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Jam Cruise With All Sorts Of Folks

January 19th, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments
Leaving Miami... Destination... Yonder

Leaving Miami... Destination... Yonder

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well this was to be Hot Tuna’s first jam cruise and frankly, it’s awesome! Lot’s of good folks, good music and good food!

Jack, Annabelle and me

Jack, Annabelle and me

Annabelle is the lady who gets it done here… monumental job!

We're outta here

We're outta here

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We made a stop in Belize and went to the Mayan ruins at Alton Ha.

Still Standing

Still Standing

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The jungle is relentless!

The jungle is relentless!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Me on top of a pyramid

Me on top of a pyramid

Foto by Justin Guip

Then it was time for a show at the poolside stage!

Hot Tuna 1, 2019
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
Steve Kimock & Leslie Mendelson
Poolside Stage
Norwegian Jade
Somewhere Between Belize And Mexico
Thursday, January 17, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
8. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out with Steve & Leslie
11. Trouble In Mind with Steve & Leslie
12. Sea Child with Steve
13. Good Shepherd with Steve
14. Funky # 7 With Steve

The next day we docked at Cozumel.

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This touring world is an interesting world… I’m going to try to upload this now.

More will be revealed!

  1. johno
    January 19th, 2019 at 12:14 | #1

    Isn’t cruising great. Best thing about taking a cruise is you don’t have to do anything. They do everything for you. Been on about 10 cruises mostly out of NYC and Miami. Been all over the Caribbean – just love it. Enjoy yourself!

  2. Tom in St.Louis
    January 19th, 2019 at 12:55 | #2

    As the freezing rain falls, I can only think “At least Jack and Jorma are warm!”

  3. Chapoy
    January 19th, 2019 at 19:17 | #3

    Looks like fun! Would like to check out a Jam Cruise and/or a Blues Cruise someday. BTW – Joe Marcinek posted a pic with you from earlier in the week. Actually first saw him play in Athens back 2016. It was the Friday night before the final FPR show of 2016. The Rockwell brothers and I chanced upon a concert bill after dinner on Court Street. The bill was promoting Joe Marcinek Band album release show. I wasn’t familiar with any of the musicians listed except for Cody Dickinson (North Miss. All Stars). Show was at the 24/7 – Venue of Dreams which, at that time, was at Stimson and Palmer. In addition to Cody on drums, Joe also had a guy named PJ on bass (from Chicago’s south side) and a wizard on keyboards by the name of Holly Bowling (she should be a household name by now). They came on at midnight and jammed for for 2 1/2 hours straight without a break…to a crowd of me, the 2 Rockwell brothers, and about 10 college kids! It was an incredible night of music. Their takes on “Fire on the Mountain “ and “Don’t Do It” are still etched in my memory. Looking forward to the 2019 FPR season!

  4. Tom Fabry
    January 20th, 2019 at 00:06 | #4

    Jorma you be looking healthy, and you haven’t even hit the salt water yet. Enjoy the sun and peace. Pray for the good old Republic, of America.

  5. Phil Zisook
    January 20th, 2019 at 00:32 | #5

    Great sights, great sounds. And speaking of sounds, thanks so much for the release of “Before We Were Them”. Stunning!

  6. carey georgas
    January 20th, 2019 at 10:02 | #6

    The old man and the sea? I guess the analogy to the novel ends there, but it sounds cool, and that picture of you surveying the main is very cool.

  7. mikie
    January 20th, 2019 at 14:21 | #7

    Yep, you all missed a real nice rain/ice/snow storm last night. Don’t forget the sunblock! m

  8. George Henn
    January 20th, 2019 at 21:07 | #8

    Hey Jorma right off the Key West Theater lobby is The Grateful Guitar shop. You can’t miss it. For the best conch chowder the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon is nearby. A bowl of that will help you sing better! In their open-air courtyard local picker/proprietor Scott Kirby goes on at 5:30…it’s only fitting that Hot Tuna should dine at Smokin’ Tuna. Safe travels!

  9. Chappy
    January 20th, 2019 at 22:15 | #9

    Hey Jorma, Scott Kirby is a great singer-songwriter…got to see him a couple times with Peter Mayer and Brendan Mayer (kin to Dead & Co’s John Mayer). Thought I left a nice post last night but it either didn’t take or was deleted. Anyway, Jam Cruise sounds like a lot of fun! Would like to check out a Jam or Blues Cruise some day. Joe Marcinek shared a pic he took with you earlier in the week. He’s a great guitarist. I first saw him in Athens on the Friday night before the final FPR show in November 2016. The Rockwell brothers and I were in town for that final show and after dinner on Friday night we, by chance, stumbled upon a concert bill for Joe Marcinek album release show at the 24/7-Venue of Dreams which, at that time, was located at Stimson and Palmer. I wasn’t familiar with Joe or any of the musicians listed except for Cody Dickinson (drummer for the North Mississippi All Stars). We decided to check it out. Joe also had a guy named PJ on bass (from Chicago’s south side) and a wizard on keyboards by the name of Holly Bowling (who by now should be a household name for any GD / Jam fans). They hit the stage at midnight and played 2 1/2 hours straight without a break. It was a SUPER night of music! The crowd consisted of me, the 2 Rockwell brothers, and about 10 college kids! Despite the small crowd, the band cranked!!! Although the entire set was awesome, their takes on “Fire on the Mountain” and “Don’t Do It” are etched into my mind forever. Gotta love live music! Looking forward to the upcoming 2019 FPR season!

  10. HOGAN
    January 21st, 2019 at 12:15 | #10

    Great pictures…Looks like you all had a good time, Nice set list also – Sea Child was a good add.


  11. johno
    January 21st, 2019 at 17:45 | #11

    Sounds like you’re having a great cruise. The Mayan ruins are so cool. Love the pictures. Don’t you have a Mayan tattoo on your arm or hand?

  12. carlo pagliano
    January 21st, 2019 at 20:07 | #12

    Rock Them All Tall Tonight Jorma!

  13. eaglesteve
    January 22nd, 2019 at 10:45 | #13

    O Captain, my Captain…..is Jesus the engineer?

  14. Matt
    January 23rd, 2019 at 09:23 | #14

    Ahhhh..the life of a rock star. We can only imagine. Great blog. Keep on Truckin’. Brrr it’s cold here.

  15. AndyK
    January 23rd, 2019 at 13:03 | #15

    Just received “”Before We Were Them”, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969 CD. Owsley Stanley Foundation put it out. Can’t wait to listen to it when I get home!

  16. Brian Doyle
    January 24th, 2019 at 20:52 | #16

    What an album cover shot at the Mayan temple!…

    See you up close Saturday…

  17. Mike in St. Louis
    January 25th, 2019 at 12:41 | #17

    Just so you know, your September 4 show (9 months from now!) in St. Louis at the 715 seat Sheldon Concert Hall is sold out 5 minutes after tickets on sale this morning and I’m gonna miss it!!!

  18. Tom in St.Louis
    January 25th, 2019 at 15:27 | #18

    @Tom in St.Louis
    Third row center for the Sheldon in September!
    Suddenly I feel warmer.

  19. carlo pagliano
    January 25th, 2019 at 19:18 | #19

    Cardinal Rock Them All Tonight Jorma!

  20. Joey
    January 26th, 2019 at 09:54 | #20

    Thank you for another in a long list of outstanding Hot Tuna and solo/otherwise performances for what is for me now, almost 44 years. The interplay between you and Jack last night in Clearwater was intense.
    Particularly, “Death don’t have no Mercy.”
    That’s why I keep coming back. I was able to pick up the new release from 69′ in the lobby. Can’t wait to check out out.
    Seeya next time!

  21. Brian Doyle
    January 27th, 2019 at 02:03 | #21

    Had a good old time at the Bonita Springs show…Some good pickin and a pluckin…Heaven music via the promenade on Blues County Avenue…

    Jack & Jorma 8 feet in front of me in my front and center seat…It just don’t get better than this folks:


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  23. carey georgas
    January 27th, 2019 at 07:50 | #23

    @Brian Doyle
    Sure don’t!

  24. gregg
    January 27th, 2019 at 09:38 | #24


  25. Brian Doyle
    January 27th, 2019 at 16:01 | #25

    We were at the Crossroads last night…The place was buzzed with it…

  26. johno
    January 27th, 2019 at 17:32 | #26

    My cousin who lives in Naples was at the Bonita Springs show also. He was definitely buzzed. He said it was a great show.
    The Key West show must’ve been special for Jorma. He met Vanessa there around 30 years ago. It is a great town. Betcha he played Genesis.

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  28. Paul W
    January 29th, 2019 at 18:20 | #28

    You have been at the time of the pyramid for some time now bra’