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The First Night In Ithaca

The First Night In Ithaca

Yeah… It’s been hectic, but the Electric part of this tour is going great… Here’s our set list from Ithaca:

Hot Tuna 22, 2012
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
State Theater
Ithaca, New York
Thursday, June 21, 12

1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. A Little Faster
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Second Chances
10. Goodbye To The Blues
11. Mourning Interrupted
12. Bowlegged Woman
13. Hit Single #1
14. Funky #7
15. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock

Good times back stage

Good times back stage

Yikes… the entrance into the backstage area. looks like someone had some fun.

The interior of the State:

The interior of the State:

No air conditioning up here… 97 degrees… old school but beautiful.

Next night at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank… air conditioning ruled and the staff was great. Another great gig for us.

Hot Tuna 23, 2012
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
The Count Basie Theater
Red Bank, New Jersey
Friday, June 22, 2012

1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Second Chances
6. Children Of Zion
7. Can’t Get Satisfied
8. Rock Me Baby
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Hit Single #1
13. Funky #7 with Steve Kimock
14. Encore: Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock

gig detritus

gig detritus

Yeah… we love the Count Basie.

nice ceiling

nice ceiling

Last night at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, we were joined by our old friend Bob Steeler who doubled up on drums with the amazing Skoota Warner. Here is last night’s set:

Hot Tuna 24, 2012
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
With Special Guest Bob Steeler
The Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, New Jersey
Saturday, June 23, 2012

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Mourning Interrupted
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Second Chances
10. Children Of Zion
11. Hit Single # 1
12. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
13. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
14. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do with Steve Kimock

Now we’re off to Richmond, VA and the National Theater.

Good times down the road!

  1. Cyndy Consentino
    June 24th, 2012 at 10:06 | #1

    Dear Jorma,
    Thanks to you, Jack, Barry, Skoota, Bob(loved seeing him again) and Steve
    Kimock for two awesome nights of music! I was at the Basie
    and the Wellmont, and both shows were tremendous!
    See you next Saturday at the Caramoor:)
    Stay well

  2. Steve
    June 24th, 2012 at 10:22 | #2

    Wow Jorma looking good!!! See you in Wilmington tuesday night!!!!

  3. Charlie
    June 24th, 2012 at 11:18 | #3

    HOLY CRAP!!!! H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P !!!!!
    What was in the water last night at the Wellmont! JACK!!! JORMA!!! “THE MAN OF STEEL”!!! SKOOTA!!! BARRY!!! STEVE!!!! My ears are still ringing and my chest still pounding from Jack’s Bass. Jorma and Jack on FIRE!!! What a drum solo…way to go Bob…you still cook!!!! OK all you youngsters out there who keep hearing about HOT Tuna from the 70’s???? THIS WAS IT!!! Somehow I was transported to the Capital Theatre in good ole Passaic…circ 1976.
    You guys are truly amazing….don’t know how you do it, but I’m glad you do!!
    Thanks for the great shows.

  4. Steve
    June 24th, 2012 at 11:53 | #4

    Whoa!!!!!!! Charlie love the comments!!!! This kid is now even more psyched for Wilmington!!!! I passed on 1st row extreme right for 3rd row dead center. These are the kind of decisions I can live with.

  5. Cyndy Consentino
    June 24th, 2012 at 12:46 | #5

    Charle- Spot on review! Tuna tore the Wellmont up ! Same deal at the Basie the night befor!@Steve

  6. Steve Singer
    June 24th, 2012 at 16:41 | #6

    Nice to hear Bob Steeler is playing with you again. He was always introduced as “The man with the perpetual smile”.

  7. John O
    June 24th, 2012 at 17:16 | #7

    What a terrific show at the Wellmont, I’ve seen lots of great shows and had not seen Hot Tuna previously, but i’d rank it right up there with some of the great shows. I was hoping it was not going to be a nostalgia thing, but it was anything but, you guys are on top of your game, just a fantastic show and man was it good to see Jorma and Jack having so much fun!

  8. Richard
    June 24th, 2012 at 18:52 | #8

    Jorma…Thanks for continuing to share these pics of life on the road and ceiling shots especially.Very nice indeed.

  9. Bernie
    June 25th, 2012 at 08:21 | #9

    Thoughts on Count Basie show:
    Ourseats were 4th row center and the sound sucked- to be blunt. We could not hear Jorma’s vocals. If you did not know the lyrics, then you had no idea what he was singing. The folks on my side could not either. We did not get the great tones and nuances from guitars/mandolin either. The speakers were set up very forward, at the far ends of stage, so even the off-axis sound waves were intersecting somewhere behind our row. At least some of the speakers should have been further back and toed inward for the fans seated up close. I saw Rush and Roger Waters from similar seats and their sound was perfect.

    The perfomance was fine but it seamed like the band was playing a jam for themselves. We fans were quite enthusiatic for them I thought; many sang along with the classics. Just seemed like they were “going thru the motions” – hard to explain, but when I saw an acoustic show at Morristown a few years back, something was different with their connection with the audience.

  10. Steve P
    June 25th, 2012 at 10:17 | #10

    Despite the heat at the State Theater in Ithaca, the guys put on a great show. Jack was really movin’ and groovin’! The sound system really brought out Jack’s bass playing – better than most places I have seen Tuna. Loved the retro color Jack bass!

  11. HOGAN
    June 25th, 2012 at 11:12 | #11

    Hey Jorma,

    Just wanted to say thanks for an awesome show in Ithaca despite the heat and no air you guys really put on a great show..It reminded me of the shows back in the day when we used to come out of the shows soaking wet from dancin, made me miss my friend (The Byrd) but I know he’s lookin down and smilin…
    Take care and see you at the Beacon

  12. June 25th, 2012 at 11:46 | #12

    Yo Bernie… Jorma here… Perception is indeed a personal thing… sorry you felt that way… from our side of the stage, we never just go through the motions… but that’s just me.


  13. johno
    June 25th, 2012 at 13:20 | #13

    Bernie did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams. Well I’m just happy as heck to see these older bands – especially HOT TUNA – who take the time to come out on tour to bring their music, their unique vibes back to us. I don’t know about you but I just love it and can’t get enough of it. Can ya dig it.

    They don’t have to do it, they can sit could around their swimming pools and watch the clouds go by. But they do it for us their fans. And I sure as shit appreciate it immensely. New York always has complainers. complaining complaining til the cows come home. So what a speaker was off. You gotta be shittin me. You want a refund! You need another prozac or a good screw.

    Thank you Jorma, Jack, Barry and Skoota – Keep on Trucking!!!!

  14. Cyndy Consentino
    June 25th, 2012 at 13:37 | #14

    @ Bernie, ad Jorma says perception is everything! I was at both shows and thought
    These show were awesome! I thought sound at Basie was great even a bit better than Wellmont
    Both nights were tremendous!@Bernie

  15. Bernie
    June 25th, 2012 at 14:37 | #15

    Yo Johno if you read my post it was not “one speaker off” nor did I ask for a refund, nor am I from New York city or on Prozac. I have been a fan since ’78.
    If you were in my seats, you would have been disappointed with the sound too.
    I put a nice post on Jorma’s facebook page before the show and after.

    Jorma, I could tell you guys were having a good time and maybe my perception was off due to my aggravation with the sound. I greatly enjoyed watching the interplay between Jack and Skoota and you and the rest of band.
    Peace brother.

  16. Bernie
    June 25th, 2012 at 14:44 | #16

    ps, I was the guy waiting to meet you or Jack back by the tourbus from 7:15 to around 8. I posted about sound so maybe the crew can figure what might have been off. Basie has very high ceilings and very wide stage. It must have sounded awesome further back or in the front rows of balcony.

  17. Matt
    June 25th, 2012 at 14:51 | #17

    The Wellmont show was HUGE like Charlie said. They ripped the roof off the place ! 4th row was tremendous, big sound with Bob Steeler, Kimock is a great guest and opening act, he was really digging it. HOT TUNA RULES THE EASTERN SEABOARD !

  18. June 25th, 2012 at 14:57 | #18

    Hey Bernie…
    Jorma here… message received.
    Be well…

  19. Bernie
    June 25th, 2012 at 16:34 | #19

    Thanks Jorma, I do apologize to you and my fellow tunaphiles. As you say, my perception is not your reality, any more than another’s perception of me is certain to be true to my reality.

    As far as the acoustics issue, I happened to mention the concert to a friend before going. She talked to me today and asked how the sound was..she saw a comedian there and they could not understand him. She said 4 other people she knows have told her of issues with acoustics at Basie. (She is a realtor and they know a lot of people and talk a lot. lol.) I googled Basie acoustics and found this post from a woman named Lauren:
    “I saw Rent! here on Friday night. The venue is in a great location, surrounded by many choices for dinner or lunch and ample parking. I’ve seen a movie and a presentation at Count Basie previously. Both times the sound/ acoustics seemed fine to me. Friday night the acoustics were terrible and the sound gave me an awful headache. The crowd seemed to disagree with me, though. I’m not sure if it was where I was sitting in the theater? Stage left, 4th row.”

    I was in the 4th row also. Maybe it is a “dead zone” ?

    Anyway it was my best Friday night all year. Been spreadin’ the Tuna gospel for years and wore my concert shirt Saturday and today. Most small-town Jerseyans have no idea who HT is. Thanks for sharing with us fans on your blog too.

  20. johno
    June 25th, 2012 at 18:36 | #20

    Bernie i’m sorry i went off on you but i thought you last saw them couple years ago and was an ungrateful twit. i was stickin up for rock n roll – it’s my music and i’ve been following Tuna since ’73. Jorma, i’ll see you this saturday at Caramoor, if you get there early, check it out – it’s a beautiful place. peace

  21. Angelo
    June 25th, 2012 at 18:48 | #21

    Can’t we all just get along?………Peace to all, And to all a good night.

  22. June 25th, 2012 at 20:54 | #22

    Taking my 6 year old twin boys’ to see their first Hot Tuna show in Flagstaff next month. I they ever syked! They love (even my wife loves) Smokerise Highway. Talking about old gems: I haven’t heard “Sleep Song” done since May 78 at the Suffolk Forum/Commack Arena. I hope to live long enough to hear you do it again.
    Been sober now for 2 plus years. Sorry for trying to insist you try my fancy Bordeaux a few years back. Now I get it.

  23. Bernie
    June 25th, 2012 at 21:22 | #23

    no prob johno / we’re all good here Angelo.
    Happy toe tappin’ to ya’ll at the shows, get ready for a sore ankle. lol.

  24. cyndy consentino
    June 25th, 2012 at 22:46 | #24

    Johno, I am going to Caramoor show also! very excited about this show and the beautiful grounds!

  25. Charlie
    June 26th, 2012 at 08:08 | #25

    Hey Jorma…Focus on the positive bro!!!! Anyway, when they built the Wellmont in 1922, whoever figured Hot Tuna would be BLOWIN THE ROOF OFF 90 YEARS LATER!!!
    The shows were GREAT!!!…PERIOD!!! Perfect Tuna experience.
    Thank you!

  26. Steve Finkelstein
    June 26th, 2012 at 09:50 | #26

    Bernie may have a point about the sound at the Count Basie. Personally, we were about 20 rows back and dead center. Instrumentals there were clear as a bell, vocals less so. Nonetheless, a great show.

    What I truly enjoyed was my teenage daughter’s perceptions of an electric Tuna show (her first). She’s a violinist and guitarist, so I wanted her to see the musicianship and stagecraft on display.

    Initially, she seemed a little put off at the age of the audience, but once the music started, that was forgotten, and she started to groove. She really got into Jack’s playing, who she thought was “by far the coolest bass player I have ever seen.”

    I think she’ll be back for more….on to the next generation!!

  27. eaglesteve
    June 26th, 2012 at 10:57 | #27

    The Welmont show was fantastic. I was in heaven. I live for shows like that, but I’ll take Tuna anywhere, anytime, however they want to play. Captain, you and the band sent me. Thanks. ‘Nuf said.

  28. June 26th, 2012 at 16:49 | #28

    <–veteran of over 100 hot tuna shows. I have never seen Jorma and Jack "go to through the motions." They are true professionals and a master of their craft.
    Nuf said.

  29. John B
    June 27th, 2012 at 13:08 | #29

    The Basie show in this tuna fans unimportant opinion was average. Jorma; i wondered if you were tired or sick for this performance. Perhaps the heat from the previous performance sapped some of your energy. I brought my son Paul to the Basie show for his birthday and he was not dissapointed; perhaps i was tired and not as focused as i thought?! Maybe i have become spoiled by some of the more recent shows like last summers show out on Long Island with Bromberg or the Beacon shows last December. I love the music and until i9 draw my last i will remain a dedicated Hot Tuna fan and will continue to spread the news of this remarkable band.

    John B:

  30. MikeT
    June 30th, 2012 at 10:23 | #30

    Great show at the Wellmont. I was in the front row (as I usually am when you hit Jersey and play the Tabernacle in Mt. Tabor (when are you coming back there???). Anyway, I was right there and the show was tremendous. A lot of energy coming from the stage. Bob Steeler was great as was Skoota (who I couldn’t see that well from my seat and the fact that your music stand – lyric book was in the way).

    I loved how Jack was animated most of the show – running in circles at one point!!

    Keep it coming Jorma.

  31. bob b
    February 11th, 2013 at 22:52 | #31

    Wellmont was the best of four shows I saw in 2012. We were rockin’ in the isles. The energy at that show (stage and audience) was 2x…3x the other venues.
    Your pal, Bob B from Philly