Rio And KPIG

Yesterday Barry Mitterhoff and I (after traveling 15 hours the day before) drove from San Francisco to Watsonville to to a live spot on KPIG the legendary public station. We played a couple of songs and then drove back up the coast to Santa Cruz for our gig at the Rio Theater. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 19, 2013
The Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California
Saturday, July 13, 2013

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Come Back Baby
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Barbeque King
13. I See The Light
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Am the Light Of This World
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

My good friend Robert Lee, a fine luthier and dear old friend has just finished making the first Jorma Kaukonen model electric guitar. I took delivery yesterday and this beauty will be making its debut on the upcoming Hot Tuna Summer Electric Tour. When I get home tomorrow, I’ll upload some pictures.

Good times… always good times.

On to Mendocino and the Mendocino Music Festival!

  1. Chief
    July 14th, 2013 at 13:11 | #1

    See you soon in Mendocino! Thanks for coming up!!!!

  2. Doug Mlyn
    July 14th, 2013 at 14:16 | #2

    Amazing show last night Barry Manalow really rocked it. Especially I see the light and lamps. Whole show was amazing!!!!!

  3. Cyndy Consentino
    July 14th, 2013 at 15:06 | #3


    Can’t wait to see the new guitar!
    See you next Saturday at State Theater!

    Be well,

  4. John B
    July 15th, 2013 at 09:14 | #4

    I have been to Watsonville CA. Watsonville is the artichoke capital of the world as well as the home of KPIG. That whole area is just beautiful . The town of Gilroy ; not far from Watsonville is the garlic capital of the world and the was the home of my favorite radio station of all time which was K F A T . What a station that was . When you approach Gilroy all you can smell for miles and miles around is garlic . And of course there is the garlic festival. See you in New Brunswick for the opening date of the electric tour and i hope the debut of your new guitar Jorma. Thanks for mentioning Watsonville , it brought back many memories for me.

  5. July 15th, 2013 at 11:08 | #5

    @John B
    John: Have you been to Castroville. The artichoke capital. Gotta try the deep fried artichokes!

  6. Ben
    July 15th, 2013 at 11:29 | #6

    Hmmmm…. do I need a new electric guitar?

  7. John B
    July 15th, 2013 at 11:46 | #7

    @doug mlyn

    @doug mlyn
    I’ve driven thru Castroville. Do i have Watsonville and Castroville confused then? I am overdue for a visit to the Golden State. Last time there i took my dad and son to Yosemite ; Death Valley ; Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. What a trip that was. I was finally able to convince my dad to go out west with me on a trip. I am happy i was so persistant as dad passed away within two years of the conclusion of our trip. My son and i climbed Moro Rock togeather and i encountered a black bear and her cub in Sequoia !

  8. Music Fan
    July 15th, 2013 at 12:41 | #8


    I just wanted to try and reach out and thank you for an autograph of a book you gave me at the Keswick Theater gig on June 14th. See, that was two days after my birthday and it was my father’s birthday present to me (my father has seen Hot Tuna hundreds of times). He also gave me the book written by Jeff Tamarkin, “Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane”. My father and I were walking towards the venue on the beautiful Friday evening when we crossed paths with Barry walking towards the tour busses. My father yelled out, “Hey Barry!” This quickly got his attention and he turned and said hello. We both mentioned how excited we were for the show and wished him luck onstage, when Barry noticed the book my father had just given me in my hand (I was bringing it into the venue to read until the band started to play). Barry asked if I’d like to have it signed by Jorma and Jack and I tried to contain my excitement as he took it from me and walked into the bus. Two minutes later I had my copy of “Got a Revolution” complete with a message that read “To Paul, Happy Birthday, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy”. See, I live in rural Alaska during most of the year, and only make it home for a short time during the Summer. Which means, I don’t get to see my father that much. We also don’t spend that much time together in general anymore, but I know that getting the autograph and message from you made that singular night of my summer unforgettable for not just me, but for him as well. It was special, and although you and Jack may not have recognized it when you jotted down the message and your signatures, you had reaffirmed the ability that a father can still have to wow and excite his son even on his 24th birthday. Plus, after reading this article

    I understand how important and special it was.

    Thank you Jorma, Jack, and especially Barry! And I thought you played a great show! I’ve seen you with Jack and Barry during acoustic sets 4 times now, and I LOVE the shows. You still have the passion, the music, and most importantly the love, that’s why I go.

  9. Bob K
    July 15th, 2013 at 15:00 | #9

    wow – can’t wait to see that baby in action next Monday.

  10. John B
    July 15th, 2013 at 15:22 | #10

    @Cyndy Consentino
    Tunultys Pub or Harvest Moon

  11. Cyndy Consentino
    July 15th, 2013 at 22:30 | #11

    Harvest Moon at 6 pm?@John B

  12. Dusty
    July 16th, 2013 at 06:14 | #12

    Is “Hank” still scheduled to appear with you in New Brunswick?

  13. John B
    July 16th, 2013 at 10:20 | #13

    I will most likely get there around 6 30.

  14. July 16th, 2013 at 12:15 | #14

    @Music Fan
    great story Paul. Jorma, Jack and Barry are what this world needs more of. I won’t elaborate

  15. johno
    July 16th, 2013 at 12:56 | #15

    @Music Fan
    very cool – that’s the way it is with HT. they have been so kind to me for over 40 years. Thanks guys! p.s. have fun in Alaska.

  16. John B
    July 16th, 2013 at 14:35 | #16

    Thanks Paul , wiping a tear . I will miss over the upcoming months . Next summer we will do it again. @Music Fan

  17. Cyndy Consentino
    July 16th, 2013 at 21:36 | #17

    No worries! 6:30 fine! message me on FB -are you onFB?@John B

  18. John B
    July 17th, 2013 at 08:56 | #18

    No facebook for me Cyndy @Cyndy Consentino

  19. John B
    July 17th, 2013 at 08:56 | #19

    Are you going to the Patchogue show? @Cyndy Consentino

  20. Cyndy Consentino
    July 17th, 2013 at 13:08 | #20

    Ok, post what you will be wearing, look like, etc, so can find you at Harvest Moon!
    No , I am not going to Patchogue.@John B

  21. John B
    July 17th, 2013 at 15:33 | #21

    I will wear my black Jorma T shirt . The one with the big smile and the gold tooth. So this will eliminate anyone wearing a collared shirt or a colored T shirt. White shorts and sandals.Should you encounter someone wearing long pants or shorts of ANY OTHER COLOR Cyndy you may feel confident that it isn’t me. I will wear black sandals with the letters O P in yellow embossed on them. I must caution you though to Please be careful should you try to identify me by my footwear as this could lead to an unfortunate collision between you and some poor soul. My hair ; what is left of it ; i prefer to call silver though others would call it gray. It hasn’t gone completely over but i think you get my point. Unlike in days gone by i keep it short. No facial hair , no beard no moustache. Anyone that is overly tall or unusually short ; vertically challenged in todays vernacular; should not be considered either. Definately not thin nor heavy but i could stand to lose a few more pounds. Thats about it i guess. I wish you luck and depending upon your powers of observation i will see you on Saturday evening. ref=”#comment-15274″>@Cyndy Consentino

  22. John B
    July 17th, 2013 at 16:03 | #22

    Or i could just make it easy and where a name tag. What is your preference? @Cyndy Consentino

  23. Cyndy Consentino
    July 17th, 2013 at 18:49 | #23

    Hey John, I’m sure I will find you with the description given! Does Harvest Moon have a bar area? I have never been there.@John B

  24. John B
    July 17th, 2013 at 19:57 | #24

    I have never been there either and this will be my first trip to the State Theatre. Really looking forward to this show. I am told that Harvest Moon does have a bar area. @Cyndy Consentino

  25. Cyndy Consentino
    July 17th, 2013 at 21:43 | #25

    Ok, John , see you then!@John B

  26. Fred Reitman
    July 17th, 2013 at 22:39 | #26

    No Houston stop? Seems long overdue. We’d love to see you again. I for one would love to see electronic HT.

  27. Joey hudoklin
    July 18th, 2013 at 09:03 | #27

    Is this becoming, or has become, a personal, social hook-up site?
    I thought maybe that’s what personal e-mail addresses are for.
    You can’t always get what you want, but I look to this site for intriguing, interesting information & observations regarding Hot Tuna, Jorma and perhaps (I shudder to say) even deeper topics of the soul & life in general. I left my personal e-mail on one of my last comments, as an offer to hook-up at a show, with no return.
    It is nice to be able to look to this site for things that we can ALL share, rather than just the personal plans of a few. Nuff-said.

  28. Cyndy Consentino
    July 18th, 2013 at 10:46 | #28

    Hi Joey,
    This blog is for all things Hot Tuna, and sometimes ( rarely) people like to make plans to meet up before a show,
    and this may be the only outlet for people to do so, as not everyone is on Facebook, or wants to share a personal email address.
    Sometimes people like to post things that are not even related to Tuna, and if i’m not interested in it, I just don’t read it.
    Sorry if anyone was offended

    @Joey hudoklin

  29. johno
    July 18th, 2013 at 11:24 | #29

    @Cyndy Consentino
    ok, now that we all know what John B looks like – what do you look like? now you got our attention!


  30. HOGAN
    July 18th, 2013 at 13:41 | #30

    Hey Jorma,

    Can’t wait to hear the new guitar. I bet some “old school” “Walkin Blues” would sound sweet on that bad boy…Just sayin…lol.
    Looking forward to Stroudsberg and Harrisburg next week.
    Take Care and Safe Travels.

  31. Barbara Jacobs
    July 18th, 2013 at 15:01 | #31

    Here’s the easy way to meet, pre-show (or any other situation where each person doesn’t know what the other looks like):

    First person to arrive: Goes into bar. Introduces themselves to the bartender and informs him/her of the name of the person they are expecting.

    Second person to arrive: Does the same.
    Go over and introduce yourself:

    “Hi Cyndy, I’m John B.”

    Joey: Don’t lose faith in potential friendship/meeting scenarios.

    Bartender says: “Oh, —– (fill in the name) is over there>”.

  32. johno
    July 18th, 2013 at 16:04 | #32

    Joey doesn’t have any problems – it’s John B. But what if there’s 2-3 bartenders.
    Now we got Dear Abby. Hope to see that new guitar down by the beach on Sunday – Crank it up Jorma!!!

  33. joe levine
    July 18th, 2013 at 18:24 | #33

    Hey Music Fan…glad you and ur dad got to see Tuna. I lived up North in Alaska from the late 1980’s – early 1990’s… My son was born there… As a result of living in the Land of Extremes I did miss out on seeing a bunch of Tuna shows, however, the experience of the North was well worth the missed shows, with the Northern Lights, sled dog races, being totally 110% in the middle of nowhere where there may not be a soul around for 100 miles in any direction…you live in the Bush and know what I mean…Just saying glad u had the chance to see tuna…it takes a huge effort to travel to the Lower 48 and glad u had the Hot f’ing Tuna experience while u were here…

  34. Barbara Jacobs
    July 18th, 2013 at 19:45 | #34

    Dear Abby says: Chill it out, johno.

    The bartender will ask the others if there’s more than one.
    If it’s a place that serves food at tables, a hostess can do the same thing.
    I’m sure it won’t be the first time the staff at Harvest Moon has done that for customers.
    It’s S.O.P for bar/restaurant staff. People go there to be social.

  35. jim hitchcock
    July 18th, 2013 at 20:28 | #35

    Ann Landers holding her reply in check…

  36. Joey hudoklin
    July 19th, 2013 at 07:50 | #36

    Good grief.
    How selfish of me.
    Live and let live.
    No offense intended.

  37. Joey hudoklin
    July 19th, 2013 at 07:56 | #37

    Too funny.

  38. Barbara Jacobs
    July 19th, 2013 at 13:42 | #38

    jimannlanders, you are a social person.
    It’s nice to meet fellow fans at a nearby bar/restaurant/coffee shop before the show.
    I see that quite a few here drive to out-of-town Tuna gigs. They get there a bit early and would like to meet-up. Share some Tuna concert memories. They may find that they have other things in common.

    Get offa’ your mouse, outta’ the house and meet people in person!
    Have a real-life conversation. @jim hitchcock