year around lunch time, the restaurant’s short distance and quick service works well for Athens-area-based patrons on their lunch break.

Customers can also rent the entire restaurant out for parties up to 30 people who can pay per bowl of pho.

The restaurant’s location provides a setting for customers to enjoy the country scenery along with the meal, Vanessa said. They also can check out the grounds of the Fur Peace Ranch and the Psylodelic Gallery, an art gallery that is currently featuring the work of the late Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead leader and member of the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame.

Customers might also get a chance to dine with Vanessa’s famous musician husband, Jorma, also a member of the Hall of Fame by virtue of his work with the Jefferson Airplane.

Vanessa Kaukonen said she couldn’t do anything without her staff. “My staff makes me shine, no doubt about it,” she said.

The Fur Peace Ranch is located at 39495 St. Clair Road. The mailing address is Pomeroy, though the ranch is actually several miles northwest of that Meigs County town, off of U.S. Rt. 33 East from Athens.

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Six Days On The River Of Time

October 4th, 2016 Jorma 9 comments
A beautiful Fall Day at the Ranch

A beautiful Fall Day at the Ranch

Last Wednesday as Myron and I were getting our gear together for the West Coast trip, we paused to get some delicious Pho at the Beatrice Love Kitchen here at the Ranch.

Right here in Meigs County

Right here in Meigs County

This is what I’m talking about… every ingredient local… our Chef… peerless!

Members of the Clean Plate Club

Members of the Clean Plate Club

Then we loaded up and headed to the Airport in Columbus en route to San Francisco.

In S.F., I was hungry again. A man’s gotta eat, right? so after checking into the Kabuki Hotel I wandered up Buchanan St. to Pai and Ray’s amazing Thai Restaurant, Jitlada. If you like Thai food… this is an absolutely must place when in San Francisco.

Jitlada...

Jitlada...

It’s always dinner with friends at Jitlada.

Then on Friday… down to Santa Cruz for a gig at the Rio Theater.

A great little venue

A great little venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 25, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
The Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California
September 30, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Sleep Song
7. Sea Child
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Come Back Baby
11. Candy Man
12. Things That Might Have Been
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. Good Shepherd
15. How Long Blues
16. That’ll Never Happen No More
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the curtain at the Rio

Behind the curtain at the Rio

Before we knew it… we were driving over to Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. It was such and honor to be included in this great festival again, and it occurred to us, that probably no one on that amazing bill had played Golden Gate Park longer than Jack and myself!

Tuna's dressing tent

Tuna's dressing tent

IN S.F., the weather can go a lot of different directions. The Saturday we were there could not have been more perfect.

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Any time it’s warm in S.F. I consider it to be unseasonably warm… and it was thus!

An honor to be here!

An honor to be here!

Come on people, smile on your brother...

Come on people, smile on your brother...

Always good to have toys..

Always good to have toys..

We ran into lots of friends that day!

My very old pal, Bill Kirchen

My very old pal, Bill Kirchen

Always great to see Bill Kirchen. A great guitar player, and a noble soul!

I also got to say ‘Hey” to Jimmy Dale Gilmore, who played a great set with the Flatlanders! He’ll be at the Fur Peace Ranch next year.

Hot Tuna 26, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The Arrow Stage
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
Saturday, October 1, 2016

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Good Shepherd
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Hit Single #1

Jorma and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Jorma and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

What a fabulous day in the park. On Sunday, Jack and I played the Great American Music Hall… yet one more time.

Hot Tuna 27, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, California
Sunday, October 2, 2016
First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Candy Man
9. I See The Light
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. In My Dreams
5. River Of Time
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Living In The Moment
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

A grand night indeed…

Sunday, before the show, Jack and I met with a very old friend. In 1964, as an almost penniless student, my first wife Margareta and myself found ourselves in San Francisco looking for some food. On Polk street we wandered into a restaurant called the Mandarin run by a wonderful woman named Cecilia Chiang. She welcomed us as if we were old friends… and indeed, over the years we did become old friends. You need to click this link and read her story.

Over the years as the 60’s thing evolved, we remained fast friends… As her business grew she continued to welcome us long hair freaks into her establishment in a time when this was not done. She gave us respect when the ‘respectable’ society of the time did not.

At 97 years old she is one of the most amazing human beings I have ever met.

Jack, Madame Chiang and myself

Jack, Madame Chiang and myself

I love this great woman… it is such an honor to count her as a friend over all these years!

Well… that’s it for now. I’m in New York today and tomorrow I will be guesting with the amazing Tedeschi/Trucks Band.

My life is a surplus of honors.