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Six Days On The Road… And We’re Not Done Yet

Morning at the FPR... getting ready to load the bus...

Morning at the FPR... getting ready to load the bus...

So a week ago tomorrow we started out on this little odyssey… Seems like a lifetime, or is it a minute? Hard to say. Anyway, we loaded up at the Fur Peace Ranch.

The bus... and Zach's Gran Cherokee

The bus... and Zach's Gran Cherokee

Vanessa and I got a Jeep Gran Cherokee for my son Zach, and I needed to drive it to Hagerstown to drop it off with him on the way to New Jersey.

The torch and the keys are passed.

The torch and the keys are passed.

Youth takes over the wheel as it should be. The bus picked me up at the Pilot Truckstop and we continued to Red Bank, New Jersey.

A young man heads back to Virginia.

A young man heads back to Virginia.

So, the ‘work’ part of this trip began. The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank has long been one of our favorite stops and this was a great place to begin our four day run with Leftover Salmon. These are a great bunch of guys and fabulous players. The Tuna guys and I had been looking forward to this part of the run for a long time. What do we have here? Aqua Rock? Who knows… anyway…

The first glorious gig!

The first glorious gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I love the ceilings in these old theaters...

I love the ceilings in these old theaters...

This was the first time I was going to get to use my old Marshall Metalface… and I was pretty excited…

Our Salmon buddies doing their thing...

Our Salmon buddies doing their thing...

Then it was time for Tuna:

Hot Tuna 15, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Count Basie Theater
Red Banks, New Jersey
Thursday, August 4, 2016

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sea Child
6. Sleep Song
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Serpent Of Dreams
10. Ain’t In No Hurry
11. Good Shepherd
12. Rock Me Baby
13. Water Song
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Hit Single #1

It ain't our name... but it is lights

It ain't our name... but it is lights

Yeah… the first gig rocked and yeah, I love my Louis Electric Twinmaster and my Marshall Metalface.

It’s not only good… it’s getting better.

Space... the final frontier in Westbury

Space... the final frontier in Westbury

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was a new one for us… and we liked it just fine. Vanessa and Izze flew in for the gig and it was such a blessing to see them.

A new interior for us... we'll take it!

A new interior for us... we'll take it!

Hot Tuna 16, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Space
Westbury, Long Island
New York

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Funky #7
14. Encore: Come Back Baby

Then it was time to move on to Portchester and the Capitol Theater. All of us guys from back then have a long history with the Capitol Theater… and you know what, it’s better now than it ever has been.

Gotta love these ceilings!

Gotta love these ceilings!

There were lots of cool pictures and poster and such…

Jerry and Red Bull?

Jerry and Red Bull?

Hot Tuna 17, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
Saturday, August 6, 2016

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sleep Song
6. Sea Child
7. Feel So Good
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Hit Single #1

Better than ever...

Better than ever...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Ain't it the truth...

Ain't it the truth...

So my lovely daughter Izze watched our set from the wings.

What a patient girl!

What a patient girl!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

After the show, I asked her how she liked it. She said, and I quote: ‘No offense Dad. You know it’s not my kind of music, but you’re very good at it!’

I love that girl! How good does it have to get?

Then it was off to Boston and the Wilbur Theater where we played with Leon Russell a couple of years ago.

OK... we're in Boston...

OK... we're in Boston...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another grand ceiling!

Another grand ceiling!

Hot Tuna 18, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
and Justin Guip
The Wilbur
Boston, Massachusetts
August 7, 2016

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sea Child
6. Sleep Song
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Funky # 7
14. Encore: Hit Single #1

The Placid Purple Les Paul... The ES-345 and the Cherry burst Chet Atkins SST

The Placid Purple Les Paul... The ES-345 and the Cherry burst Chet Atkins SST

Yeah… this was an awesome little run with the boys and I hope we get to do it again.

Vince and me on the bus...

Vince and me on the bus...

One minute you’re a hero on stage… and the next, you’re walking to the bus by the garbage!

The glory that was Rome!

The glory that was Rome!

So… that was that. Yesterday was a ‘day off,’ which means we drove 600 some miles on the bus to Kent, Ohio where we will be at the Kent Stage tonight… acoustic.

The Electric Trio run is over for a bit… but we’ll be back!

Now for some laundry… what a great hotel!

  1. Rob
    August 9th, 2016 at 12:09 | #1

    We were at the Red Bank show and you guys really blew the roof off the Basie. Thanks for another wonderful evening, you’ve been rockin’ this guys world for 44 years! See you @ the Beacon!!!!

  2. eaglesteve
    August 9th, 2016 at 12:26 | #2

    Capitol show was great.

    Jerry G, gone 21 years today. RIP brother.

  3. Joey Hudoklin
    August 9th, 2016 at 13:33 | #3

    Feel so Good huh Jorma?

  4. Ken Millroy
    August 9th, 2016 at 13:40 | #4

    I was at the Count Basie also. Loved the sound of the Firebird!!! Great show good people doesn’t get much better than that.

  5. Paul G Lauritzen
    August 9th, 2016 at 14:11 | #5

    I’m the guy who keeps begging you to come to Tucson. But short of that, the stream on Saturday night was just terrific. It was so well produced, I guess is the word. I would say edited but it was live. It was just great. And I wish you to more of them. Or come to Tucson. Or both!

  6. johno
    August 9th, 2016 at 15:22 | #6

    @Joey Hudoklin
    Exactly what I was gonna say. I’d love to hear Feels So Good one more time. Remember when Jack did a solo during that song. Maybe at the Beacon Jorma.
    That would definitely be a treat.

  7. Kevin
    August 9th, 2016 at 16:22 | #7

    After the show, I asked her how she liked it. She said, and I quote: ‘No offense Dad. You know it’s not my kind of music, but you’re very good at it!’

    I love it. Kids are the best, pure & honest, no filter. I can picture my granddaughter saying the same thing.

  8. Joe in dc
    August 9th, 2016 at 18:58 | #8

    Made the red bank show. First time for me @ that venue. Great place. Tuna rocked. Got to meet up with old tuna friends. Good times. Thanks hot tuna.

    Living in DC I am really happy and surprised to see you playing electric at the hamilton day after turkey. I have been their for other shows the past few years. Great place. Small. Historic building with lots of history attached to it. If you have not read up about the hamiltond life you may want to check it out. Should be good for tuna. Any idea Jorma when tickets go on sale for that show????

    Thx

  9. John McGough
    August 9th, 2016 at 20:37 | #9

    LOL at Izzy’s quote. :)

  10. Mark K
    August 9th, 2016 at 20:41 | #10

    “The Glory That Was Rome”- At least today you won’t find me face down in a puddle next to the garbage after the show

  11. Howard
    August 9th, 2016 at 21:27 | #11

    Jorma, Thank you for the great show at the Capitol Theatre. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and felt honored to be able to go back stage after the show, meet you and take a photo. You truly have a great Neshama. All the best, Howard

  12. John R.
    August 10th, 2016 at 07:42 | #12

    The Boston show was “very good” as well. Thanks Jorma, Jack, and the gang. Always nice to hear you break out the electric gear.

  13. Andy K
    August 10th, 2016 at 09:09 | #13

    I enjoyed all 3 NYC area shows immensely. It was great seeing Jack step out so much and the setlists were amazing, I mean Feel So Good, Sea Child, Sleep Song, Water Song….doesn’t get much better. And Leftover Salmon was an excellent pairing. Those boyz can pick!
    The Space @ Westbury is a fantastic venue, intimate with perfect sightlines and acoustics. Up there with the Egg in Albany. Come back Baby (to the Beacon in Nov) – tix on sale tomorrow!

  14. bob b
    August 10th, 2016 at 22:52 | #14

    I’ve been lucky in life. I was able to make two shows. When I hear “Stronger Than Dirt”, I know the fun is over. Thanks! Your Pal

  15. marcus
    August 11th, 2016 at 09:40 | #15

    Great photo the torch and the keys,its photos like that us dads cherish,love ya jorma keep keepin it real : )

  16. rich l
    August 11th, 2016 at 10:13 | #16

    Tastes – it’s why a knucklehead like me can say I really liked movies like “Dumb and Dumber,” “Snow Dogs,” and “Master of Disguises.” This in spite of the reviewer Rotten Tomatoes saying “Master of Disguise is in the top five worst movies of the 2000’s.

    When the Eagles Hotel California came out, I told a good friend I didn’t like the album. he was shocked and said quite incredibly, “Really?” I said I really disliked the song Hotel California. He then says, “That’s my favorite song on the album!” (I’ve tried to listen to that song, but I just can’t take more than about 30 seconds of it.

    I’ll bet most of our kids would not like Van Morrison’s classic, “Astral Weeks.” I think that was one of the most exquisite albums I ever had the pleasure of listening to.

    one of the greatest songs I’ve “ever” heard play was Good Shepard at Space in Evanston on a Wednesday night two years ago. Jorma, Cassidy (especially) and Barry just ripped that song apart. I doubt my kids would share my enthusiasm, although I’m sure they would note, as Izze did, “that they were very good at it.

    It is nice to be exposed to new things though. I remember heading up to bed one night, hoping to catch the end of a bull’s game on TV. Much to my dismay, my wife was watching a special on Karen Carpenter. I sheepishly asker her, “Are you watching this?” (in other words, can I change the channel) With lightning bolt rapidity she said “yes.”

    Before heading back downstairs, I decided to listen to one song – I was hooked almost instantly by the her melancholic voice and tragically shortened life. It turned out to be much better than the Bulls game.

    “hanging around, nothing to do but frown…”

    @Kevin

  17. BillJazz
    August 11th, 2016 at 10:34 | #17

    Caught the Basie show. Love it when it’s just Jorma & Jack with a drummer. Live without a net! No place to hide.

    Thank you for continuing to do what you do!

  18. Susan
    August 11th, 2016 at 11:07 | #18

    Woo hoo…Third row orchestra -on the Jack side at The Beacon!H

  19. Susan
    August 11th, 2016 at 11:07 | #19

    Woo hoo…Third row orchestra -on the Jack side at The Beacon!

  20. johno
    August 11th, 2016 at 12:22 | #20

    Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!Fourth row orchestra – on Jorma’s side – Feels So Good!!!!!!!!!!

  21. gregg
    August 11th, 2016 at 13:25 | #21

    woo hoo better jacks side jorma turns that way woo hoo I,ll take loge anytime better sound you can see every thing and less crowded bathrooms Gregg s.i.n.y.

  22. Sweetbac
    August 11th, 2016 at 14:18 | #22

    “Feel so Good>Invitation>Santa Clause Retreat>Feel So Good” at Golden Gate Park in October, Jorma….sure, it’s gonna take some practice to get the cues down, but I think it will go over like gangbusters, baby!

  23. Joey Hudoklin
    August 11th, 2016 at 14:22 | #23

    Well, since I won’t make the Beacon, I’m gonna shout out, Woohooo!
    Hot Tuna acoustic in my hometown at the Rio Theatre. Then, the next day Electric HT in Golden Gate Park! Hell yah!
    Last year in the Park, it was the largest crowd I’ve ever seen. Maybe 100,000+ at the Tuna show. Hell Yah

  24. Doug Mlyn
    August 11th, 2016 at 14:25 | #24

    @Joey Hudoklin
    I’m planning on Santa Cruz and SF as well.

  25. Ham n Eggs
    August 11th, 2016 at 15:02 | #25

    Yeah but are they gonna do Ringo>Bright Eyeys>Snow Guerilla>Ringo Masacree Suite?
    The guy in front of me at the Capitol will be in heaven but not as happy as his friend who was tired of hearing him yell it. Lol
    Peace
    Love All Ways
    Ringoooo,Ringo!

  26. carey georgas
    August 11th, 2016 at 17:24 | #26

    Dayum, Jorma, I just got a helluva challenge thowed at me. I’m on Levon Helm Studio’s mailing list, and they sent me something said you’re gonna be at the Barn Dec. 2. Don’t hardly see how I can miss that, but it’s a long damn way from east Texas and I’m just gonna have to see if I can make it happen. Can’t think of a better place to see you and your guitar. Next best place to my living room, and I don’t think I’m gonna get you in there, so I’m putting on my thinking cap, getting out my rabbit’s foot, and bustin’ up my piggy bank. Onward (to the Catskills, I hope).

  27. carey georgas
    August 11th, 2016 at 17:37 | #27

    Hellfire, I just got the insider’s email today, and already they ain’t selling nothin’ but standing room. Can’t say I’m surprised. Can’t say I wouldn’t stand, either…

  28. johno
    August 11th, 2016 at 18:25 | #28

    @gregg
    I’m in the center – right in front of Jorma – best of both worlds!
    I’ll take the orchestra any day – personal preference.

  29. tom
    August 11th, 2016 at 18:48 | #29

    @gregg
    The Beacon loge
    is the place to be. See you all there in Nov for the annual ” union holiday party “

  30. Joey Hudoklin
    August 11th, 2016 at 21:58 | #30

    @Doug Mlyn
    We should hook up Doug

  31. johno
    August 12th, 2016 at 08:45 | #31

    Hey guys let’s stop arguing where’s best to see HT. Let’s be happy we got tix and we have Hot Tuna.

  32. Susan
    August 12th, 2016 at 10:04 | #32

    Very happy!

  33. Sweetbac
    August 12th, 2016 at 12:37 | #33

    I’d settle for a 45 minute “Happy Go-Lucky Space Rats” jam with Steeler n’ Denny.
    I remember a 1979 midnite NYC gig…Denny D croaking out “Volunteeers” and a girl frantically running down the aisle of the Palladium to give him the finger!
    Crazy times indeed.

  34. Doug Mlyn
    August 12th, 2016 at 14:48 | #34

    @Joey Hudoklin
    definitely Joey… I’ll send you my number.