Shizuoka To Osaka

Oddly enough, in some ways Shizuoka reminded me of Santa Cruz, California. Not visually, but the head space. Lovely place to visit and play!

Freaky Show rocks!

Freaky Show rocks!

Jack with the great folks whose child Freaky Show is

Jack with the great folks whose child Freaky Show is

His name in 'lights'

His name in 'lights'

We walked up the street to get something to eat at the Pimpers Paradise. Some of the best pizza I’ve had, and I’ve had plenty!

Mmmmm.... Pizza

Mmmmm.... Pizza

The boys take the stage

The boys take the stage

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 38, 2014
The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Club Freakyshow
Shizuoka, Japan
Saturday, April 26, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Know You When Youโ€™re Down & Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Been So Long
6. Keep On Trucking Mama
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. Hesitation Blues
10. How Long Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Iโ€™ll Be All Right Someday
4. Watch The Northwind Rise
5. Good Shepherd
6. River Of Time
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Candy Man
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Telling the story

Telling the story

Foto by Doug Allsopp

Casady on fire!

Casady on fire!

Foto by Doug Allsopp

This was a great gig in a small, but very intense house. We’ll come back anytime.

Walking back to the hotel after the gig

Walking back to the hotel after the gig

My palatial estate

My palatial estate

In the morning… it’s up and getting ready for the trip to Osaka.

All this and parking too?

All this and parking too?

Well, we packed the van and headed out for Osaka. On the way we stopped at a rest area that had a farmer’s market and all kinds of good stuff.

Good times... good food!

Good times... good food!

Jack pauses for a Starbucks

Jack pauses for a Starbucks

Finally we arrived in Osaka… in time for a walk and dinner.

Golden Dragon Ramen Joint... yeah buddy

Golden Dragon Ramen Joint... yeah buddy

You don't have sights like this in Pomeroy, Ohio

You don't have sights like this in Pomeroy, Ohio

Osaka by night

Osaka by night

Today we have a radio show at noon and tonight we play Janus around the corner from the hotel.

So far so good… more anon…

  1. Kenny Amanuma
    April 27th, 2014 at 22:57 | #1

    Jorma and the rest of the gangs,
    Enjoy the rest of your staying and playing in my country.
    Looking fiorward for more stories and pics ahead!!

    Kenny Amanuma

  2. carlo pagliano
    April 27th, 2014 at 23:10 | #2

    Wow Jorma what beautiful scenes.
    What frames so different from Ozu’s visions. Bet just out in the countryside they unveil again, perfect opposite laid in perfect harmony, plus Tuna’s paramount harmonies, Japan is a complete triumph now of Land and Music.
    Steady As She Goes Jorma and Jack!
    Rock Them All High Tonight Tuna!

  3. HOGAN
    April 28th, 2014 at 07:22 | #3

    Wow….North Wind Rise… Hope to get to hear that song again someday, the set lists look great. Looks like you guys are having a good time, always good to have fun at work….Enjoy the rest of the tour.
    Be Safe

  4. johno
    April 28th, 2014 at 08:37 | #4

    Love that poster…and Jack looks like he’s rockin’ Japan. Careful.

  5. Mayumi Ichikawa
    April 28th, 2014 at 09:01 | #5

    Dear Jorma
    I’m Mayu. My husband and I were boss of the show of Shizuoka (lol). We talked about it when we were having dinner with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can see us in the second picture(Jack gave a big smile to us).
    We really appreciate your great performance and your kindness. We had a great fun time.
    We hope that you will have a good time with Japanese fan in Japan.
    Have a good trip!
    Sincerely yours,

  6. John B
    April 28th, 2014 at 10:32 | #6

    Strong set list Jorma. A North Wind rise at the Toms River show would be nice.

  7. April 28th, 2014 at 12:19 | #7

    Sweet set list!!! “Watch the North Wind Rise,” definitely one of my favs from back in the day.

  8. Richard
    April 28th, 2014 at 17:46 | #8

    Awesome pictures!Gotta get one of those Casady on fire for my cave.Yes Yes

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    April 28th, 2014 at 18:46 | #9

    Yoshi is excited and delighted!
    He’s been to almost every show ,with his friends in each city.
    He doesn’t do blog-post comments, he’s kind of shy and he only talks to me via telephone calls; so I can actually hear the pleasure of his voice and his reports.

  10. Kevin
    April 28th, 2014 at 19:04 | #10

    Yeah buddy!!! Didn’t realize so many loved Watch the Northwind Rise. Thought I was the only one who loved it and wondered why we never get to hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Barbara Jacobs
    April 28th, 2014 at 19:27 | #11

    pssst, Greg Martelli:
    please see my reply to your comment, April 24th “A Yokohama Landing”

    I think that Jorma/Tuna songs, being performed in Japan, have that same effect on the Japanese fans who have the pleasure of attending these excellent shows.

    “Cos I’m a Muswell hillbilly boy,
    but my heart lies in old West Virginia
    Never seen New Orleans, Oklahoma, Tennessee;
    still I dream of the Black Hills
    that I ain’t never seen…

    …Though my hills are not green,
    I’ve seen them in my dreams
    take me back to those Black Hills,
    that I have never seen…”

  12. Barbara Jacobs
    April 29th, 2014 at 21:16 | #12

    Did you make tee-shirts for that show?
    If so, can we order those tee-shirts online, from you?@Mayumi Ichikawa

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    April 29th, 2014 at 21:32 | #13

    If you did not, but have asked Jorma to approve special tee-shirts:
    please make them in sizes: extra-large;
    extra-extra large;
    and extra extra extra-large;
    All-cotton material.
    (They shrink when they are washed and that is the way we like it: extra large; extra, extra large and even extra, extra, extra-large size:
    also known as:
    “extra-large” (USA: small size)

    “extra-large-2″ (USA: medium size)
    extra-large-3” (USA :large size).

    “extra, extra-large” would be: (USA : extra-large+plus size).

    If Jorma and Vanessa agree to this deal: from all of the venues where Jorma and Jack have graced your stages,
    the tee-shirts would be available to us, to order, here in the USA.

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    April 29th, 2014 at 21:38 | #14

    Because: I would be happy to wear, for instance:
    a “Freaky Show Hot Tuna Japan–2014” tee-shirt; on the beach this summer.
    Simple black-on-white color.

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    April 29th, 2014 at 22:03 | #15

    Seriously, Vanessa:
    white tee-shirts, with black type:

    on the front:
    “Hot Tuna Japan 2014”
    on the back:
    “Freaky Show
    Shizuoka Japan

  16. Mayumi Ichikawa
    April 29th, 2014 at 23:37 | #16

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Hi Barbara
    Unfortunately,I didn’t make a t-shirt for Japan tour.
    I just only supported the show in Shizuoka.
    Buffalo Record is supporting whole tour. But they didn’t make a t-shirt for this tour.
    “Freaky show” is the name of the venue in Shizuoka.
    Do you make a t-shirt?

  17. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 01:34 | #17

    That is O.K.
    because Vanessa and Jorma can make that tee-shirt and sell it on this Jorma Kaukonen website!

    “Freaky Show” is a great name for your venue and also a great name to have on a tee-shirt, with “Hot Tuna Japan Tour 2014”, on the front of the shirt;
    and on the back of the shirt:
    “Freaky Show
    Shizuoka, Japan”

    I love this idea and maybe Jorma and Vanessa will make the tee-shirt and feature it on this website, for sale to all of the Jorma/ Hot Tuna fans, all around the USA.@Mayumi Ichikawa

  18. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 02:20 | #18

    See, Vanessa?!
    Mayunmi’s venue: Freaky Show;
    does not seem to be in any conflict with the promoter of the Japan tour.

    If there is no deal for this Japan tour tee-shirts (and if you can only do one shirt — “Freaky Show” venue is an excellent, catchy name to have on a Tuna/Japan
    2014 tee-shirt.)

  19. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 02:31 | #19

    I am a publicist and I do Public Relations, and although Jorma is my friend;
    the decision to make tee-shirts and sell them on this Jorma website, is for Jorma and Vanessa to decide.

    If I had the choice to make a tee-shirt with the “Jorma/Hot Tuna” name brand —
    I would do it.
    I love, love, love:
    “Freaky Show” venue name.

    I also love, love, love Jorma/Hot Tuna.

    I would wear that tee-shirt around the world in my travels:
    At the beach in Long Island, New York;
    all around Europe, every place that I go to travel.

    It is a very cool idea for a tee-shirt, so I hope that Jorma and Vanessa would like to make the tee-shirt and offer it here on Jorma’s website, for sale to all of the fans who would like to buy it and wear it.

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 03:22 | #20

    I would send those “Hot Tuna 2014 Freaky Show Shizuoka, Japan” tee-shirts to
    my friend Drew Nieporent (owner of the Nobu retaurants) and to Drew’s Nobu co-owners: Robert De Niro and to Nobu Matsuhisa.

    I think it would be a nice touch, to have the name “Hot Tuna”, translated into Japanese, to include on the tee-shirt.

  21. johno
    April 30th, 2014 at 10:22 | #21

    By the time the shirts are made – the ‘freaky tour’ will be over.
    Good idea but the timing is off.
    HT is Rockin’ them good in Japan.

  22. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 17:26 | #22

    It doesn’t matter.
    A concert/show tee-shirt is a commemorative item.
    That’s why they are sold, same as other concert merch.
    Tee-shirts are collectables and are the greatest form of “walking advertisements”.

    Tee-shirts are never “timing off”. Tee-shirts from overseas shows are the most
    valuable and are a great conversation-starter whenever/ wherever they are worn.
    They live on, almost forever, depending on wear-and-tear.

    My Jorma “front porch man” tee-shirt was worn so often (I used to sleep in it)
    that each washing made it softer and better. I always packed it in my luggage, when I went out-of-town. That tee-shirt traveled the world with me.
    It got to the point where it was so worn-out, that the little holes in it became bigger. Many Customs Agents throughout the world, held it up; while inspecting my luggage. They looked at the shirt — then looked at me. I was smiling and as that shirt became more “holey”, I got some curious looks from the Customs Agents.

    My boyfriend finally threw it out, after it was hanging together (literally) by a thread. ( Although, before that happened, I wanted to mail it to Jorma and Vanessa, in order to have it buried in the hallowed ground of FPR.)

    It lasted many years and served me well: first as my beach tee-shirt, then as my sleep tee-shirt.@johno

  23. johno
    April 30th, 2014 at 18:09 | #23

    I have over 500 T-shirts and over 100 hats – including several HT shirts & hats. One more is not going to make a difference unless your as big as a blimp. Which I don’t think u are.

    @Barbara Jacobs

  24. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 19:13 | #24

    Each tee-shirt (or hat) that you purchased, was because you wanted to take home
    an item from whichever show where you bought it.
    Why would you “have over 500 T-shirts and over 100 hats”, now in your collection?

    I’m not “as big as a blimp”. I don’t wear all of my collection of tee-shirts –ALL AT ONE TIME! (and I have way more than 500 concert tee-shirts).

    Have you ever even considered that, perhaps, there are people (much younger than you and I ) who are starting their own collections of concert/show tee-shirts?

    johno: It seems that your (self-described, here on an earlier blog discussion)
    “middle-age crisis” has you back in Cranky Town.
    Chill out, man!@johno

  25. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 19:22 | #25


    To Mayumi:
    Do you now have any tee-shirts, made for your venue: “Freaky Show”?
    If you do, please let me know because I would like to purchase some from you.

    If you do not:
    I suggest that you make some, with the name of your venue: “Freaky Show”,
    and include on the tee-shirt:
    “Freaky Show Shizuoka Japan”

  26. jim hitchcock
    April 30th, 2014 at 20:07 | #26

    Front porch man? Sounds like Blue Country Heart.

  27. johno
    April 30th, 2014 at 21:08 | #27

    sorry I missed my anti-depressant
    @Barbara Jacobs

  28. johno
    April 30th, 2014 at 21:20 | #28

    Most of my shirts and hats are either car-related, racing related and golf related with only about 50 concert related. I spent a lot of time golfing and I worked for an automobile related magazine – I’m watching a ranger game now hence ‘no caps’. Later.

  29. cyndy consentino
    April 30th, 2014 at 22:03 | #29

    Dear Jorma,

    Love all the great pics and set lists of the shows in Japan!
    Once again ,thanks so much for sharing.
    Now I want to have some Soba too!!

    Stay well and travel safe!

  30. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 23:12 | #30

    Every heart can be a good heart,especially@jim hitchcock
    a Blue Country Heart.

  31. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 23:13 | #31

    O.K. please try to get back on your regular intake.@johno

  32. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2014 at 23:14 | #32

    You have your collections — and I have mine.@johno