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Iowa City And The Englert Rocks!

Entering The Dressing Rooms At The Englert

Entering The Dressing Rooms At The Englert

We’ve been looking forward to this gig at the Englert and we weren’t disappointed. It’s a simply beautiful theater… magnificently restored without losing any of it’s days of yore charm.

Good wall photo op

Good wall photo op

The gig was walking distance from the hotel but what a great place to hang out.

Jack relaxes backstage

Jack relaxes backstage

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 15, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Thursday, March 8, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. How Long Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Second Chances
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. Come Back Baby
10. Bread Line Blues
11. Goodbye To The Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Good Shepherd
7. The Terrible Operation
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Vicksburg Stomp
10. Death Don’t Have No mercy
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Water Song

The hospitality room beckons

The hospitality room beckons

I got a chance to hang out with some old friends as well as making new ones. The kind of stuff that is the frosting on the cake for this great gig.

Barry prepares for the show backstage

Barry prepares for the show backstage

Well, tomorrow we will be at the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago so it’s time for bed.

What a great stage!

What a great stage!

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  1. tricia
    March 9th, 2012 at 09:31 | #1

    Thanks for coming to town and blowing our minds! Our theater is a wonderful place for acoustic Hot Tuna. You guys should definitely come back again. How ’bout some electric Tuna for ArtFest sometime, maybe???? You would Love that too. Just a thought….

  2. Pete Raine
    March 9th, 2012 at 11:24 | #2

    Jorma, thanks again to you and Jack and Barry for coming to Iowa City! The daughters enjoyed meeting you and taking in the show – I think I’ve successfully steered their young minds toward well-rounded musical choices… Great to catch up with you again for a little bit – we will leave the porch light on for any time you guys want to come back (and we hope you will). Be well, and we’ll see you ’round the horn…

  3. carlo pagliano
    March 9th, 2012 at 11:30 | #3

    The amazing music of ‘Steady As She Goes’ really rocks you thru the desert, pikes, deep seas, gales, urban stall, it leads in these magic meadows where you can find all the joys you need.
    For Tuna For Your Love Hurrah!!
    Springtime with the Tuna, ‘hat’s life!
    Deep Spring with Jorma! Can’t wait!!
    Cool runnings Tuna.
    Chicago by Tuna
    Just love those Jack & Barry super pics!
    Always Thanks Jorma!

  4. Cyndy Consentino
    March 9th, 2012 at 14:55 | #4

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you for sharing your pictures and stories
    Of life on the road ! I always look forward to reading your blog!
    That being said, waiting to see you Guys electric in June at the Basie, and Wellmont, and acoustic at
    Caramoor! Counting down the days!

  5. Nick L. Eakins aka “Enfield”
    March 9th, 2012 at 17:53 | #5

    I just now got back from Iowa City. You 3 were fantastic last night at the Englert. I’ve listened to chamber musicians that were not as tight as you guys. To play with your level of virtuosity and still have fun among yourselves and the audience is a very gifted thing.
    Yes,,,I hope it’s not another 10 years before you all return to Iowa.
    BTW,,I’d lost track of time this morning so I had to run to catch my bus back to the Des Moines area. I was scrambling with my things on the ped mall in the back of the Sheraton when I noticed Jack going in. I was in no less hurry than he was but I still managed to shake his hand in the hotel foyer. Please,,be kind enough to let him know the guy in the brown fedora and big blue overcoat was me,,,good ole” Enfield.

    Blessings to you all and may the angels protect you on the road,,


  6. WM Sinclair
    March 9th, 2012 at 18:33 | #6

    Surely you three know how deeply your performance last night affected us, your audience. I last saw you 1974ish in St. Louis, at another old movie theater, The Ambassador, maybe, and last night, now that I am no longer a boy with hair to his shoulders, but rather an old happy goat with hair growing on his shoulders, I was able to listen intently to each note. Somehow your music is pitched or toned like holy balm to my ears: the best of medicine, with no adverse side-effects, since I did not miss or yearn for, as I had lightly anticipated, the aches of nostalgia for the smoke, goatskin bags of spiked wine, not even the girls from our commune, who would dress in vintage silk slips from Veterans’ Village Thrift, twirling near the amps at the edge of the stage. Instead, I held hands with my wife in the balcony, sharing with her Hot Tuna; after thirty-six years, we found yet another treasure in this world to bond us. Thank, dear men.

  7. jim hitchcock
    March 9th, 2012 at 19:04 | #7

    All right Enfield!

  8. kathy
    March 10th, 2012 at 03:26 | #8

    This is a request from a fan/acquaintence/pest/// to do more blogging again.
    Since I am not able togo and see you live in person, I find your writing to be quite insprational/entertaining and thought provoking. You always do provoke many
    different responses which I don’t pay much attention to. only do enjoy what you say and so try not to respond in a way that will not cause recogntion, Because
    I have always wanted to be invisible. I like your blogs in other words, butlove to
    comment on them more. As a narsicist and fellow musician I am asking you do a sappy blog soon, so you can do what you do best. (kidding( you are great(

  9. joe in DC
    March 10th, 2012 at 14:26 | #9

    all i can sAY IS TUNA KEEP ROCKIN……………

  10. March 11th, 2012 at 12:11 | #10

    One of my best friends and a friend of 42 years, Mike Wallace (a top shelf fingerpicker and musician as yourself, Jorma), gave me probably the best 60th birthday present I could get…a chance to see you, Jack an Barry in concert at the Englert in Iowa City!!! Mike reminded me that I had taught him Hesitation Blues back when he was 12 or 13. I’d forgotten that little bit of info but I know where I first heard and learned it from and it was LP Hot Tuna Live! You guys were great then and you’ve only gotten GREATER!

    The performance was like listening to you in a house concert in someone’s home, very intimate. Barry is a magnificent addition to Hot Tuna! I love the musical variety and versatility the three of you provide.

    Being a Tuna afficianado I have several Hot Tuna and your, Jorma, solo recordings which are all well crafted, masterful, pieces of musical art! One thing I’ll always remember from this concert is the cohesion, creativity, dynamic variety, and pleasure you three presented and provided us with at the Englert!

    Will Hot Tuna be releasing another Live recording? If you aren’t thinking about it, would you, please, PLEASE, DO SO?!?!? If for no other reason than the fact that you three in concert is so fine and much different than your studio recordings! And, actually, that is the Most Important reason I’m asking for another LIVE recording! As we all know life is short. To hear the level of Hot Tuna’s performance live is one of the greatest thrills and pleasures I’ve had in recent years! Jack’s truly one awesome bass player! The t-shirts say it all, “If you don’t know Jorma, you don’t know Jack!”

    Thanks so much for putting Hot Tuna together so many years ago! And, please, produce another Hot Tuna Live for the 21st Century!

    Thank you, again.

    Pickingly Best,
    Joe Nobiling