Milwaukee To Iowa City

Cool building in Milwaukee

Cool building in Milwaukee

So we pulled into Milwaukee on a ‘day off,’ aka ‘travel day,’ and had time for some good food and a nice walk.

View from the bridge near the hotel

View from the bridge near the hotel

We were here to play the extremely cool Pabst Theater.

The plaque says it all

The plaque says it all

The Pabst is one of those extremely cool beautifully restored and maintained historic theaters that dot this great country of ours.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

Not only was it a great place to play, but the catering was out of this world. Now we need to thank Chef Lou Lou and her gang for the unbelievable and classy feed they fixed for us. Check this desert out.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

And check this menu out:

The plain menu

The plain menu

The artistic menu

The artistic menu

OK… we came… we ate… and we played. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 55, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Friday, July 18, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. The Terrible Operation
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Second Chances
8. Barbeque King
9. Children Of Zion
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Walkin’ Blues
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Come Back Baby

My son Zach joined us for Been So Long… cool beans.

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

Then it was off to Iowa City and the Englert Theater.

The lovely Englert Marquee

The lovely Englert Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

In Iowa City we were greeted by a myriad of old friends… and it is always good to see old friends.

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Here is our set list from the Englert last night:

Hot Tuna 56, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. In My Dreams
9. Barbeque King
10. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Follow The Drinking Gourd
12. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Vicksburg Stomp
3. Second Chances
4. Children Of Zion
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Years roll by… but old friends will always be old friends.

Downstairs at the Englert

Downstairs at the Englert

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Speaking of memories... check these names...

Speaking of memories... check these names...

That’s about it for now… off to the Twin Cities and the Dakota for two nights… four shows.

Who could it be now?

Who could it be now?

Foto by Phil Jacobs… self portrait… sort of…

Onward!

  1. Hamneggs
    July 20th, 2014 at 12:48 | #1

    Killer looking deserts
    Speaking of Been So Long, just passed Lincoln Schleifer while at my local super market. Kismet?
    Anyway hoping for a basic bass assault at some point to spruce up NY in Dec/Nov?
    Can 76 bass players fit on the beacon stage?
    … and the Ethical Society is a beautiful place for a show.
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  2. rich l.
    July 20th, 2014 at 15:11 | #2

    it’s odd, or maybe it’s just me, but Water song in Milwaukee sounded better than Water song at Space on Tuesday. While I enjoyed it Tuesday, it sounded as if it was the first time I heard that song in Milwaukee. How is that possible? Sea Child sure brought back some memories of yesterday when we were young.

    What song were you playing when the fire alarm went off? How many bands are so smokin’ hot they can set off the fire alarm? I guess that’s what results from from a fiery band with fiery fingers. Jorma, you looked bit nervous up there! (Did you notice not one fan left the theatre?) Barry and Jack just put their heads down and redoubled their efforts. The beeping sound and flashing lights seemed to inspire Barry.

    Vicksburg stomp is one hell of a song! All three of you seemed to be having a real good time with that romp into blue grass. You could tell Barry was pumped. Will the ukelele make the next album?

    The lead you play in Bar Room Crystal Ball is off the charts. i can’t think of any other way to describe it. How fortunate to hear it twice in one week performed live. Amongst the plethora of sounds that came out of that ‘more than and old guitar” that one sounded like it originated from Apollo’s lyre.

    I think that was the song that two guys behind us had a very annoying conversation going for the whole song. My sister turned around and asked them to put a lid on it, to no avail. A few minutes later she told them in no uncertain terms to “Shut Up,” in a very agitated voice. I thought to myself, this is weird, first the fire alarm and now I’m going to be getting into a brawl in the back of Pabst theatre at a Tuna concert. We relocated a few rows up, and thankfully enjoyed the rest of the show.

    Candy Man sounded so good. I wish I knew what that song was about. I always thought the one line was “running to the corner get the babies in bed,” not get the babies some beer.” And what’s a salted dog? Ah what the hell, it’s just fun to sing, eh?! Not everything in life has to have a meaning, does it?

    Thanks for a wonderful week in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. keep on trucking Hot Tuna.

  3. Joe in dc
    July 20th, 2014 at 17:56 | #3

    Excellent jorma. Love it.

  4. Scott Meyers
    July 20th, 2014 at 18:44 | #4

    Old Friends….”Sat on their park bench like Bookends”

  5. Wally
    July 20th, 2014 at 19:18 | #5

    Had a Great time last night. Great show all the way around. Water Song was Incredible as well as all the Rev. Gary. YEAH BUDDY!!!!

  6. johno
    July 20th, 2014 at 21:00 | #6

    @Scott Meyers
    Isn’t that Simon & Garfunkel?

  7. johno
    July 20th, 2014 at 21:11 | #7

    Jorma, you and your son Zach on the same stage doing ‘Been So Long’ – did you ever think in a million years!

  8. Tall Jim
    July 20th, 2014 at 23:15 | #8

    Thank you Jorma, Jack, and Barry. That was great. I really enjoyed the show. So did my just-turned 8 y.o. daughter. I’m passing along your great music to another generation. Wishing the best to all of you. Tall Jim

  9. HOGAN
    July 21st, 2014 at 07:58 | #9

    Jorma,

    “Our mission is to teach”….
    Can’t imagine the feeling you get when your son joins you on stage, I know how I feel when my children hit a milestone in there lives, very proud. Great song to do also, hope Myron’s showing him the ropes…..
    You might want to have Phil check out Ancestry.com quite a resemblance there…lol
    Have fun and enjoy your son.
    Take Care
    Hogan
    :)

  10. July 21st, 2014 at 10:48 | #10

    A pleasure as always, Jorma – thanks for coming back to Iowa City to play for us. It was great to meet Zach as well; he seems like a nice young man – hope he’s enjoying life on the road with Dad for a spell!

    Pete

  11. July 21st, 2014 at 11:11 | #11

    some great old songs you are bring back. So glad you get to play with your son. That must be an awesome feeling! Haven’t seen you guys since Mccabes back at the beginning of the year. I’m “Jonesing” for some Tuna. I will be attending Lockn this year with my brother and hope to catch your set.

  12. Jeff
    July 21st, 2014 at 11:47 | #12

    Awesome show at the Pabst! I loved how the band didn’t miss a beat when the alarm went off. I got a kick out of the Altamont comment after the song. Jack was absolutely on fire when he played his solos. The entire band was incredible, but there’s just something about Jack’s bass playing……

  13. July 21st, 2014 at 18:37 | #13

    @rich l.
    rich: I think the lyrics say “salty dog” and being this a g-rated blog. I couldn’t explain the meaning.

  14. Joe in dc
    July 21st, 2014 at 19:00 | #14

    I saw Zachary and tuna do been so long at the birchmere in va this past January. If my memory serves me I believe jorma said that this was the first time his son was playing on stage with tuna. I could be wrong; but …..

  15. Scott Meyers
    July 22nd, 2014 at 08:52 | #15

    Johno… Yes, that is in fact S&G. I said it response to JK’s comment about old friends.

  16. johno
    July 22nd, 2014 at 10:24 | #16

    I can’t imagine two better ‘old friends’ than Jack & Jorma.
    They go back decades together.

  17. carlo pagliano
    July 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 | #17

    Rock Them All High Tonight Jorma!

  18. johno
    July 22nd, 2014 at 16:51 | #18

    Though I don’t consider them old – age wise – sheez – both Jack and Jorma look no more than 55! They got good genes!

  19. cyndy consentino
    July 23rd, 2014 at 20:59 | #19

    Dear Jorma,
    Zach is a lovely young man, much like his wonderful dad!

    Safe travels,
    Cyndy