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A Remembrance And A Benefit For Marjorie Thompson’s Causes

Saturday, June 6
Notre Dame Hall, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 529 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY
6:30 p.m. doors / 8:00 p.m. show
Marjorie Thompson leaves legacy of kindness and accomplishment. Join Jorma Kaukonen and Michael Falzarano as they perform under the moniker, Kaukarano with multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff in tribute to Marjorie. Proceeds from this benefit concert will be donated to two worthy cold cap organizations: The Rapunzel Project and Cold Caps Assistance Projects.

Take note folks… our dear friend Marjorie Thompson has been gone nigh unto eight months now… may her memory be a blessing! I could go on and on about Marjorie… she was a friend, a mentor to many, a sharing artist… music being her medium… a mensch to say the least! She faced her trials in life head on and on her own terms. She enjoyed life to the fullest and as much as she loved her music, her family was always the wind beneath her wings. The last thing she said to me was, ‘Jorma, I’ve had a good year!’

We would like to take an evening to celebrate her life and raise some money for the aforementioned projects that were dear to her heart.

Michael Falzarano and I have been friends both on and off stage since the 70’s. We have driven many a van together on the road… checked into many hotel rooms and played on many stages. Our duo incarnation took on a life of its own and became Kaukarano… We’re putting the band back together for this momentous gig at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help… to raise some money for the aforementioned good works. Michael takes a break from the New Riders Of The Purple Sage for this gig.

Barry Mitterhoff and I have been musical buds for thirteen years… He came on board after Blue Country Heart… and here he is again with us… pickin’ for Marjorie and her cause.

Opening the show with four songs will be a great bunch of guys I met at the Fur Peace Ranch with Marjorie over a decade and a half ago. Bob Doherty, Pete Stern, Paul Karp and Greg Franklin have been making music together since we all discovered each other at the Ranch. There will be a lot of love at this show… and a lot of great music.

Now her friends and family join together in song and music to carry on in her spirit. Through her example of generosity and hard work we can indeed help those suffering and improve their lives.
Thank you for your support…and for helping us keep this important mission alive in Marjorie’s honor.

Here are a couple of places tickets can be obtained:

http://brooklyn-art.com/product.php?productid=16568&cat=0&page=1

http://furpeaceranch.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=53&products_id=1269

This is going to be a lot of fun for a great cause in remembrance of a great lady and an outstanding human being.

By the bye… major kudos to the Raccoon Lodge for promoting this show. I have known you all for decades… you are always doing great things for your community. Thanks so much for spearheading this night for Marjorie’s causes. You’re the best!

Folks, we sure hope to see you all there on June 6, 2015!

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  1. Brett
    May 21st, 2015 at 09:19 | #1

    Marjorie was truly a force of nature….one a kind….I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to partake of her amazing teaching skills….as well as her friendship and support

    Miss you Marjorie

  2. Dan
    May 22nd, 2015 at 16:39 | #2

    Marjorie must be all smiles over this

  3. Joey Hudoklin
    May 23rd, 2015 at 02:13 | #3

    I’m so happy you’re doing this benefit in Marjoried’s name.
    A terrific guitarist, wonderful interpreter of others material, and a great songwriter. But most of all, a really good person. Very helpful to me in my times at FPR.
    I’m sure it’s gonna be a ruckus crowd.
    I attended the last show at this venue. It reminded me of the 70’s. Except most everyone was considerably older.
    I’m grateful to be one of them.
    Have a good one Jorma, Michael, & Barry.
    The return of Kaukorano!

  4. May 23rd, 2015 at 07:24 | #4

    This will be a wonderful tribute to Marjorie. I saw Kaukorano back in the 90’s at the DeCordova Museum in Concord, Massachusetts. It was at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater where they shared the stage with David Wilcox and Livingston Taylor (James’ Brother). Falzarano was wearing his signature “TUNA” hat. The highlight for me was when they played a song called “Praise The Lord and Pass The Snakes”. At the end of the song Jorma and Michael threw about a dozen rubber snakes out into the crowd. It was Hissss-terical!!

  5. Raymond Arritt
    May 23rd, 2015 at 23:49 | #5

    What a wonderful person. I had the privilege to meet Marjorie at FPR in March 2014 and had no idea she was ill. It was such a shock to hear just a few months later that she had passed. She was such a genuinely nice person while being accomplished in so many things, be they music or academia.

    So sorry I can’t make the cross-country trek to be there!

  6. richu
    May 24th, 2015 at 16:50 | #6

    Interesting doc? do you still dabble with rubber snakes or acupuncture?

    @Dr. Joe FitzPatrick

  7. May 25th, 2015 at 15:58 | #7
  8. HOGAN
    May 26th, 2015 at 06:43 | #8

    Looking forward to the show and being back in Brooklyn again…..

    :)

  9. Steve Finkelstein
    June 8th, 2015 at 12:23 | #9

    Thank you so much to you, Vanessa, J.H. and the entire FPR staff for making the Memorial Concert such a memorable event. I know you guys worked really hard to put this show together. There was so much love in that gym, and it was more of a big celebration than it was a concert, with so many of Marjorie’s “kids” present in the hall. It was unlike any concert I have ever attended.

    It was also great to see you guys again and catch up a little bit.

    All in all, Marjorie would have loved it.