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Back Home… Getting Ready For The Beacon

December 7th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well… The Scandinavian trip was fulfilling in every way. I can hardly wait to get back. Barry Mitterhoff and I played some good music for some great audiences. It truly doesn’t get much better than that. Meanwhile, back here in the States we’re rehearsing for our big weekend at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Hot Tuna will be up for the task with some new/old gems ready to be played!

I’m sure there’s some more writing lurking in the wings, but for now… breakfast and off to do some twanging.

By the bye, today is the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This is certainly an event that figured prominently in my parent’s life… and my other relatives of that time. My father and his two brothers wound up all fighting in WWII.

The landscape of history stretches beyond memory and Pearl Harbor means little to most younger Americans today. Being born in 1940, it is a reality to me. I remember my dad coming home on leave… and I not only remember the headlines heralding the end of WWII, I still have the papers… just as my father saved them years ago.

Just a note here to thank the old ones for their service.

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  1. Joe in DC
    December 7th, 2011 at 09:23 | #1

    Glad Tuna is ready for the Beacon
    Cause I know NYCTUNAFANS are ready for you Jorma
    HOT F’ing Tuna…….

  2. Ed W
    December 7th, 2011 at 09:36 | #2

    Many poignant thoughts re Hubert Sumlin and Pearl Harbor. That gens 9/11 was a call to war, not that we are for war however we support that it is our duty to protect our families and country. Thanks to your Dad and people like him who gave us a brighter landscape for living in freedom.
    Looking forward to the Beacon shows; Mr. Bromberg is a real character, one of the legendary performers as are the rest of you guys, Super!

  3. Lars
  4. Eaglesteve
    December 7th, 2011 at 10:20 | #4

    I second those Pearl Harbor emotions. God Bless America.
    Happy 22nd Anniversary to Jorma and Vanessa.

  5. Richard
    December 7th, 2011 at 10:35 | #5

    I am soooooooo freakin exited about this weekends shows!!!!!

  6. Cyndy Consentino
    December 7th, 2011 at 11:07 | #6

    Dear Jorma,
    Very well said! Thanks to your dad and uncles for keeping us safe.
    Also to my dearly departed dad. Anthony, who served his country as s navigator during WWII,
    That being said, can’t wait to see you guys on Saturday night!
    NYC will give you guys a huge welcome!

  7. Lars
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:09 | #7

    Here is a quick translation of the high-lights from the first article:

    A request is heard from the audience and Jorma Kaukonen starts playing Jefferson Airplane’s old chestnut “Good Shepherd”. It’s towards the end of the second set and my surprise is greater than it perhaps should be. On the one hand, it an old folk song, on the other it fits in so well with everything else played during the evening. Yet otherwise, Jefferson Airplane appears more and more as a short – if
    legendary – parenthesis in Jorma Kaukonen’s musical oeuvre. [Jefferson Airplane was] a rambunctious constellation of creative forces where the three front figures made it easy to overlook the phenomenal guitar player right behind them. Their history was full of dramatic twists and turns, as was their music.

    On his own, Jorma Kaukonen is more of an American traditionalist musician, already as a young man schooled in the kind of acoustic blues that is closer to folk and ragtime than the more common electric blues. With only mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff by his side, the music appears, in a positive sense, almost cozy: a 70-year old nestor looking ten years younger, singing with a whisper of a voice […] About half of the material is precisely that kind of blues, reminiscent of the
    1920s, so expertly played that it sounds simple.

  8. Lars
    December 7th, 2011 at 14:14 | #8

    High-lights from the second article… Although it’s a good article and the reviewer generally seems well-informed, he oddly enough suggests that you, Jorma, is still sporadically playing with the Airplane.


    Anyone with more than a passing interest for American rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s knows who Jorma Kaukonen is. As guitar player with the Jefferson Airplane, he strongly contributed to forming and spreading psychedelic rock from San Francisco out into the world.

    Similarly to the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, the other really signfigicant guitar player from this both vital and important epoch, he came to devote himself more and more to what we today call americana: with his acoustic group Hot Tuna,
    he dug himself deeper into the tradition […]

    Today, this 70-year old of Finnish ancestry plays sporadically with both Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna (both acoustically and electrically) but for the concert at Göta Källare, he is here under his own name. Together with mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, he offers a full evening with just about the right kind of old-timey charm in the upper musical echelons.

    Jorma Kaukonen’s finger-picking, a technique which enables both rhythm and solo playing, is as impressive as Mitterhoff’s busy mandolin playing, creating a full sound. They are so closely knit musically that they occasionally become one

    [The music] ranges from spirituals to blues and ragtime, all cleverly ornamented and adorned with funny musical quotes. Many songs are of an old vintage, but some are written by colleagues, but in a traditional idiom.

    Jorma Kaukonen’s own songs distinguish themselves from the traditional material. Possessing a more harmonic quality, they are welcome additions to what would otherwise have become too-samey sounding. For it is with songs like Good Shepherd,
    a traditional tune reworked by Kaukonen and the concert’s only one from the Jefferson Airplane period, where the duo really hits the mark. With a nicely flowing, almost psychedelic mandolin solo from Mitterhoff, it’s a definite high-point.

  9. Steve
    December 7th, 2011 at 23:36 | #9

    Simply cannot wait for the Beacon on Saturday night-driving up from MD. Only the 5th time in a year I will have seen “the boys” including a killer front row show in Easton MD to celebrate Steady As She Goes!!!! I have 2 extra tix to Saturday’s show-my brother’s can’t make the show this year. Just asking face value, I will cover the BS ticket surcharges. Orchestra Row S Left-Feel free to email me lackenhauser@hotmail.com-Jorma/moderator if this post is a problem my bad no harm no foul-see ya at the big show!!!!!!

  10. Joe in DC
    December 8th, 2011 at 07:34 | #10

    Steve… I am more less by you out here in NOVA. I saw Steady as She Goes tour at Birchmere in Alexandria, VA this past year… I have seen Tuna 4 times this year (including this weekends Fri and Sat shows). Cant help you with purchasing tickets, got em, but at last years Beacon show I was able to scalp extra tickets out front about 7 pm on each night… good luck…

  11. gerard m
    December 9th, 2011 at 15:37 | #11

    Scored a single seat, lower balcony. Antsy with anticipation! I didn’t know it was going to be a special guests type show like last year…psyched!!!

    Larry, David,etc???? wow!

    A little sticky Cush, the great Beacon Vibe and Hot F’king Tuna.

    Does it get better?