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Big Time In River City And Home

Life is more than interesting on so many fronts… Thanks to all for the illuminating discussion following the complaint at the Boulder Theater. Sometimes you just can’t please everyone.

Moving along…

We pull into River City in St. Louis

We pull into River City in St. Louis

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We limped into River City with some transmission problems on the good old bus… but we made it. Stephen did some parking lot repairs… and we were good to go. It’s a new age for the shade tree mechanic. Anyway, walking into the registration lobby I was greeted by this:



Obviously this is not our normal type of venue… but hey, a gig’s a gig and the production folks here were absolutely the best!

The boys onstage at River City

The boys onstage at River City

Foto by Gary Sudin

Hot Tuna 15, 2020
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
River City Casino
St. Louis, Missouri
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Second Chances
6. Living Just For You
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Can’t Get Satisfied
9. Bowlegged Woman

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Hit Single # 1
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Sea Child
8. Walking Blues
9. Good Shepherd
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Water Song

All in all it was a great show for us and the St. Louis audience was awesome! Justin, Angus and jack flew home and Stephen and Myron and I started driving after load out. Spring ain’t here yet, but it’s coming. Here’s a picture Vanessa took in the morning before we rolled in:

Show au naturel!

Show au naturel!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a great tour across the spectacle that is America, but it’s great to be home and just be Dad again.

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  1. John B
    March 6th, 2020 at 13:58 | #1

    Any plans in place to do some shows in Alaska ? My son Paul lives there and he is a big fan .

  2. Mark Didier
    March 6th, 2020 at 15:10 | #2

    Hey Jorma – I sat directly in front of your mic at River City and I can assure you – you guys sounded great as always. Rock is meant to be loud, but you guys know how to do it right – loud but tasteful – with a great deal of dynamic control. Thanks for the explanation on how you “tune” a room and hope to get back to FPR in the next year or so.

  3. AndryK
    March 6th, 2020 at 16:55 | #3

    RIP McCoy Tyner
    Another Man Donne Gone

  4. Dan Nigro
    March 7th, 2020 at 16:44 | #4

    Just being Dad is what makes it all worth it, Enjoy

  5. richard
    March 7th, 2020 at 21:08 | #5

    I was so impressed that you would use 67 plexi for Gibson sounds.You still my heroe.

  6. John R.
    March 8th, 2020 at 09:41 | #6

    I realize I’m coming late to the discussion of the Boulder show, but my 2 cents. That message had a bizarre feel to it for any number of reasons. But the very fact that Jorma devoted so much time and such careful consideration to his response shows just how dedicated he is to his craft and how seriously he takes it. Aside from the beauty of the music itself, this is why Tuna and Jorma fans are so dedicated. As long as you keep doing this, Jorma (and Jack), we will keep showing up.

  7. John B
    March 10th, 2020 at 09:51 | #7


  8. Tom in St. Louis
    March 11th, 2020 at 12:30 | #8

    It has been quite a gift to St. Louis fans to have two Electric Hot Tuna shows in six months. The Sheldon was terrific, limited only by their PA which is now clearly inadequate for electric bands.

    The River City stop was a very special show…at times I felt spirits gathering around the room, as if Papa John, Grace, Marty, Paul and all the old crew had come to listen to the thunder and delicacy of Hot Tuna at their best. Especially during Good Shepard, Billy Dean and Water Song, there was just something wonderful in the very air as the crowd focused all their attention on the music. The big all-purpose room shrank into an intimate space and the crystalline sounds transported us to another place and time, where music could bring people together in a spirit of joy and peace.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jorma, Jack and Justin for an amazing experience. We hope to see and her you again soon.