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Last Two Gigs Of 2015

December 21st, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments
First snow back home

First snow back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Morning view from the porch back home

Morning view from the porch back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep folks, in spite of El Nino back in Southeast Ohio, a little snow fell. Now I realize there won’t be a white Christmas back home this year… still and all there was a little seasonal white. Meanwhile… out on the road…

Here it is the end of 2015 already and I just finished my last two gigs of the year.

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Love this place… The Old Town School was iconic for me when I was at Antioch in 1959… and it’s an honor to play there today!

Jorma Kaukonen 48, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, December 19, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Barbeque King
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Full Go Round
3. Living In The Moment
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Serpent of Dreams
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then yesterday morning, into the truck and off to Ann Arbor and the Ark.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacob

I had great sound tonight… for a great bunch of people.

Jorma Kaukonen 49, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Ark
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunday, December 20, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Living In The Moment
7. Sea Child
8. Come Back Baby
9. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. How Long Blues
12. Candy Man
13. Keep Our Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Barbeque King
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Genesis

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Zach and Myron watch the Steelers put the finishing touches on the Broncos…

A fine little run… time to close up the suitcases and head for home!

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  1. Brett
    December 21st, 2015 at 09:32 | #1

    The VERY Best to you are yours throughout the rest of the Holiday Season and 2015 Jorma !!

    See ya next year


  2. December 21st, 2015 at 11:43 | #2

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to what 2016 brings our way!

  3. rich l
    December 21st, 2015 at 13:44 | #3

    I hesitate to say this, but I think we were gypped (one hell of a scrabble word) on Saturday. Where do I go to get my money back? There was a clock up on stage that I observed now and again. The show started promptly at 7pm and ended at 9:55 -what the heck, you could played one more encore Jorma! C’mon, roll up the sleeves and put some elbow grease into it.

    Obviously, I jest. Still, after 25 songs, I was hollering for more. Almost 2.5 hours of music, and still, so many great songs left unsung. For those of us fortunate enough to be in attendance on Saturday, it seemed we were also blessed with a little more kibitzing than usual. It was almost as good as the songs in many ways. I loved the story about the guy in the Cubby Bear Lounge – on the way home my brother and I were wondering if he was exhorting you on, over served, or just wanted to hear more Rev Gary.

    Throughout the course of the night, I heard three bottles hit the floor by us – brought back memories of the first “Hot Tuna” album. In fact, I think you might have said, “Wrong song,” when one of the bottles hit the floor. So Tuna fans, what song did you hear the breaking glass on the first album?

    Admittedly, I had to ask my sister what you said to make the audience laugh a lot, my hearing aids couldn’t pick up a lot of the punch lines. I think I took the advice of “Play at full volume for maximum effect” too seriously when I listened to the Tide album, America’s Choice as a youth. It was either that or Ted Nugent’s 10 minute “Hibernation” jam. I can recall my dad asking me more than once, “Is there something wrong with the volume control on your stereo?”

    Another thing I took note of, was how good your voice sounded throughout the evening – powerful is probably a better description. Your vocals resonated on so many songs. I’m not a musician, thus pretty clueless, but just how hard is it to sing 23 songs in an evening? Although I must say, I really missed Teresa’s vocals on “When There’s Two There’s Trouble.”

    Another thing I liked was when you’d be monkeying around with some notes or chords before breaking into a song. It left me, and I suspect many others, guessing -what was coming next. Guess that tune.

    If I had to pick out one favorite song of the night, it would have been Sea Child. It caught me by surprise. Let Us Get Together, Right Down Here was well played also. Of course, I could go on and on…

    Certainly more than one that “made my heart rejoice.”

  4. johno
    December 21st, 2015 at 15:50 | #4

    @rich l
    The song on the first album that had the famous broken glass was “Uncle Sam Blues”

  5. John Woodward
    December 21st, 2015 at 16:30 | #5

    What a lovely way to close out the year. Hope you play Knoxville in 2016

  6. rich l
    December 21st, 2015 at 17:41 | #6

    Ha! I figured someone would come up with that. I feel like I should give you some sort of prize.

  7. Barbara Jacobs
    December 21st, 2015 at 21:22 | #7

    “First snow back home”;
    Great photo, Vanessa!

  8. Hogan
    December 23rd, 2015 at 07:05 | #8


    Hope your day brings countless joy and happiness.
    Thank you for bringing laughter, joy, music and memories to our lives.
    Hope you and your family and crew have a wonderful holiday.
    See you in “2016”

  9. December 23rd, 2015 at 07:34 | #9

    Happy 75th Birthday Jorma…Health and Happiness to you and your family today and throughout the New Year. Thank you for all you do…

  10. George Henn
    December 23rd, 2015 at 11:16 | #10

    Happy Birthday Jorma!

  11. johno
    December 23rd, 2015 at 11:24 | #11

    Happy Birthday Jorma – many many more – Sto Lat!!!

  12. December 23rd, 2015 at 14:32 | #12

    Happy Birthday! see you at the “annual” McCabes next month!

  13. eaglesteve
    December 23rd, 2015 at 14:53 | #13

    Happy #75 Captain………and many more

  14. Joey Hudoklin
    December 23rd, 2015 at 15:56 | #14

    Happy Birthday Jorma!
    I’m so very glad you’re still here, and vital!
    Your music keeps getting better, more refined.
    All the best, and Happy New Year to you, your family, Jack, and all those who help make possible what you do.

  15. john b
    December 23rd, 2015 at 16:01 | #15

    Happy Birthday Jorma.

  16. Bob K
    December 23rd, 2015 at 17:46 | #16

    Happy Birthday Jorma,, all the best,, stay well,,, from all of us here….

  17. jim hitchcock
    December 23rd, 2015 at 18:39 | #17

    Happy Birthday, Jorma!

  18. Susan
    December 23rd, 2015 at 21:08 | #18

    Happy Birthday Jorma! How great it was to be at your 75th birthday celebration at the Saturday night Beacon show! The trio set was awesome and the second set of Jefferson Airplane songs was longed for and amazing! Such a treat….Hot Tuna gets better and better! Enjoy the rest of your day and all the best to you and your family in the New Year!

  19. Ham n Eggs
    December 23rd, 2015 at 21:48 | #19

    Love All Ways

  20. Carlo Pagliano
    December 23rd, 2015 at 21:51 | #20

    Happy Birthday Jorma!