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From Pikachu To Poughkeepsie

December 4th, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments
Pikachu tethered

Pikachu tethered

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

So there we were, Vanessa, Izze and I… viewing the start of the Macy’s Day parade from a warm place in Lincoln Center. An auspicious start to a New York City visit and Town Hall.

A delicious Thanksgiving dinner with the Tuna Gang at Riverpark and then it was time for the Friday gig at Town Hall where we were joined by our good friend Steve Kimock.

It's been a while... a decade or so...

It's been a while... a decade or so...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 47, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Town Hall
New York City
November 29, 2019

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Sea Child with Steve
6. Hesitation Blues with Steve
7. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Steve

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
4. Living Just For You
5. Easy Now with Steve
6. Rock Me Baby with Steve
7. Sleep Song With Steve
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve
9. Good Shepherd with Steve
10. Funky #7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song

And as if that weren’t good enough… there was Saturday…

Hot Tuna 48, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Town Hall
New York City
Saturday, November 30, 2019

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial by Fire
6. Flying Clouds with Steve
7. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
8. Hit Single #1 with Steve

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Easy Now with Steve
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Watch The North Wind Rise with Steve
7. Barbeque King with Steve
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
9. Sea Child with Steve
10. Good Shepherd with Steve
11. Come Back Baby with Steve
12. Funky #7 with Steve
13. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Steve

Then on Sunday, as weather was moving in… we bussed up to Bethlehem.



Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, it was a real winter drive, but at least the gig played on the next day.

It's been a while since these babies were hot...

It's been a while since these babies were hot...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, it could have been worse, that’s for sure. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
came on board (literally) and we’ll be together for the remainder of the tour.

Hot Tuna 49, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Musikfest Café
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Monday, December 2, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Barbeque King
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. How Long Blues
15. Serpent Of Dreams
16. Embryonic Journey
17. Good Shepherd
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Water Song

Larry and Teresa are joined on this run by our very own Myron Hart on guitar and mandolin and I’ve been sitting in on Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning. Boy, does she own this song!

Then on a lovely wintry day we zoomed up to Troy, NY and that very beautiful venue, the Troy Music Hall.

This place is awesome!

This place is awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 50, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, New York
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Come Back Baby
10. Candy Man
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. Sleep Song
13. Trial By Fire
14. Good Shepherd
15. Trouble In Mind
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Water Song

Pristine... and musical

Pristine... and musical

Foto by Phil jacobs

We meandered down to Poughkeepsie today and tomorrow we’ll all be at the Bardovan.

OK… moderately up to date.


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  1. Howard
    December 5th, 2019 at 07:41 | #1

    We are looking forward to seeing the show at the historic Bardavon Theatre in fabulous Po-Town tonight!

  2. mikie
    December 5th, 2019 at 08:20 | #2


    I ran across this hour-long show on U-tube yesterday abt the history of the Airplane. Voices now beyond the pale as well as those from the still-living – awesome! m

    ps – the clip of the band on the NY rooftop – Jorma, where’d you get dem pants?

  3. Brendan Carroll
    December 5th, 2019 at 12:44 | #3

    Here in DC sending thanks for dedication and focus band and crew put into art and profession.

    December 5th, 2019 at 13:46 | #4

    I’ve been a Tuna fan since the 70’s when a cousin of mine had me listen to the Burgers album. I’ve seen Jorma and Hot Tuna @ the Palladium(awesome venue, seen a lot of great shows there) in NYC. Then a few years ago I saw Jorma at the Egg in Albany, NY with David Bromberg. Saw the show Tuesday night with my daughters boyfriends, they came away Tuna fans. Thanks to Jack and Jorma for another great show! Keep them Lamps trimmed and burning!

  5. December 6th, 2019 at 07:07 | #5

    First time in 20+ years that we’ve missed the post thanksgiving Christmas /Hanukkah season in NYC.
    It’s always ethereal .
    From the response of the NYC and environs fans the band is at its best .
    The shows ,setlists and guests all looked top notch.
    We’ll catch you guys next year on the road and hopefully in Pomeroy.
    We caught the finale of the “Last waltz “ tour in Nashville with all the luminaries,and Robbie Robertson.
    New Year’s Eve for us this year in Belfast with Van Morrison -should be a treat.

    Long live rock

    Merry Christmas
    Happy Hanukkah

    Seasons greetings

  6. Ellen
    December 6th, 2019 at 10:27 | #6

    Hi Jorma,

    Remember a while back you were complaining about not finding any good dinners in VT

    You should check out The Chelsea Royal Diner on Rt9 in Brattleboro….on your way from Troy, NY to Keene, NH… you’ll probably be driving right by
    Breakfast all day , great local food……a local favorite for years

    Safe travels…. be there tonight, glad you are making back to Keene again….

    Thanks as always for your sweet music and “A Real Good Time”


  7. johno
    December 6th, 2019 at 14:56 | #7

    “New Song For The Morning” Wow – one of the best love songs ever written.

  8. carlo pagliano
    December 6th, 2019 at 20:03 | #8

    Rock Them All High Tonight, Jorma!

  9. Kevin
    December 6th, 2019 at 21:34 | #9

    Thanks for sharin’. I love Spencer’s description of “six musicians searching for an arrangement” along with Grace describing the diversity of the players. And of course ending with Jorma at the HOF with “Embryonic Journey”. Hearing that always brings me back to the 60’s. If anyone who was born after the 60’s wants to know what it was like, what the atmosphere was like, what was the “feeling” of the 60’s, just play them that song.

  10. DennisK
    December 6th, 2019 at 21:48 | #10

    I hope Teresa’s wing heals up soon. The Bethlehem/Steel Stacks show was an amazing night of musicianship for a very appreciative crowd of fans.

    Thanks again for well over 50 years of consistently awesome music. Safe travels to all.

    See ya soon.

  11. carey georgas
    December 8th, 2019 at 09:51 | #11

    @Greg martelli
    I note that you reference luminaries, and then Robbie Robertson. Was that an afterthought or was it done with forethought? Just curious ‘lil ‘ol me askin’.

  12. December 8th, 2019 at 13:40 | #12

    The luminaries were a great band (Warren Haynes /Don Was /Jamie Johnson ,I find Lucas Nelson curious but perfect for Neil Young), et al & than the list of great guests -Rob Margolin included.
    In spite of the controversy surrounding song rights ,I’d never seen Robbie before.
    The guy wrote the songs.

    I had two missed ops to see Band ,sold out at Tanglewood and the more prescient time we were skiing at Killington and several friends left for NYC ,I stayed to ski.
    They saw the show that became Rock Of Ages.
    Had the occasion to meet and see Levon a few times ( last time at Garhering of vibes w/Amy /Theresa & Larry .

    You’ve probably all done so ,but if not check out
    “I’m not in it for my health”
    Great viddy

  13. carey georgas
    December 9th, 2019 at 11:50 | #13

    @Greg martelli
    Well answered. Thank you. Great vid, too, but remember, it’s Levon – I believe the correct title is “I Ain’t in it for My Health”.

  14. Hogan
    December 12th, 2019 at 11:52 | #14

    Nice to see “New Song” back in the mix..looks like I missed some really good shows.
    Keep on doin what you do..

    Take Care

  15. Vince
    January 5th, 2020 at 13:36 | #15

    Once again a great show, with a fantastic set list. Keep those ol’ chestnuts coming!
    Yesterday I was on the road driving alongside a small Airstream in tow, glanced over and saw the model name Flying Cloud! I was wearing a big ear-to-ear grin for miles. Thanks Jorma and Happy New Year to you and the fam.