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From Chicago To Minneapolis

The morning after the Englert we drove to the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago… played two shows and drove on to Minneapolis to the Cedar Cultural Center.

Ah... the dressing room at the Old Town

Ah... the dressing room at the Old Town

Both shows sold out… and here is our collective set lists:

Hot Tuna 16, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chilcago, Illinois
Friday, March 9, 2012

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Children Of Zion
4. Second Chances
5. River Of Time
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
10. How Long Blues
11. Serpent Of Dreams
12. Red River Blues
13. Trouble In Mind
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Water Song
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Whining Boy Blues
5. Good Shepherd
6. Come Back Baby
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Parchman Farm
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

We packed up and drove nine hours to Minneapolis getting into the hotel in time for breakfast. After stringing my guitar, doing to set list and taking a little nap of fto the Cedar Cultural Center where we had a five o’clock and a nine o’clock show.

It's like Finn World up here in Minnesota

It's like Finn World up here in Minnesota

We goofed up a little and got to the gig an hour early so there was a little time to walk around.

Love the Cedar Cultural Center

Love the Cedar Cultural Center

The weather was unseasonably warm so walking around was as much fun as it was for me and Barry when we were here in Fall of last year.

Good Times

Good Times

Yep, the hits just keep on coming.

Home in the dressing room

Home in the dressing room

We’ve played the Cedar a lot and it’s always like home here.



Boy, it’s hard to imagine sometimes that so many of the good ones like Dave here, are gone. Time has a funny way of making itself felt. Here are the set lists from our shows:

Hot Tuna 17, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Children Of Zion
5. Second Chances
6. Let Us Get Together
7. Barbeque King
8. Bread Line Blues
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
10. How Long Blues
11. Red River Blues
12. 99 Year Blues
13. Goodbye To The Blues
14. I Know You Rider’
15. Encore: Water Song
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Sea Child
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Come Back Baby
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Full Go Round
11. Candy Man
12. River of Time
13. Uncle Sam Blues
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Encore: Genesis

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

And after all is said and done… nice job guys!

The smile says it all

The smile says it all

Now we’re off to Milwaukee for the final show on this run at the Pabst Theater. Actually, there are two more gigs. Friday in Cincinnati at the Twentieth Century Theater and Saturday night at opening concert weekend at the Fur Peace Station.


  1. Cyndy Consentino
    March 11th, 2012 at 09:29 | #1

    Dear Jorma,

    Nice pictures!
    Once again, thanks for sharing!

  2. Rick Simons
    March 11th, 2012 at 09:33 | #2

    Was at second Chicago show. Most amazing moment was Keep Your Lamps, where Jack in particular was absolutely on fire from the moment that song started. It got faster and faster and totally blew everyone away. Jorma even commented after the song about it. Another long time fan I was with commented that ” they still keep getting better, and havent even hit their peak. Its not like one of those bands, where you would say these guys USED to be good”. they also totally and emphatically nailed Embryonic Journey, which was the encore. A seemingly insignificant,but notable moment was that between songs in response to the usual calls of the crowd, Jorma played a bar or two of Feel So Good.

  3. carlo pagliano
    March 11th, 2012 at 12:29 | #3

    Jorma’s pages every single day are a double blessing, just like the concerts Jorma helds.
    For solidarity’s sake I’m on my fourth breakfast today…
    Peace be the journey Jorma & Tuna!

  4. roberta
    March 11th, 2012 at 14:46 | #4

    Late show at Old Town was just what we needed to cure the full moon fever…including rolling beer bottles on the concrete floor…and Barry’s banter…

  5. March 11th, 2012 at 21:35 | #5

    Loved the 1st set at Old Town. Always great seeing you, and we always get a huge kick from the camaraderie between you, Jack and Barry. We didn’t go to the 2d show. Was that the uncensored Whining Boy?

  6. March 11th, 2012 at 22:41 | #6

    What a tour…prodigious musical performances + bringing our communities together, continent to continent, coast to coast. Thanks for all that you guys do, it makes a real difference. Keep a-goin’

  7. Carter Dunkin
    March 12th, 2012 at 00:16 | #7

    The Chicago setlist confirms what a great show I missed Friday night. Woke up Friday too sick to travel so my sister-in-law and her boyfriend used my tickets. Guess I’ll have to wait until November at FPR!

  8. Brett
    March 12th, 2012 at 09:55 | #8

    Sounds like a great run of shows.

    Enjoy the first weekend of FPR 2012!!


  9. Rich Lindbloom
    March 12th, 2012 at 10:17 | #9

    wow, that’s all I can say, wow.

    To be able to see Jorma, Jackson and Barry at the Old town school of Folk Music, is a rare treat indeed. The phrase “Giddy as a Goose” aptly desribes my demeanor as we sat front and center in the first row of the balcony. Probably the best seat I’ve ever had a concert, largely attributed to my sister who would not take no for an answer when they said there was a glitch and our group would have to be split up. (I’m pretty sure they took numerous pictures of this rabble rouser, and she will be banned from future OTS of FM shows!)

    The banter on the stage between Jorma and Barry, and the facial expressions of the taciturn Jack Cassidy, were almost as enjoyable of the ineffable music that emanated from their four instruments – counting Jorma’s voice as one of those instruments! Out of all the songs in Tuna’s vast repetoire, if you would have told me I’d hear “Good Sheperd,” “Light of this world,” and “Embryonic Journey,” in the same show I probably would have paid double the price for my ticket. Literally three of my all time favorites.

    “Keep your Lamps, Trimmed and Burning” was the sleeper of the night, even if Jorma thought it was played at a NASCAR pace! I couldn’t understand why Jorma thought it was to fast – remember Jorma, if it’s too fast your too old! Barry and Jack just decided to push your picking limits to a new level. (As Pure Prarie League once put it, “I’m picking to beat the devil, and you know he’s on my tail, but the Lord is in my fingers, and he won’t let me fail.”) I hollered in my infinite display of lack of musical knowledge, “It sounded good up hear!” That version had me on the edge of my seat. And why the hell was it my damn feet would not be still the entire evening?!

    The leads Barry and Jack played in Good Sheperd were absolutely smoking – i’ve always loved the electric lead on on the Airplane album, but the version of that incredible song was absolutely ineffable. Talk about a Fiery Band! Maybe I was transported to the third heaven momentarily.

    When the 3 musketeers came out for their encore, the late night crowd started hollering their favorites. I hollered North Wind and then Embryonic Journey and Jorma said “Bingo.” I’m not sure which acoustic song is my all time favorite, Little Martha by Duane allman of E.J. (Although Leo kottke might have one or two in the running!)

    It’s “been so long” since I hooted and hollered for “More!” at a concert. I was very dissappointed with only one encore song, but what the hell do you expect for $41 and three tired road warriors.

    Two comments stuck with me from the banter on the stage. Jorma said something along the lines that the red stuff in the fridge in the trailer was his steak and not Jacks berries! Also when Barry said, “These two have been togehter for 54 years,” nostalgia oozed from many of the old hippie gypsies in attendance. The “Jefferson Starfish” anecdote was pretty funny also.

    My sister wrote the rest of our family and friends the next day and said she just enjoyed watching the perpetual smile on my face the entire night. There were so many more songs I wanted to hear – hopefully the next show I see I’ll get to hear them, “‘fore my moving gets to worn.”


  10. rich lindbloom
    March 17th, 2012 at 14:43 | #10

    @Rick Simons
    It’s not like one of those bands where you hear someone say “those guys used to be good.” – Bingo – agreat insight.

    To be priviledged enough to see those three guys play in an intimate setting like the OTSofFM, is a hidden gem for sure.

    Although they may want ot liven it up a bit with the band jumping around the stage in tights, rockets explosing in the background, and a laser light show.

    Or, they could just sit down and jam, and jam, and jam.