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It Seems Like The 27th Was A Long Time Ago… That And Hannukah

December 4th, 2018 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Jack Casady, Paul Shaffer and me... Jorma

Jack Casady, Paul Shaffer and me... Jorma

Before the gig at the new City Winery in our old hometown, D.C. Jack and I stopped by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio to chat with Paul Shaffer. Paul was big fun on every level. He’s a great musician, a great interviewer and best of all, a great guy! I’d visit him anywhere from Vegas to D.C.

After the Interview we slipped over to the new City Winery for our first gig there. When I was growing up in D.C. I would have never found myself in N.E. but on this day, there we were. Time marches on! I love the Winery gigs, and they seem to love us!

Holding forth at the City Winery

Holding forth at the City Winery

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 47, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The City Winery
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Been So Long
6. River Of Time
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial by Fire
11. Wining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Heart Temporary
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Watch The North Wind Rise

Then it was up to Owings Mills and another great gig.

Whar a room!

Whar a room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 48, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Gordon Center For The Performing Arts
Owings Mills, Maryland
Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Third Week In The Chelsea
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After this great gig we drove after show to Marietta, Ohio… almost in my backyard!

The historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

The historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In 1992 or thereabouts, my dear friend Keith Gatto had me play at the Lafayette Hotel for the Marietta Blues Society. Keith was our family doctor as well as a friend and I was honored to be able to speak a his memorial service. Keith has been gone almost 20 years now and like my Mom and Dad, I still miss him.

The Ohio River in front of the hotel

The Ohio River in front of the hotel

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

When I moved to Ohio in 1991 I found myself reading all of the Allan Eckert books about the Northwest Territory. A Sorrow In Our Heart comes to mind immediately! Lots of memories from those early days in what has become my home.

World class venue!

World class venue!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The People’s Theater is awesome!

Check this seat out!

Check this seat out!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Shows of yesteryear

Shows of yesteryear

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

More memories

More memories

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Theaters in Marietta?  You bet!

Theaters in Marietta? You bet!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 49, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The People’s Bank Theater
Marietta, Ohio
Friday, November 30, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. In My Dreams
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Third Week In The Chelsea
5. Come Back Baby
6. Keep YUur Laps rimmed & Burning
7. Full Go Round
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Trouble In MInd
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Water Song

Then it was up to the Ark in Ann Arbor

Hot Tuna 50, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Ark
An Arbor, Michigan
Saturday, December 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Search My Heart
7. River Of Time
8. Sleep Song
9. In The Kingdom
10. The Terrible Operation
11. Trouble In Mind
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second set:
1. Candy Man
2. How Long Blues
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Come Back Baby
7. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then a dash to Cleveland, and The Music Box

The waterways are busy day and night

The waterways are busy day and night

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The weather began to turn up here by Lake Erie, but it was warm inside!

In the shadow of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

In the shadow of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 51, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Music Box
Cleveland, Ohio
Monday, December 3, 2018

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. River Of Time
4. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
5. Come Back Baby
6. That’ll Never Happen No More
7. Candy Man
8. I See The Light
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Re-Enlistment Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

The Boys onstage

The Boys onstage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

With Hannukah upon us I throw out a couple of thoughts gleaned from an editorial in Haaretz.

‘In the nationwide strike over violence against women, we saw that the true miracle of Hanukkah is tikvat hinam, baseless optimism, hope without just cause.’

‘There are times so dark, that the most radical act you can perform, is optimism.’

Radical optimism indeed. Count me in!

Happy Hannukah all!

PS In the spirit of shameless self promotion our show at the Boulder Theater on 12/14 is sold out, but you can check out the concert live here: http://nugs.tv/live-webcasts/5,88/Hot-Tuna-12-2018-Boulder-Theater-Boulder-CO.html

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  1. mikie
    December 5th, 2018 at 09:10 | #1

    You all just killed it at the Marietta show, thanks again for a memorable night.
    I saw John Hartford at the Dairy Barn in Athens where he did a show. The next morning I went to the Lafayette Hotel for a union steward training session, and there sat Mr. Hartford in the lobby! He was there for a meeting of the Sons of Riverboat Men, something near to his heart then. I still have the tickets he signed for me. That hotel is a marvel from yesteryear. Peace on your journeys, m

  2. carey georgas
    December 5th, 2018 at 13:59 | #2

    Thank you for sharing the quote about radical optimism. Always look upward as we make our way onward.

  3. Brian Doyle
    December 5th, 2018 at 20:16 | #3

    All you leave is a colored finger print…

    And it grows…

  4. douglas mlyn
    December 5th, 2018 at 21:27 | #4

    Don’t laugh but I pulled out my Mickey and Minny Menorah that I bought at Disneyland years and years ago. Also, excited to see that you are playing McCabes again!!!! My absolute favorite gig.

  5. DennisK
    December 5th, 2018 at 22:04 | #5

    For you Martin fans…C.F. Martin & Co.’s original factory in Nazareth PA was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s about time. Visit if you can.

    Radical Optimism…sounds like the opposite of “Radical Sleep.” (one of my favs)

  6. John McGough
    December 6th, 2018 at 00:09 | #6

    Paul Shaffer has a biography and it was a great and funny read.

  7. rich l
    December 6th, 2018 at 13:19 | #7

    the wind in chicago winter and fall
    it caused me to wear my overalls
    flat broke it was my fault
    been used to eating porkchops I’m eating salt
    I met a woman in a big mink fur
    big fat mouth me followed her
    she pulled a gun and she take my dough
    I didnt eat my heart out and I didnt get sore

    that’ll never happen no more
    that’ll never happen no more

    Jorma, So will you be wearing your overalls tomorrow night!

  8. eaglesteve
    December 7th, 2018 at 11:21 | #8

    Happy Anniversary #31 to Nessa and the Captain. And many more!

  9. johno
    December 7th, 2018 at 13:43 | #9

    Happy Hannukah and Happy Anniversary to Jorma and Vanessa.

  10. Pat Dunbar
    December 7th, 2018 at 14:45 | #10

    Happy Birthday, Jorma

  11. DennisK
    December 7th, 2018 at 22:28 | #11

    Hi Jorma,
    Can you provide any updates on the Couch Tour from the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall?

    That sounds like an awesome idea.

    Happy Anniversary!

  12. phil zisook
    December 8th, 2018 at 09:52 | #12

    Great show in Chicago at the Old Town School last night. An excellent first set with such wonderful sound. Every note Jack and Jorma played was crystal clear, warm, and awesome. I always feel great after watching these good friends play.

  13. Joe In DC
    December 8th, 2018 at 20:11 | #13

    Great show in Owings Mills md at the Gordon Jorma and jack. Appreciate the efforts. Onward

  14. HOGAN
    December 10th, 2018 at 08:58 | #14

    You guys are killin it….

    Happy Hanukkah Jorma, to you and your family…

    Safe travels
    :-)