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Green Bay… A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight!

February 21st, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments
View of the box seats from the stage of the Meyer

View of the box seats from the stage of the Meyer

Tonight the boys and I played the Meyer Theater in Green Bay for the first time. The temperature was in single digits outside but inside, it was warm and inviting. This is a classy theater with great ambiance and great sound!

Jack sets up...

Jack sets up...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 9, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
Meyer Theater
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Been So Long
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Come Back Baby
8. 99 Year Blues
9. River Of Time
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Candy Man
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Barbeque King
7. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
8. Good Shepherd
9. The Terrible Operation
10. I’ll Be All right Some Day
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

Another lively night… this has really been a great tour. Tomorrow morning we leave early for Mill City Nights in Minneapolis. This will be another first for us and I’ll report on all this sometime tomorrow after the show.

An another subject, I’ve been following all the reminiscing in the comments section and I find it interesting on one level in that these are times we all shared when we were young and it is a part of our history. That said, for me all that is only interesting as a part of the history of life. I have no euphoric recall from those times whatsoever. I also have no regret… what’s the point. None of us would be the people we are to today without those experiences… plus, let’s face it, what’s done is done. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was a tale of many cities… day after day, year after year. I would change nothing if I could… but I would not repeat any of it. For me the most interesting gig I ever played is the one I finished tonight… or tomorrow night… It’s all about building a construct of sagas… keeping the tell alive and ever growing. People often ask me why I choose not to play certain songs. Sometimes the answer is painfully simple… I have let them get away and rather than spend time reconstructing a time and a place I find it more productive to come up with something new. Sometimes it is even simpler than that. The content of some songs simply do not represent who I feel I am today. Yep… time to drive on. Sometimes though, even the most ancient of songs continue to tell my story. Interesting…

OK then… I think you all for your interest and excitement. I find it thought provoking. Perhaps someday I’ll write some stuff down and run it up the flagpole to see who salutes… who knows? Well… time to see if sleep will come…

More anon…

Barry gives the blessing...

Barry gives the blessing...

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  1. Joe
    February 21st, 2013 at 08:19 | #1

    Jorma ,So true ! Thank you !

  2. Cyndy Consentino
    February 21st, 2013 at 08:38 | #2

    Dear Jorma,
    Travel safe. I heard some big storms for the Midwest!
    Absolutely love all the comments about the old shows!
    All my best memories involve Tuna!
    Thank you guys so much for what you do!

  3. John S.
    February 21st, 2013 at 09:28 | #3

    I look back with fond memories of Tuna shows at the Palladium extending till the sunrise and the coffee and doughnut truck on the way out the door. However I agree with Jorma about that was then ( great ) this is now. Creating new and reflecting on the present and positive is the way to go. I look foward to my next opportunity, cause I am never disapointed with what Jorma, Jack and all the other great players have and continue to bring to the table. Onward !

  4. GBBob
    February 21st, 2013 at 10:40 | #4

    Thanks for the setlist & commentary. The show last night was truly great! Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. And I had been looking forward to seeing you guys since the date was announced. My first concert ever was the Jefferson Airplane in Grant Park, Chicago in May, 1969. A bit of a rite of passage for me (I was a senior in high school) so I had been thinking some about that day & time period. I think I understand your comments about staying in the present…I know I am a different person today and, I too, would not want to go back & do it all over again.

    I was the guy sitting in the second row middle who asked you about how you liked our weather. I was feeling sorry for Jack all bundled up in scarf & jacket…so I had to ask. I enjoyed your story about going out to the bus to get your phone charger and your evaluation of the tempurature was right on the mark. (“Cold as shit”). Please come back again and perform sometime in July next time. It’s actually very nice here. Thanks. Take Care.

  5. Steve Levenson
    February 21st, 2013 at 11:30 | #5

    The old shows were fun and there are a lot of nice memories. But, for a long time, the answer to the question “What would you like Jorma to play?” has been “Guitar”. and “Whatever he wants”. It’s the changing, spontaneous nature of live music that makes it so attractive. I can still put on the records if I want to hear what was. I don’t think I’d enjoy it as much if it were a greatest hits or “album re-creation” show. Shows are always best the performers when are enjoying themselves. Play what you want, and we’ll come along for the ride. It’s been great so far.

  6. Pete
    February 21st, 2013 at 12:49 | #6

    This topic always gets my attention…

    The payoff to ‘reconstructing a time and a place’ is that the time & place that is reconstructed will be different than in its original form for both you and the audience, who may not have even been around on the first go around. By trying it out you may find that the songs could represent you in a different way than they once did. So, SONG FOR THE FIRE MAIDEN! Kidding…but wouldn’t it be nice to see Barry rip it up on something like Sunrise Dance With the Devil?

  7. Craig K.
    February 21st, 2013 at 13:01 | #7

    I saw an interview with Joe Walsh the other night. To paraphrase, he said that life is full of random chaotic events that while we live them show very little significance or meaning. However, when we look back at them they look like perfectly scripted events memorialized by time. Probably the most poignant thing I ever heard Joe say other than “How ya doing?” A random comment, I think not…

  8. Joanne
    February 21st, 2013 at 13:11 | #8

    Thank you Jorma…

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    February 21st, 2013 at 13:54 | #9

    Ahmen to all that.
    I still can’t believe I got on a ferry boat full of Hell’s Angels.
    It seemed like it would be fun,at the time, just to see Jerry playing.
    It was actually kind of scary and there was no way to leave the boat.
    Such a crazy idea, one that would never be permitted to take place again.
    Sane adult heads now prevail.

  10. johno
    February 21st, 2013 at 14:02 | #10

    Jorma, what you said is so true. But it’s really fun to sit back and reminice how much fun we had together. Those days will never happen again. Thanks so much for continuing the journey. FYI,I’m reading Gregg Allman’s new book and in it he mentions that his brother Duane really liked Jefferson Airplane and that he really really liked Jorma Kaukonen.

  11. Angela
    February 21st, 2013 at 14:47 | #11

    I rarely contribute to blogs in general, but I felt moved to respond to this one. How true, what you say, about our experiences in the past. The days of Hot Tuna in the 70’s, those were great times, but would I repeat them? No… I look on those days with an observer’s eye, seeing both the joy of the experience and the result of indulgent excess (if you know what I mean 🙂 What I so appreciate now is the coming full circle, to be alive and still loving and playing the music, still connected in a more meaningful way.

    It’s great to hear that about Duane Allman. I can say without hesitation that the two most influential guitarists, for me, were both Duane and Jorma. Nice to see them here, mentioned together.

  12. Rich R
    February 21st, 2013 at 16:30 | #12

    I think it’s the work/play thing, you know, all work and no play bla bla. For Jorma it was a lot of work(hard work) and some play, for us it was all play and still is. I never thought in a million years I would be going to see Tuna in 2013. Jorma, as has been said before you and Jack have brought a lot to our lives, it’s a great thing. Speaking of the past, the lives of you and Jack are an important part of American history and the story should be told by you and preserved.

  13. Carter Dunkin
    February 21st, 2013 at 21:07 | #13

    Well put, Jorma. Listening to you and Jack evolve and grow as musicians over the years has been a pleasure and a privelege. Just a few weeks ago, I played “River of Time” and realized that as much as I enjoyed your work with JA years ago I’m happier listening to your work today. Obviously, what works for you now works for me, too. See you in Chicago!

  14. Bill Hutchison
    February 21st, 2013 at 22:27 | #14

    You and Jack have been weaving music into our life’s evolving movie for a long, long, time. No doubt you are looking forward to getting home, so we in Madison, Wi are most appreciate of your show. Thanks for making it happen.

  15. Mind
    February 22nd, 2013 at 12:26 | #15

    I have no distaste about you not wanting to play certain songs…Life’s different and you are NOT in the place mentally as you were when writing and playing ‘those songs’. I personally understand this. And, besides you are still evolving into new music that sounds great. Many “REAL” HT fans – moan and groan at the Beacon theater guests, which takes time away from you. For me, it is a great way to learn about others musicians, and to enjoy this super band jam! I look forward to this. love from a live music freak~

  16. John B
    February 22nd, 2013 at 14:38 | #16

    Thanks Jorma. I read your entry yesterday and wasn’t sure about what you were saying but i understoood that those thoughts were yours . Thanks for sharing them with us. For me all those shows that came before ; some of them hold special meaning and some ; when i take out the old ticket stubs ; i don’t recall at all. They are all part of my life ;part of the life experience of John B. As for me i am happy with whatever you guys decide to play .

    Thanks For Sharing:


  17. Rhea J.
    February 22nd, 2013 at 15:44 | #17

    Your post brings to mind a famous quote from ground school : “In aviation, the most important mile is the next mile.”

    “Steady As She Goes,” Captain. 🙂

  18. Scott Meyers
    February 22nd, 2013 at 16:21 | #18

    Jorma, Your comments of the past two days about the past-present-future are all part of the cycle of life. I watched my little girl, now 25 become a young lady.So, I am with you on all that. When an 18 year boy has guitar hero’s, they hold those memories and only see those as some of the best times of their lives. Many of us here, including me play, and you helped fashion my style in ways that are immeasurable, without ever visiting Fur Peace Ranch. Your current honesty and sincerity is matched with those memories now. I want to thank you, although you have absolutely no memory of showing me chords backstage in the mid 70’s, I get it, I was a kid, you had a gig, I happened to be backstage. Your place, and you know this in R$R history is well documented. However, your legacy as a distinguished ambassador of Blues-Rock-Fingerpicking is unparallelled and unmatched. I love you, we love, best to you and your family and thank you and Jack for everything for over 40 years.

  19. John B
    February 25th, 2013 at 16:47 | #19

    Amen Scott!@Scott Meyers

  20. John B
    February 25th, 2013 at 17:14 | #20

    Love the picture of the box seats at the Meyer.