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A Trifecta Of Gigs In The Northeast!

Sold out in Beacon ag the Crier

Sold out in Beacon at the Crier

On Thursday last, Myron and I hopped into my Nissan Titan and drove up to Beacon, New York for our Friday gig at the Town Crier there. I haven’t played the Town Crier since it was in Pauling, New York… and that was well over a decade ago. Barry and I hadn’t played a Jorma duo show since Fall of last year so we were looking forward to the adventure. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 1, 2014
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York
Friday, March 28, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. True Religion
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Second Chances
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Barbeque King
10. Hesitation Blues
11. River Of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nice... nice

Nice... nice

Great fun was had by all. We are looking forward to getting back there again soon… perhaps even with Tuna.

Saturday we are in Brooklyn for a fundraiser put on by the Racoon Lodge. (That’s not a typo for Racoon… they avoid copyright infringements that way.)

Here I am with the Racoon gang... honorary member!

Here I am with the Racoon gang... honorary member!

This gig was a fundraiser for the Guild For Exceptional Children and was put on in the gym of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. We couldn’t advertise this one because of sundry arrangements with promoters we work for all the time, so this was strictly word of mouth. All would have been welcome, but we had a great turnout… almso a thousand people.

Fly the flag

Fly the flag

This gig also involved our good pal, Bill Kirchen, who put on a heck of a solo show as he always does. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 2, 2014
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help
Notre Dame Hall
Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Genesis
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. How Long Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Red River Blues
3. Trial By Fire
4. Good Shepherd
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Water Song
8. Uncle Sam Blues with Bill Kirchen
9. Talkin’ Bout Chicken with Bill Kirchen
10. Louis Collins with Bill Kirchen
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The men and women of this organization are always ready to do good works. Well done you guys!

Barry relaxes backstage at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

Barry relaxes backstage at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

This was not meant to be a secret… we just couldn’t advertise. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and contributed!

Sunday, Barry and I drove out to the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, New York. What a beautifully restored old theater. Class all the way, and sold out I might add. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 3, 2014
Suffolk Theater
Riverhead, New York
Sunday, March 30, 2014

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Trial By Fire
8. Prohibition Blues
9. Serpent Of Dreams
10. 99 year Blues
11. River of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Children Of Zion
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Vicksburg Stomp
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

After show we drove to Clark, New Jersey, spent the night and drove home to Ohio Monday morning.

Sold out in Suffolk!

Sold out in Suffolk!

A great weekend… and great to be back home for a bit.

  1. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2014 at 23:50 | #1

    Thanks Jorma — that explains it all.
    It was more than the reported 500 people, almost 1,000 is a good number.
    See, even though I didn’t know why it wasn’t advertised, I kept the non-secret, secret.

    Tomorrow morning, I will share the info, set-list and photos with my omelette.

  2. johno
    April 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 | #2

    Is OLPH a really big church on 4th or 5th avenue in bay ridge. If it is my grandmother lived on 62nd St. She used to take me there as a kid. Does that make me a raccoon?

  3. Barbara Jacobs
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 | #3

    “racoon”@johno

  4. johno
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:27 | #4

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Thanks ‘ooooooooo’

  5. Barbara Jacobs
    April 2nd, 2014 at 15:48 | #5

    What was that thing that Ralph and Norton did on The Honeymooners, with their
    raccoon hats?
    @johno

  6. Barbara Jacobs
    April 2nd, 2014 at 16:40 | #6

    Right, John B reminded me that it’s “WOOOOOO!”
    and both Ralph Kramden and Norton were members.

    I had to google it (although I must have seen those shows hundreds of times):
    They were members of the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons,
    located in Besonhurst, Brooklyn (Bensonhurst is, as I pointed out before;
    Bay Ridge adjacent).

    The official greeting handshake involved touching elbows (first right, then the left) followed by “WOOOOOO!” as they wiggled the raccoon tail on their lodge hat, followed by ” Brothers under the pelt!”

    Jorma: Did you and Kirchen get to keep your coonskin hats?

  7. John B
    April 2nd, 2014 at 19:00 | #7

    The Bay Ridge Raccoons were terrific. Very helpful and friendly.I will tell you that It was a wonderful night . The guy that won the guitar was overjoyed when he was up on the stage with Jorma. Everyone was so nice and of course the music was just outstanding.In June Tuna comes to my old hometown of Toms River NJ. I can’t wait !

  8. Barbara Jacobs
    April 2nd, 2014 at 19:16 | #8

    @John B
    I know and have heard how wonderful it was. Believe me, I would have been there,
    but I was out of town and unable to get back to NYC in time.

    Just to be able to attend the Beacon show in Nov. (or early Dec.) I have had to enlist Joe in D.C., to help by ordering a ticket for me. I’m going to be out of the USA and working, so I won’t be able to pay attention to ticket-sale dates and concert-date announcements.

    I’m going as a regular fan — just like you guys. Since I’m going to be hanging-out with you before the show, I’m not just going to be a “flat-leaver” when we get to The Beacon. It’s the first concert where I’m just going as a regular fan.
    I have to plan it with military precision and return to NYC a few days before
    (and I don’t even know the date, yet).

  9. Greg Martelli
    April 2nd, 2014 at 19:16 | #9

    Hello to all the Bay ridge Racoons
    I applaud Jorma&Barry for their kindness and support, of this venerable charity,
    I hope that dome of the parishioners that otherwise wouldn’t attend a Hot Tuna event enjoyed the groove at OLPH!!
    Always cool to merge sympathetic cultures .
    Keep your lamps trimmed and burning .

    Looking forward to Desert Rose band this weekend at the ranch!!

    So you wanna be a rock and roll star.
    Chris hillman in one of his many great iterations

    Keep on truckin,
    Greg

  10. Joe Chapman
    April 2nd, 2014 at 19:30 | #10

    Jorma, thank you, Barry, Bill, and the good Racoon folks for your support of the kids. As a single parent of an autistic daughter, it is gratifying to see people pull together to help these youngsters to scale new heights. A lot of my friends sported blue shirts today in honor of Autism Awareness Day. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to hitting FPR for Glass Harp and Moonalice in the coming months. God Bless!

  11. Hamneggs
    April 2nd, 2014 at 20:51 | #11

    Hello Ball!
    What’s apolopony ?
    and wasn’t it Stephen Foster and not Ed Norton who wrote that song.
    Good work fellas
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  12. Steven Levenson
    April 2nd, 2014 at 21:21 | #12

    Back in my “formative” years it would not have been unusual to spend an evening with my buddies, listening to Jorma in his different configurations till 11:30, when The Honeymooners came on on WPIX. I remember thinking that Ralph and Ed and Jack & Jorma were alike in that they were both two guys who did stuff I enjoyed the hell out of. 40+ years later and I still do.
    One of the reason Ralph was so invested in the Raccoons was members could be buried in the Raccoon National Cemetery located in Bismark, ND, causing Alice to remark that she’d always wanted to see the West.

  13. Andy K
    April 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 | #13

    I just saw that the boys are scheduled to play the Common Ground on the Hill Festival in MD on July 12th. Will that be Electric (hope so!)?

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 | #14

    LOL! That was such a funny show and the characters’ humor was very often centered around all of the special events, activities, places and destinations that were available to those Raccoon “brothers under the pelt”. @Steven Levenson

  15. johno
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 | #15

    Ralph would get mad at Alice and say ‘Bang Zoom To The Moon’

  16. Andy K
    April 3rd, 2014 at 14:38 | #16

    They don’t make TV shows like that anymore. It is a true classic! And how many Nortonisms did Kramer ‘borrow’ in Seinfeld e.g, his apartment entrance?

  17. April 3rd, 2014 at 15:35 | #17

    Nope Andy… that’s acoustic.

  18. Barbara Jacobs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 16:50 | #18

    Yes, I was going to point that out, how Norton’s entrance into Ralph’s apartment influenced the Seinfeld writers.

    So, we’ve shared our middle-age memories and also learned something new:
    Next time there’s another benefit that Jorma is going to do a show for:
    1) It isn’t a secret.
    2) We can tell each other, by -e-mail; just not on this website.
    3) We can get tickets and go see the show.

    If it’s another Bay Ridge show, we can meet before at a great restaurant that I go to there. Yes, there’s a happy hour and good food. There’s an indoor parking garage a couple of blocks away (it’s notoriously difficult to find a parking spot in Bay Ridge) and we can hop on the Fifth Ave. bus to the venue (a ten minute ride).@Andy K

  19. Barbara Jacobs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 16:55 | #19

    But they always hugged and made-up, at the end of the episode.@johno

  20. Hamneggs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 16:59 | #20

    hey don’t forget me up here in the North Country lol
    I’m a mass transit kind of guy when I’m not on my bicycle.so I won’t steal anybodies spot
    Peace
    Love All Ways
    @Barbara Jacobs

  21. Hamneggs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 16:59 | #21

    hey don’t forget me up here lol
    I’m a mass transit kind of guy when I’m not on my bicycle.so I won’t steal anybody’s spot
    Peace
    Love All Ways
    @Barbara Jacobs

  22. johno
    April 3rd, 2014 at 17:00 | #22

    ‘Baby you’re the Greatest’

    @Barbara Jacobs

  23. Barbara Jacobs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 17:55 | #23

    Of course I wouldn’t forget you! (if I did ,my omelette would never forgive me.)@Hamneggs

  24. Barbara Jacobs
    April 3rd, 2014 at 17:58 | #24

    That was his apology to Alice, for being such an annoying:
    “BLABBERMOUTH!”@johno

  25. HOGAN
    April 4th, 2014 at 13:07 | #25

    Dear Jorma,

    Just wanted to say thank you for an outstanding weekend of music and fun. I had such a blast at the shows. I thought you guys were Awesome at the Towne Crier, really neat place, Trial by Fire was the high light and also Seachild, then came the show in Brooklyn and you guys just rocked it, felt like old school again. Thank you to Bill, Barry and yourself for taking the time to do the show for the kids and their families and bringing out awareness to Autism which we seem to hear about more and more everyday.
    Thanks again and see you at the shows.
    Safe Travels
    Hogan
    :)

  26. johno
    April 4th, 2014 at 13:41 | #26

    You crack me up…

    @Barbara Jacobs

  27. Howard
    April 4th, 2014 at 14:54 | #27

    Woo Woo

  28. johno
    April 4th, 2014 at 15:33 | #28

    Woooo