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More Than A Fleeting Fancy

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High point in the neighborhood

High point in the neighborhood

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

except for this cathedral shot, i didn’t take any picks around the neighborhood surrounding the Crest. The street scene was like something from Fear The Living Dead. Rats and drug addled street people. I felt bad, but I didn’t want to be there. Inside the theater was a different story.

Beautifully restored...and a fine place to play!

Beautifully restored...and a fine place to play!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 27, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

First set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Second Chances
6. Trial by Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Come Back Baby with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
Add… Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Funky #7 with Steve
10. Encore: Rock Me Baby with Steve

After the show we highballed it down to LA.

Ah, the classics!

Ah, the classics!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And this, of course…

Just like the movies

Just like the movies

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The day before the show at the El Rey we had a lovely dinner with Grace and a bunch of great folks in the business. Nice to connect in a social setting!

The El Rey... what a gas!

The El Rey... what a gas!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 28, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The El Rey Theater
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, September 6, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
9. Hesitation Blues with Steve
10. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
11. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
8. Hit Single #1 with Steve
9. Rock me Baby with Steve
10. Funky # 7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

This was absolutely a killer gig among killer gigs. We played… a long time!

Signing at the El Rey

Signing at the El Rey

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then up to Vegas and Brooklyn Bowl.

Jack on the lanes

Jack on the lanes

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Vegas is a universe by itself, but we had a great time!

Hot Tuna 29, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Brooklyn Bowl
Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, September 7, 2018

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. How Long Blues
3. I Wish You Would
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve
8. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
9. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Living Just For You
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sea Child with Steve
6. In The Kingdom with Steve
7. Good Shepherd with Steve
8. Come Back Baby with Steve
9. Funky # 7 with Steve
10. Encore: Hit Single #1 with Steve

Signing at Brooklyn Bowl

Signing at Brooklyn Bowl

Foto by Phil Jacobs

From Vegas a dash to Scottsdale, where it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 in the morning. Yikes.

The bus... roasting in the sun.

The bus... roasting in the sun.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 30, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
Saturday, September 8, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. I Know You Rider
3. How Long Blues
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Funky #7 with Steve
9. Encore: Hit Single #1 with Steve

This is a great venue...

This is a great venue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another hang with some great folks to sign books.

I love these people!

I love these people!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then a short ride to Tucson where we will play tomorrow at the Rialto Theater. We were last here some years ago with Leon Russell. I miss that guy.

Bed time… hope this air conditioner works.

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  1. Richard
    September 10th, 2018 at 05:00 | #1

    Yes Scottsdale is a tough place to be in the summer..I understand most take vacation then and go somewhere cooler..Ouch..Hope you cooled off inside..Although HT is always hot wherever they are..I used to have a friend there..Says its a dry heat..Hot is still hot..

  2. eaglesteve
    September 10th, 2018 at 08:30 | #2

    Shana Tova Umetukah
    Shanah Tovah Umetuka

    L’shanah tovah
    L’shana tova
    Le-Shanah Tovah
    Le-Shana Tikkathev
    Le-Shana Tikkathevu
    Le-Shanah Tekatevu
    May you be written down in the Book of Life for a good year
    May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year
    Happy 5779 to The Kaukonens and Tuna Nation

  3. Ed
    September 10th, 2018 at 09:13 | #3

    Sad about the Sacramento scene outside the theater. Sadder still: how common that seems to be these days wherever one goes.

  4. Mitch Spector
    September 10th, 2018 at 09:49 | #4

    Had a great time at the show .My son enjoyed it .Hope the rest of the tour go’s well. Coming to Ohio for the November 2nd dinner at F.P.R .Going to celebrate my brothers 68th b-day Nov 1st and bringing him with me. .Been looking for a chance to visit F.P.R .Psyched .Peace always !! Thank you Jorma !

  5. Leslie
    September 10th, 2018 at 10:44 | #5

    Wow! Flew from South Florida to Vegas and boy was that shlep worth it! It’s possible that the show in Vegas was one of, if not the best, Hot Tuna shows ever….and I’ve been seeing them for 41 years…since I’m 16! Steve Kimock added something spectacular to the already perfect band. Best Good Shepard I’ve ever seen or heard!
    What fun it is being a middle aged groupie! More fun than being a teenaged groupiie! Must be the money thing.
    Thanks again guys for another stellar evening . Sad you wont be returning to Jamaica this winter. So neither will I .
    Just finished the book, Been so Long and loved it. I always said to myself, while reading your blog, that you’re a great writer and should write a book! And so you have

  6. Leslie
    September 10th, 2018 at 10:47 | #6

    L’Shana Tovah to the Kaukonen family. Health and happiness for 120 years!
    Jorma, come to Souh Florida for Shabbat. Bring the fam…we can have a shabboton!

  7. Mark
    September 10th, 2018 at 10:55 | #7

    I was at the Vegas show. Hadn’t seen the boys in awhile since they hadn’t hit Vegas in awhile and was thrilled to see them on the schedule here. I took my son who happily agreed to come with me and we both had a great time. He is now the proud owner of a great t shirt (The famous “if you don’t know Jorma…) and it will be worn on his college campus. The legend goes on. The show? Wow, so much fun. I am amazed at how the whole band is just so good and so powerful and so gentle all at the same time. Steve Kimock lends a great touch and a different feel to the band. Thank you Jorma, Jack, Steve and Justin for such a fine evening out. Safe travels:)

  8. douglas mlyn
    September 10th, 2018 at 11:17 | #8

    Happy Rosh Hashanah Jorma! I caught two shows during the last little electric run (Portland and Los Angeles) and both were great! The L.A. show was particularly great… the place was packed and I sensed a different energy both from both the crowd and yourselves at the El Rey vs the Portland show.

    I’m also loving your book and something really rang a bell with me about addiction. I used to not be able to travel anywhere without weed. I used to devise devious ways of transporting it. Like empyting out fiber pills and putting the herb in the empty capsules. Which used to take quite some time. (Nowadays I need the fiber)! It was unthinkable not to travel with it even though it was illegal back then and I was taking a chance. I’ve since given it up and find it very freeing not to have to worry about things like that.

  9. marc beskin
    September 10th, 2018 at 11:42 | #9

    Fantastic show at the Crest! And yes, the walking dead roam the streets, but next time you’re here would be thrilled to show you the fantastic parts of Sacramento including the American River bike trail, 32 miles of fun and beauty. Also, perhaps I was in lala land, but didn’t I hear Walking Blues played that night? Not on your set list. Eternal smiles of gratitude, please return to the City of Trees soon!!!

  10. AndyK
    September 10th, 2018 at 14:02 | #10

    May sweet things come in the new year.
    And speaking of the other New Year…
    WOW! Hot Tune Acoustic/Electric New Year’s Eve in Berkeley, CA
    Wish I was a Californian, but I’m not complaining as I have acoustic in Albany and Electric in NYC to look forward to :)

  11. carey georgas
    September 10th, 2018 at 14:24 | #11

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Great choice of stars you picked to post from the walk of fame.

  12. Joey
    September 10th, 2018 at 15:50 | #12

    Boy I wish I coulda been at the El Rey.
    Sounds like one for the ages.
    I’m a slow reader. Loving your book. I just got to the where you could SEE the music, and driving up the 17 at dawn.
    Yah buddy.
    I’m glad I’m sober. Like you said to me not too long ago… “Without that, none of this is possible”.
    Indeed sir.
    Safe travels Hot Tuna!!!

  13. Matt
    September 10th, 2018 at 16:06 | #13

    You guys are covering a lot of ground on this tour. It is really exciting to read about this from far away. So many nice theaters.

  14. johno
    September 11th, 2018 at 10:54 | #14

    Having a great time reading your book. I read a chapter or two each night. So far the book is amazing. I don’t want to rush through it – it’s that good. How you remembered all of the details of your incredible life is unbelievable. Getting good – when Hot Tuna was being formed. Thanks for the ride.

  15. Vince D
    September 11th, 2018 at 21:08 | #15

    Granted, I traveled from NC to Sacramento earlier that day and was of questionable mind, but I’m pretty sure that the second half at The Crest went down like this:

    1. Been So Long
    2. That’ll Never Happen No More
    3. Roads and Roads &
    4. Watch The North Wind Rise
    5. Sleep Song with Steve
    6. In The Kingdom with Steve
    7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
    8. Walking Blues with Steve
    9. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
    10. Funky #7 with Steve
    11. Encore: Rock Me Baby with Steve

  16. Brian Doyle
    September 12th, 2018 at 02:38 | #16

    Good you got to see Grace…Sometimes in those still moments of time people become precious …If Jorma thinks El Rey was killer that’s where I would have teleported in another reality…They get a nice constant 72 degrees in those desert “Earthships”…

  17. Mitch Spector
    September 13th, 2018 at 08:19 | #17

    Caught the On the roof episode last night Loved it .Great interview ,Enjoyed the show and learned a few more very cool things .Hope all is well for all here on this awesome Blog .Peace and love ! Thanks Jorma

  18. carey georgas
    September 13th, 2018 at 10:41 | #18

    Goin’ back to Main Street Crossing, where I saw Jorma, on Oct. 1 to see Michael Martin Murphy. Hopin’ to take a ride in Geronimo’s Cadillac. He’s one I got to see back in the salad days at the dawn of the Cosmic Cowboy phenomenon. At the Armadillo World Headquarters, no less.

  19. AndyK
    September 13th, 2018 at 15:26 | #19

    @carey georgas
    One of my favorite albums was recorded at Armadillo World Headquarters….”live from deep in the heart of Texas, Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen”
    Enjoyed seeing Bill Kirchen- The master of the telecaster – play w Jorma and the Boyz at Jorma’s 70th B’day Bash.
    Did a great version of Dylan’s Times They Are A Changin’

  20. carey georgas
    September 13th, 2018 at 15:49 | #20

    @AndyK They recorded that one over three nights, I was so close I could put my chin on the stage for one of those nights. I figure I got one or two whoops in on the album somewhere, but I have a rather indistinct whoop and have never been able to pick myself out of the crowd.
    But boy, did I have some fun!

  21. Tom Fabry
    September 13th, 2018 at 16:13 | #21

    @AndyK
    And the times are certainly a changin… He who is first will be last and the last will be first.
    Pray for the folks in path of the storm. The storm in DC and the smaller one in N and S Carolina.
    All will be well…. Trust and have hope

  22. AndyK
    September 13th, 2018 at 16:39 | #22

    @Tom Fabry
    Fingers crossed, legs too. In fact, I’m a pretzel!

  23. AndyK
    September 13th, 2018 at 16:40 | #23

    @Tom Fabry
    I got to see them once at the Academy of Music on 14th St. What energy and fun!

  24. Brian Doyle
    September 14th, 2018 at 02:39 | #24

    America hates its crazies…

  25. Mitch Spector
    September 14th, 2018 at 09:00 | #25

    Hot Tuna !! Still “AMERICA’S CHOICE ..Happy Friday ..

  26. AndyK
    September 14th, 2018 at 11:01 | #26

    @Mitch Spector
    Two thumbs up!

  27. Mitch Spector
    September 14th, 2018 at 15:28 | #27

    @AndyK Indeed !! Thank you Andy