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A Dinner At Pho Peace & A Night At The Museum!

October 28th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments
Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Last night we hosted one of our dinners at the Pho Peace Restaurant right here in the Beatrice Love Kitchen. As always, Justin and the gang in the kitchen knocked it out of the park. I had the beef as I usually do, and as I usually do I saved the meatballs for desert. Having tasted everything here I must say the chicken and the vegetarian pho are also delicious, but I’m just a beef guy I guess. We also had Kimchi and Bánh Mì sandwiches. A true evening of yumminess!

As if that weren’t enough we had fellowship and music too! I’ve been accompanying my dear friend John Hurlbut at sundry Pho Peace events and it is something I always look forward to. John has always had his own artful approach to the music and playing with him totally frees me from the ‘Doing My Show’ syndrome that we professional musicians cannot help but fall into. I get to explore territories that I rarely get to visit when I’m either solo or with Jack and Justin. Good times always! Here’s what John and I played:

1. Get Together
2. Maybe Baby
3. Kansas City Southern
4. House Of The Rising sun
5. Across The Borderline
6. That’s Alright Mama
7. Mystery Train
8. Blow Wind Blow
9. Chimes Of Freedom
10. I Remember You
11. Fishin’ Blues
12. Sitting Here In Limbo
13. Sugaree
14. This Land Is Your Land

What a set Johnny put together and what a delightful evening. After dinner we all adjourned to the Psylodelic Gallery and I hung out and chatted with the folks while they looked at our current show featuring paintings by Andy Tucker whose work reflects moments in time with the faces of inspiring politicians, activists, writers, poets and musicians. We’re also exhibiting a collection of photographs from my personal archives during the early years of Jefferson Airplane. Though the focus last night was on our current exhibit, our permanent collection of original concert posters, jewelry, clothing, instruments and more is always worth a drive to Darwin, Ohio and the Fur Peace Ranch.

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  1. Dan
    October 28th, 2017 at 12:03 | #1

    In my house we always say, eat desert first, you never know whats next. Meatballs for desert, as always very creative. I would be a vegitarian, except I love the taste of meat. Dont know if you are into college football, but big game for your local school Ohio State today. Go Buckeyes

  2. johno
    October 28th, 2017 at 15:38 | #2

    I’m not into college football that much, but that’s gonna be a good game. The Penn State Nittany Lions vs The Ohio State Buckeyes. They are both highly ranked teams. I like the Nittany Lions but either team could win. That’s what makes a good game. Go Lions!

  3. Dan
    October 28th, 2017 at 19:49 | #3

    You called it Johno That was about as fun a game as it gets 39-38 Buckeyes

  4. Ham n Eggs
    October 28th, 2017 at 20:01 | #4

    This land is your land Beautiful
    Is the kimchee vegetarian? Most time contains fish byproduct or whole anchovies. Difficult to find but always worth the effort. Used to get it at The Temple in the Village on West 3 NYC.
    Love All Ways

  5. Chappy
    October 28th, 2017 at 20:55 | #5

    Wow…would loved to have seen you and John play that set list. One of these days I’ll get to see Hurl play. I just saw the new documentary “Rumble – Indians Who Rocked the World.” It was great! Reminded me of Hurl because I bought some JED albums from him at his store in Columbus back in the day. Curious if you crossed paths and ever played with Link Wray and/or Jesse Ed Davis? Looking forward to HT w/ Kimock on 11/11 at FPR. Got a couple of good shows leading up to that: Paul Thorn and the North Mississippi All-Stars in Charleston WV on Sunday 11/5 (I think the McCrary Sisters are playing with Paul) and then the talented Holly Bowling in Cleveland on 11/6.

  6. snarne
    October 29th, 2017 at 06:24 | #6

    Few Dollars More-Delirious//Official Video 2017 takes you back to the roots, an upcoming Norwegian Band how do know Jorma & Jack!

  7. Joakim
    October 29th, 2017 at 06:33 | #7

    Thank you for the recommendation, Snarne! Checked it out on YouTube – definitely worth it! Cool bass guitar

  8. eaglesteve
    October 30th, 2017 at 09:52 | #8


    ‘nuf said

  9. johno
    October 30th, 2017 at 12:03 | #9

    Easy now eaglesteve. It was a really good game. Penn State was winning for the first 3 quarters. Then OSU had a 19 point 4th quarter and won. It was almost as exciting as last nights World Series game.

  10. Patrick Filacchione
    October 30th, 2017 at 21:52 | #10

    I have been a fan for 40 years and will continue to be as long as I live. I love reading your stuff and love listening to your music. I go to see you and Jack live 3 – 5 times a year in the New York area. I am a damn lucky man that I can say that my favorite and most inspirational music talent continues to tour at this stage of HIS life and MINE.
    Thank you so much and see you 12/8 at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY.
    Yippee. Peace

  11. carey georgas
    October 31st, 2017 at 07:59 | #11

    Go Astros!@johno

  12. eaglesteve
    October 31st, 2017 at 10:59 | #12

    While I like THE OSU, my final comment on the college sport is:
    ‘nuf said

  13. johno
    October 31st, 2017 at 11:48 | #13

    The Astros seem destined to win the World Series. The Dodgers seem stiff and nervous and they are not hitting. The Astros offense is really good. The Astros are peaking. This is where good hitting overpowers good pitching. This is good Series.

    @carey georgas

  14. eaglesteve
    October 31st, 2017 at 12:36 | #14

    Happy # 78 to Grace Slick……..Aand many more

  15. Jim Hitchcock
    October 31st, 2017 at 19:02 | #15

    Carey, johno, it ain’t over yet;)

  16. Kevin
    November 1st, 2017 at 01:14 | #16

    Game 7 here we come, doesn’t get much better than that. Except for a Hot Tuna TTB double bill.

  17. HOGAN
    November 1st, 2017 at 05:57 | #17

    Hey Jorma,

    Great set list, sounded like it was a lot of fun working with John again.
    Hoping while your home maybe you have some time to work on a little Hammar…just sayin…lol…
    Hope you and the family had a nice Halloween.

    See you guys soon

  18. November 1st, 2017 at 12:45 | #18

    Tell Sandy Koufax & Bob Gibson and all pitchers that sustain that level of excellence , that batting trumps pitching , I believe they might argue.
    Down to last game -Dem Bums might do it.

  19. November 1st, 2017 at 12:50 | #19

    A must read for all baseball fans ( and anyone interested in political / economic impetus of NYC in late 50’s ),
    THE LAST GOOD SEASON , about the departure of Dodgers from Brooklyn to LA , and the personality clash of Walter O’Malley & Robert Moses that led to the departure .
    To this day a failure of politicos in NY.

  20. November 2nd, 2017 at 11:40 | #20

    In the vernacular of Brighton beach , Bay Ridge and Flatbush—”DEM BUMS”
    Best team won.
    See ya in springtime

  21. carey georgas
    November 2nd, 2017 at 11:56 | #21

    Hey Greg, I been following the Astros since they were the Colt 45’s. Spent many a summer evening listening on the radio with my grandfather, plus many more good memories throughout the years. Last night, the monkey finally came off our back, and to do it against a team like the Dodgers swept that monkey’s ass clean outta Texas. A series for the ages. Go Astros!@Greg martelli

  22. johno
    November 2nd, 2017 at 13:01 | #22

    Usually good pitching trumps good hitting. But I said in this series, hitting trumps pitching. Houston was the better team. And I’m still pissed Dem Bums left Brooklyn.

  23. Ham n Eggs
    November 2nd, 2017 at 13:40 | #23

    Congratulations enjoy every minute of it and more. Still feel like a national league team won.
    Thank heaven the first Willie Mays MVP award didn’t go to a bum. He began and ended his career in NY
    NY had Giants and Rockaway Beach
    Let’s Go Mets
    Love All Ways
    @carey georgas

  24. carey georgas
    November 2nd, 2017 at 14:12 | #24

    Yes, Ham n Eggs! I was in the house for game 6 against the Mets in 1986. It liked to have killed me when they were forced to go American League, because I was always a National League guy. To see the way the new owner and management tore down and rebuilt the organization come to fruition makes it all worth while. Go Astros!@Ham n Eggs

  25. snarne
    November 2nd, 2017 at 15:12 | #25

    Yes indeed, it’s a Jack Casady Signature Bass! @Joakim

  26. November 2nd, 2017 at 16:07 | #26

    In spite of the fact that this is principally a blog fostered by Jorma , and that the common thread is Hot Tuna , its always the positive segues and comments that bring it to life.
    I’ve been in the Lex Kentucky Area for 40 years now , but I grew up in Fairfield county Ct( lived in Brooklyn till 4 years ) Were fortunate that we are 1 hr from Cinncinatti , so we get to see professional baseball as we want, unfortunately tough for small market teams to compete these days , so always tough for Reds fans.
    I’ve always looked forward to post season baseball , it gets better by the night.
    Reflecting on my childhood and I played and was an avid fan of baseball.
    Here’s the rest of the story:
    I was in the “oldest “class in my grammar school , it was a Catholic school , and they built it K-8th grade , I started there in 4 th grade and the nun who was the principal was our teacher(A+ educator , if I didn’t learn , I wasn’t listening). She was an avid baseball fan and in spite of her extreme doctrinaire approach , she would allow us to listen to the afternoon World Series games on our ear pieces from our transistor radios.
    The games were as exciting as the best Dead shows , listening to games with Koufax , Marichal , Clemente , Gibson , Aaron and the “say hey “kid ,(Willie Mays ); you’ll notice a strong NL bent.We were in heaven.
    On a funny note , she took up a collection from my class one year before Easter break to provide the custodian with a couple of buck —”To wet his whistle”.
    I’m happy that Houston won, its probably uplifting for the local community.
    I don’t think they need any uplifting in LA , they’re high enough .

    As an aside , we went to Chattanooga two Saturdays ago to the Sailors /Soldiers memorial coliseum ( great Fukien hall), to see Dwight Yocum open for Willie Nelson -Still , Still moving to me.
    Good times
    Peace to those in SoHo.

  27. carey georgas
    November 2nd, 2017 at 16:18 | #27

    Ain’t Willie a kick?@Greg martelli

  28. November 2nd, 2017 at 16:33 | #28

    He’s too much

  29. rich l
    November 3rd, 2017 at 09:00 | #29

    my favorite Willie quote – “We’d sow our wild oats on Saturday evening, and pray for a crop failure on Sunday morning.”

    “Oh some where in this favored land
    the sun is shining bright

    The band is playing somewhere,
    and somewhere hearts are light

    And somewhere me our laughing,
    and somewhere children shout

    But there is no joy in LA….”

  30. eagelsteve
    November 3rd, 2017 at 11:58 | #30

    I remember delivering Newsday in the sixties on Long Island and listening to the World Series on my transistor radio, kept in my shirt pocket, using an ear piece.

  31. Barbara Jacobs
    November 3rd, 2017 at 18:19 | #31

    @Greg martelli Keep on keepin’ on, Willie.
    Mr.and Mrs. Ham’n Eggs and I had a wonderful night, seeing Willie at the Coney Island Amp.

  32. Barbara Jacobs
    November 3rd, 2017 at 18:20 | #32

    @carey georgas
    Willie Nelson is a kick.

  33. Barbara Jacobs
    November 3rd, 2017 at 18:21 | #33

    @rich l
    All good thoughts here for Willie.

  34. mikie
    November 4th, 2017 at 15:30 | #34


    Looks like a real Kick-A season of shows coming up next year at the Station! Pete Rowan shows there were some of the best i’ve ever seen, and he’s coming back as well as Moonalice ! Jorma and Larry together? Whoa…m

  35. Barbara Jacobs
    November 5th, 2017 at 17:08 | #35

    Peter Rowan:
    A real gentleman. Very appreciative of every effort I’ve given him in the past.
    A humble, true man.

  36. Dead Head
    November 5th, 2017 at 18:29 | #36

    Probably never would achieved success without her……..

  37. Barbara Jacobs
    November 5th, 2017 at 20:53 | #37

    The above comment from “Dead Head” is a continuation of his abuse directed at me, here on this comments section.

  38. Joey Hudoklin
    November 6th, 2017 at 03:06 | #38


  39. Dead Head
    November 6th, 2017 at 06:08 | #39

    It is virtually impossible to pull off the Madison Ave. shuffle when the go-go boots are too tight.

  40. Richu
    November 6th, 2017 at 07:00 | #40

    Hi jorma..If I’m not mistaken you will be holding forth with Jack upstate cohoes December.I’m all little kid bout this one.Eric Johnson has been there twice and claims it sounds great. See ya…