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A ‘Day Off’ In Manhattan

November 21st, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments
Yesterday AM at the Fur Peace Ranch

Yesterday AM at the Fur Peace Ranch

We were going to get rolling early from the Fur Peace Ranch yesterday morning but the bus wouldn’t start. Ever taking the more optimistic view, we loaded up and by the time everything was on board… it started. Hmmm….

No trailor... everything got stuffed into the bays

No trailor... everything got stuffed into the bays

Vanessa and Izze were on board for this leg of the trip. This doesn’t happen often, so I as really looking forward to it.

A stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch

A stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch

There’s nothing like a Cracker Barrel stop at least once in every road trip… and here’s ours!

Moving right along… we got to the George Washington Bridge about 2230 and if I’d been paying attention to 1010 WINS, I would have known about the construction. Anyway, two hour later we got to our hotel in Manhattan. Good times in traffic!

Jack Casady, Matt Friedlander and myself

Jack Casady, Matt Friedlander and myself

This morning we had an interview to tape at ABC radio with Matt Friedlander. After this I went back to the hotel for a bit and the Phil and I took the train downtown to Rockefeller Plaza where Vanessa and Izze were ice skating.

The tree will be seen soon

The tree will be seen soon

The girls on the ice

The girls on the ice

After the gals got done with the ice, we walked around Manhattan for a while.

Shopping anyone?

Shopping anyone?

Yeah, it’s starting to get pretty whacked out on the streets here, but for an out of towner it’s a lot of fun.

With the Empire Bulding in the distance, we head towards dinner

With the Empire Bulding in the distance, we head towards dinner

With hunger overtaking us, we decided on Joe’s Shanghai for some soup dumplings and dinner. Delicious indeed. Now back at the hotel, it’s time to contemplate the set lists for the gig tomorrow at the Institute For Ethical Culture. Saturday night, of course, is the Beacon Theater.

Hope to see lots of you at both places.


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  1. Barbara Jacobs
    November 21st, 2013 at 21:00 | #1

    Enjoy New York, Jorma and family.
    Did you know that some of your blog fans will be at Malachy’s tomorrow, around 6pm, before the show?

  2. November 21st, 2013 at 21:22 | #2

    Looks like fun times in NYC. Flying in on the red eye from Ventura tonight and really looking forward to both shows! Haven’t missed a Beacon Electric show since I can’t remember and the fact that we get an acoustic show in a more intimate setting is icing on the cake. There are lots of us that are very excited! What can I say, it’s Hot Tuna in New York City! As our friend used to say it’s almost time for take off!!!!

  3. Hamneggs
    November 21st, 2013 at 21:41 | #3

    Welcome home!
    Happily going both nights.
    Friday with an old friend and saturday with my wife, and I’m sure a bunch of old and new friends.
    Jack, Jorma Peace Love ,joy and Blessings of laughter on all our friends and family.
    Joe Strummer once said at the worst a good rock and roll concert will get you through the next day’s work. Over the years you guys have gotten me through weeks. Thank You
    Peace Love All Ways
    Chauffer Blues

  4. Carole Eastham-Shera
    November 21st, 2013 at 21:45 | #4

    It’s all good– ENJOY!! You have all already made me feel the excitement– ThanQ

  5. Cyndy Consentino
    November 21st, 2013 at 22:02 | #5

    Dear Jorma,
    Welcome back to NYC!!
    Super psyched for Tuna on Saturday night!
    Can’t wait to see you guys!
    Enjoy NYC with Vanessa and Izze!

  6. Joey Hudoklin
    November 21st, 2013 at 22:10 | #6

    Hi Jorma. Can’t wait to hear you guys tomorrow & Sat.
    Two requests:
    Heart Temporary
    Sea Child
    If It Be Thy Will.
    Welcome to NYC
    Have a great time, wear it loosely.

  7. Lady Robin
    November 21st, 2013 at 22:45 | #7

    Sending Love to Everyone! I’ll be thinking of you and having happy thoughts of the Nutcracker, Angelina Ballerina…and all the joys of spending time with my girls in the City…. Best Wishes for another great show at the Beacon! XXOO

  8. johno
    November 21st, 2013 at 22:56 | #8

    Welcome to NY Jorma,Vanessa and Izze,
    And all you out-of towners.
    It is nuts but that’s what makes it fun. Have lots of fun.
    We’ll see you on Sat. Nite in the big city.
    Keep your Lamps!

  9. Joe in DC
    November 21st, 2013 at 22:56 | #9

    jorma- glad tuna made it….hear u soon..have fun

  10. johno
    November 21st, 2013 at 23:03 | #10

    p.s. you picked the best Chinese north of Chinatown.

  11. DJ
    November 22nd, 2013 at 04:53 | #11

    Hey J & J welcome back to NYC! Really lookin forward to Sat @ Beacon. Can’t wait to here some good old Jeffersonian airplane ;~)
    How bout VOLUNTEERS & FEEL SO GOOD?!?!
    Your #1 fan in NYC – over 35 years coming to your shows @ beacon, IMAC, Talkhouse, Bolton,etc., In college hitchhiked from Brockport to Olean PA w 2 roommates to see you.
    God bless, keep on playin that roots music too!

  12. Broken Hearted
    November 22nd, 2013 at 08:22 | #12

    Wasnt going to go to the shows this year even though I have tickets for both shows. My 23 year old son died last month to an overdose..My wife told me to go because she says he would have wanted me to go..We were going to the Beacon show together..So to honor him I will be there tonight and tomorrow…Rest in Peace my son…

  13. susan ansanelli
    November 22nd, 2013 at 09:34 | #13

    Yes hot tuna in NYC, it has become one of the few traditions I have. Yes I am excited. Seeing Tuna is like going home, family that binds us and many times we don’t even know each other’s name. It sounds like the guys are relaxed and I think it will rock. Hopefully enough love to keep me till the next tour@Doug Mlyn

  14. Hogan
    November 22nd, 2013 at 09:37 | #14

    Hey Jorma,

    The girls look great and Izze is growing up to be a fine young lady, you guys must be very proud. On the train heading down to the city, so looking forward to both shows this weekend, got great seats for the beacon. Rumor has it you will be doing some “Oldies but Goodies”…pretty excited then I get to come home and see you guys next Friday in Syracuse, what a great way to end the year. Looking forward to seeing my two life long friends, some new ones and missing some old one’s especially at the shows but creating new Tuna memories and I thank you for that. First stop Katz’s deli on Houston for a knish and chocolate egg cream…yum..can’t get that stuff in my neck of the woods…love the city run-ins,,,
    Take care and see you at the shows

  15. Joey Hudoklin
    November 22nd, 2013 at 15:49 | #15

    @susan ansanelli
    I agree, seeing Hot Tuna is like coming home. And boy, today do I ever need it.
    My people.

  16. Scott Meyers
    November 22nd, 2013 at 17:39 | #16

    Wish I were there to enjoy the festivities. I’ll be getting reports from my sources. Have a great show JK and JC and all my old and new HT friends.

  17. Rich G
    November 23rd, 2013 at 03:15 | #17

    Assuredly looking forward to tonight electrification at the Beacon and on the flip at Infinity on Wednesday 11/27 for some acoustic BTW lookin at some frosty weather for the Infinity show. The HT family is all welcome for a home cooked thanksgiving dinner if you get snowed I in!

  18. Hamneggs
    November 23rd, 2013 at 08:39 | #18

    Wow! What a show last night.
    Thank You
    Peace Love All Ways

  19. Steve
    November 23rd, 2013 at 08:56 | #19

    As the stars align and friends and family get closer for the annual Beacon rondezvox one can only hope and pray we will be blessed with some Bar Room Crystal Ball!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Tom
    November 23rd, 2013 at 10:39 | #20

    Ah…. Hot Tuna…Fall/Winter…NYC…something about that Feels So Good!

  21. Hamneggs
    November 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 | #21

    great version last night

  22. John B
    November 23rd, 2013 at 11:46 | #22

    Yep Jorma was doing some fine picking on that one @Hamneggs

  23. susan ansanelli
    November 23rd, 2013 at 12:19 | #23

    I had fun last night, and yep “Barroom crystal ball” rocked. It was also super hearing “I am the light of this world”.
    If by chance you might take a request, from an old die hard fan for tonight’s show, I would love to hear “feels so good”,it’s been a long time since I heard it live.
    I love you guys so much,thanks for a great show.
    To me electric Tuna is the best though, so tonight I figure should be WOW! As a rule, I try not to expect to avoid disappointment. I’m just enjoying technology and being able to share.


  24. John B
    November 23rd, 2013 at 12:39 | #24

    That’s the second time now you have mentioned the bus giving you problems. It was most likely all of the positive thoughts flowing your way from in and around New York City that helped get it started. Great show last night and the set list was terrific. Barbecue King and Barroom were just a few of the highlights for me. I wanted to buy one of those 50th anniversary shirts last night but all you had left were large and XL. I haven’t been an XL since I was three or years old so that won’t do. Did I see Zach there last night ? I thought I did. What happened with the guitar during Good Shepard ? Enjoyed a pre show meal at Malachys last night with Joey and there were many other Tuna fans there as well. We will be there again tonight. The food and service were terrific and the place smelled just as you would expect a dive bar to smell. Looking forward to tonight! @susan ansanelli

  25. Joey Hudoklin
    November 23rd, 2013 at 15:16 | #25

    @John B
    It was great to hear the band acoustic last night. Larrys’ solo on “Good Shepherd” was so powerful, I thought it broke Jormas’ guitar.
    I agree w/JohnB, “Barroom Crystal Ball”, & “BarBQ King” were highlights. I also thought “Let us get Together” was particularly Tuna inspired.
    I thought it was a little hard to hear Jormas’ guitar at times.
    Made a couple of new friends (thanx John) and had a wonderful time. My local buddies affectionately call Malachys “Stinky Bar”. It’s a real, old school establishment.
    Rock the Beacon!

  26. carlo pagliano
    November 23rd, 2013 at 18:36 | #26

    Theyโ€™re all in Jorma!
    Rock Them All to the Beacon Top.

  27. November 23rd, 2013 at 23:20 | #27

    I got tired of ” living in N.Y.C. , however, fun place to visit. Lots to see and do. Jorma, you are an Idol of mine and one of the best blue-grass guitarists in my eyes. I love your work dating all the way back to The Jefferson Airplane. I hope to see you perform live in person soon. May you live on and lift our spirits with your craft for another twenty years.

  28. jim hitchcock
    November 24th, 2013 at 01:07 | #28

    To all those beckoned to the Beacon, how I wish I was there with you.

    Barbara, seriously, you should write a column for the Village Voice. Channel your inner Nat Hentoff!

  29. Rich G
    November 24th, 2013 at 07:24 | #29

    Thank You Jorma, Jack, Skoota, Barry, Teresa and Larry for a true HFT Musical adventure last night at the Beacon. Really enjoyed “Somebody To Love” hope to hear some more timeless classics from that time in your career. Also Looking forward to old school Acoustic HT at Infinity Hall Thanksgiving Eve.
    Your music has saved this mortal soul for another day.
    PS if ya get snowed in on Wednesday night, I know a great place for the whole family for Thanksgiving dinner 8 miles away in North Canaan from 12-3pm at appropriately the Pilgrim House. My family and I go eat and donate time or food to this community dinner, plenty of great food and ALL are welcome.

  30. Joe in dc
    November 24th, 2013 at 10:11 | #30

    Tuna. Thanks much for a great weekend treat. Saw both shows. Got to see some old friends. Got to make some new friends. Spent one nite at malachays and one at Amsterdam ale. Missed meeting up with you John…next time… Now at penn station waiting for a bus back home south of the mason Dixon line to the commonwealth. Great NYC treat. Liked somebody to love best from beacon show. Onward. ……. …..and ms. Jacobs … Next show u need to get there…

  31. November 24th, 2013 at 10:16 | #31

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family… from our family to yours…

    Jorma and Vanessa

  32. johno
    November 24th, 2013 at 10:38 | #32

    @Broken Hearted
    I also send my thoughts and prayers…glad you came to the show.
    Keep your Lamps.

  33. Barbara Jacobs
    November 24th, 2013 at 15:08 | #33

    Hope the Tuna shows lifted your spirits.
    Sorry for your loss.@Broken Hearted

  34. Barbara Jacobs
    November 24th, 2013 at 15:15 | #34

    My inner Nat Hentoff has a story about the history of Manhattan.
    Neighborhoods, blocks, eateries, literary hang-outs, Museums and music venues.
    I remember back in the early 1980’s when The Beacon was slated for demolition.
    It’s a grand and historical survival.
    @jim hitchcock

  35. Barbara Jacobs
    November 24th, 2013 at 15:19 | #35

    O.K., Joe!@Joe in dc

  36. Rich G
    November 24th, 2013 at 16:32 | #36

    So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what your feeling being a Dad of Three young men, one a Marine and twins that are 1st responders and firefighters. I was fortunate to have one accompany me to the show. I am glad you went and hope your spirits were lifted as were mine. I lost my Dad in September and really needed the energy only Hot Tuna could give. I am sure your son was smiling over you. @Broken Hearted

  37. Broken Hearted
    November 24th, 2013 at 18:16 | #37

    Thanks Jorma,Vanessa,and everyone for your thoughts..The shows helped lift my spirit..

  38. John B
    November 25th, 2013 at 10:34 | #38

    In my prayers Broken….. @Broken Hearted

  39. John B
    November 25th, 2013 at 10:48 | #39

    Next time Joe @Joe in dc