Outside of Tilly's in Monticello

Outside of Tilly's in Monticello

Jack and I are poised in front of Tilly’s Diner in Monticello… a good breakfast and cheap.

Phil and Jack ponder the bill of fare....

Phil and Jack ponder the bill of fare....

I realize now with the presence of the classic Hamilton-Beech milkshake doodad, I should have had one. Next trip.

Ceilings at Tilly's

Ceilings at Tilly's

What an Americana way to start the day.

Lawrence Of Monticello... Five Pillars Of Wisdon

Lawrence Of Monticello... Five Pillars Of Wisdon

Then is was time to head on over to Bethel… What a great job they’ve done with this Venue.

Then... and now

Then... and now

I mean really… who knew? I know that the festival was and is an iconic moment of our time, but think of this. It was the Spring Break trip of all time!

Then and now with Duke

Then and now with Duke

Jack, Duke and I by the big stone

Jack, Duke and I by the big stone

The Venue where we played

The Venue where we played

Now, while we were up in Bethel at the gig, Barry Mitterhoff was proudly watching his eldest daughter Tessa, graduate from high school. Congratulations Tessa! Welcome to our world and glad to have you….

Now here is our set list sans the proud papa::

Hot Tuna 29, 2013
The Original Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Bethel, New York
Thursday, June 20, 2013

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. I See The Light
7. I’ll Be All Right Someday
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Living IN The Moment
10. Candy Man
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Water Song
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
15. Barbeque King
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Where Is Bobby Gentry with Jill Sobule

Above our heads at the venue...

Above our heads at the venue...

This was a grand gig on so many levels… I can’t wait for the next time here in Bethel.

Perfection as Yasgur's Farm

Perfection as Yasgur's Farm

On to Albany…


  1. Comment made on July 2, 2013 by Randy Holland

    Took a bucket list trip to Martin Guitar factory & Bethel to see Tuna for the 4th time. Jorma & Jack were kind enough to take a picture & sign their names for me before the show. What an honor to meet my musical idols. They could not have been nicer. Hesitation Blues & I Know You Rider!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my favorites. I think the guys have been practicing a lot, they were fantastic. They played 44 years ago & promised to return to Yasgur’s farm 44 years from now. Are tickets available yet??? Thanx Jorma for a fantastic bucket list trip.

  2. Comment made on June 24, 2013 by John B

    Michael Hot Tuna does indeed come and play in Italy. So keep a sharp eye out on the Tuna website and i hope that in the very near future you and all of Italy will be treated to the magic that is a Hot Tuna performance! @Michael

  3. Comment made on June 23, 2013 by Michael

    Dear Jorma,

    I think, as an American there is no reason to leave the U.S.A, because you already have everything..
    But the other people for instance the European also need your Music.
    So please come to Europe!
    Maybe Italy..

    best regards

  4. Comment made on June 23, 2013 by Chris Miele

    The event at Bethel Woods was magical! Reminded me of times in The Village when the artists would play til midnight and then spill out into the streets and gather other musicians and jam till the early am.
    Thank you.

  5. Comment made on June 22, 2013 by steven levenson

    Thanks I’ll try it!
    @jim hitchcock

  6. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by chuck newman

    When the original took place I remember how I couldn’t wait for the nightly news and daily paper to tell me all about it. I want to help on the subject of malts and shakes. I want to acknowledge upfront that I know everybody has their own tastes but being from Wisconsin we have dairy products coursing through our veins and so the classic shake and malt deserves some explanation. First of all please do not use “soft-serve” or frozen custard. Ice cream only and whole milk not 2% or skim. Many people make the mistake of thinking a milk shake is just like a malt but without the malt powder. A milk shake should always be thinner than a malt. Think of it this way, drink a milk shake and suck a malt through a straw. The Hamilton does a great job on malts but a little less so on shakes. Put your shake ingredients in the big metal cup and put a lid on the cup. Shake it all around holding the lid on. The ice “melts” and mixes into the milk as you shake. If you have the mix right you should have real thick milk with foamy little bubbles. You can top it with whipped cream if you want but please use the real thing made just before you make your shake. You can linger over a malt but a shake starts to break back down if you wait too long over it. A malt can be as thick as you want but use real good malt powder it makes a huge difference because the cheap stuff is just sort of like malt flavor. If it’s you and a date you can make two shakes, one for each, or make one malt, grab two straws and put a dollar in the jukebox.

  7. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    Steve Levenson: Carnation Malted Milk Mix is a sublime additional ingredient.

  8. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by Jay H

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures of a beautiful day. I HAVE to get up there soon but couldn’t make this one. Keep knockin ’em down and we’ll be at the Saturday show in CT. Get out to the water if you can, maybe for lunch.

  9. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Love Lawrence of Monticello!
    I have a picture of myself at the big stone at Max Yasgur’s place from the 25th anniversary in
    August 1994! Fun times! And speaking of 1969 memories,
    there is a great picture of you on a small motorbike with Jack(aka Lawrence of Monticello) in the background!
    Great shot ! Do you have memories of that? It’s one of my favorite pictures of that great time!

    Hope to see you next time in Bethel!

  10. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by John B

    Glad i was a help in bringing back a fond memory Doug. @doug mlyn

  11. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by doug mlyn

    @John B
    John B: Funny that you mentioned Ellenville. When I was about 4 or 5 our family used to go up there for the summer to a bungalow colony, and our family had an account at the store, and i used to think if you go buy stuff there and say “charge it” you didn’t have to pay for it. LOL.

  12. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by John B

    susan do you know the Dillons from Ellenville- Naponach area? @susan ansanelli

  13. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by John B

    I don’t know where you found that Lawrence of Monticello fella but he looks a bit shady to me . Keep a close eye on that one.

  14. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by susan ansanelli

    It was a great show. I was surprised with front row seats and wow, Tuna didn’t disappoint. Thank you to the guys, it was a real treat having just the two of them.

  15. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by Robert

    Lawrence Of Monticello… Five Pillars Of Wisdon HA! No prisoners! No prisoners!

  16. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by doug mlyn

    sweet set list. Nice to see you and Jack the original duo back in action. Looking at you and Jack overlooking the old concert sight. Hard to believe that was 44 years ago. And I read there were over 400,000 at the concert. Unfortunately I was too young to be there. Second Bill’s sentiment.. any stories from that weekend?

  17. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by John B

    I just noticed that you played without Barry for the Bethel show.

  18. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by John B

    Tuna certainly was blessed with some beautiful weather for the show in Woodstock . Sorry i missed that one . Thats a terrific venue that they have there and i hope one day to catch you guys there. Beautiful country .

  19. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by Steve Levenson

    I actually bought a milkshake doo-dad a few weeks ago…steel cup & all. We are still working on the ideal ice cream/milk ratio, but we figured out real fast the syrup has to go in last, otherwise it sinks to the bottom & doesn’t mix in well.

  20. Comment made on June 21, 2013 by Bill Van Iden

    Great pix…any stories from that historic weekend???

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