Tis the season...

Tis the season...

A short note about this amazing weekend… this is one wonderful time for us. I have lived in New York off and over the years and although I am a country boy at heart… this marvelous other world on the Hudson always feels like home.

Friday night we played an acoustic show with the core team… Larry and Teresa are certainly member of our core team… anyway, here is our st list:

Hot Tuna 46, 2013
Acoustic Night For
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
With Special Guests
Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell
New York Society For Ethical Culture
Concert Hall

November 22, 2013

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Deep Ellum with Larry & Teresa
4. Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
5. Hesitation Blues with Larry
6. Barbeque King with Larry
7. Prohibition Blues with Larry
8. Vicksburg Stomp with Larry
9. Smokerise Journey with Larry & Teresa
10. Full Go Round with Larry
11. I Know You Rider with Larry
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave with Larry
3. How Long Blues with Larry
4. Candy Man with Larry
5. Things That Might have Been with Larry
6. Bar Room Chrystal Ball with Larry & Teresa
7. Good Shepherd with Larry & Teresa
8. Chauffer Blues with Larry & Teresa
9. I Am The Light of This World with Larry & Teresa
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning with Larry & Teresa
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey with Larry

What a grand evening of acoustic music for us.

Power trio... Jorma, John Scher and Jack Casady

Power trio... Jorma, John Scher and Jack Casady

It was time for the electric night at the Beacon:

Hot Tuna 47, 2013
Electric Extravaganza
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
With Special Guests
Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams
The Beacon Theater
New York City, New York

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ode To Billy Dean with Larry
3. Second Chances with Larry
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Larry
5. Hesitation Blues with Larry
6. Chauffer Blues with Larry and Teresa
7. Children of Zion with Larry and Teresa
8. Bowlegged Woman with Larry
9. Sugaree with Larry and Teresa
Second Set:
1. Angel Of Darkness with Larry and Teresa
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You wit Larry
3. Rock Me Baby with Larry
4. A Little Faster with Larry and Teresa
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry and Teresa
6. Somebody To Love with Larry and Teresa
7. If This Is Love I want My Money Back with Larry and Teresa
8. Crazy ‘Bout My Baby with Larry
9. 99 Year Blues with Larry
10. Hit Single # 1 with Larry
11. Funky #7 with Larry
12. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning withLarry and Teresa

Suffice it to say that a great time was had by all. My wife and daughter were there, my son was there and countless friends. How good does it have to get. Now it’s off to the Narrows Performing Arts Center in Fall River, Mass. A hearty thanks to all our friends who showed up in NYC for this great weekend. We love you all! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as we will!

Post show Beacon... The party's over... 'till next year!

Post show Beacon... The party's over... 'till next year!


  1. Comment made on December 1, 2013 by Bill Parry

    For us poor relations stranded in Blighty without the pecuniary assets to cross the pond – PLEASE make the Saturday show available by download / CD / DVD / whatever! This needs to be heard more widely. Alternatively – send me a CD-R (c/o HT) and I’ll deliver a comprehensive review in ‘Holding Together’ 54. Can hardly say fairer than that, Dynamic Duo…

    • Comment made on December 3, 2013 by Jorma

      Hey Bill…

      Ultimately and in the foreseeable future, the show will be available through the Hot Tuna iTunes gizmo… couldn’t tell you exactly when, but it will be there.


  2. Comment made on November 28, 2013 by Mike M

    Loved the show at the Beacon Saturday. I was in the lower balcony looking down and I never saw any kind of scuffle or commotion in the first few rows. I have to admit to being mesmerized by the band, but I should have seen something. I’m sorry if someone got hurt.

    FYI- the security guys came down our aisle before the show started and said pictures were ok if you turn off the flash. So, I can’t believe the guys down below got so carried away.

    Anyway, what a fantastic show! You guys just get better with age. Fantastic set list as well! Tuna rocks!

    Good health and happy holidays to all. Can’t wait for next year’s show. Gotta catch the acoustic show next year also, sorry I missed that.

  3. Comment made on November 28, 2013 by Jody S

    As always, worth the journey, a reunion of friends, great music. thanks a lot guys….onward and upward!

  4. Comment made on November 28, 2013 by William

    Jud…shameful indeed…on the Beacon’s part. The staff shouldn’t have to resort to the aggressive belligerence you describe. But as Jorma says, they do things their own way at the Beacon. I’ve been seeing shows there for years and while I’ve gotten some great photos from time to time in the past, in recent years it’s been made quite clear that photos are a no-no. So I opt to forgo pics at the Beacon and simply enjoy the show (which is why we are there anyway) and get photos at other gigs.

    I hope you heal up quickly and have another (non-Beacon) opportunity to get pics (in accordance with Jorma’s stated policy).

    Jorma…thanks to you and the gang for a fun acoustic show Friday…nice way to tee up the weekend. Safe travels and happy holidays starting tomorrow.

  5. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by Joe in DC

    Hey Jud…hope you get better soon… real sorry to hear about that..
    Happy holidays to all
    Jorma Jack, Barry, Skoota, Larry n Teresa………. thanks great times, great music…HFT

  6. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by doug mlyn

    I would also like to wish all the Tuna family a happy thanksgiving. I am grateful to have what I have as there are a lot of people that don’t have it so good. Hope we can do it all over again next year!

  7. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by doug mlyn

    @susan ansanelli
    thank you Susan. back atcha 🙂

  8. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by John B

    Thank you Susan. You forgot Kwanza. @susan ansanelli

  9. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by susan ansanelli

    The hot tuna tradition means more to me than I could ever express. So I wanted to be sure I wished you all a Happy Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year as I don’t think I will be attending anymore shows this year. May You all have peace, health and happiness, cherish the people in your life, till I see you all again.

  10. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by John B

    Jud I am so sorry to hear about your being beaten at the Beacon Hot Tuna show this past Saturday night. Your story is reminiscent of the security thugs that prowled the aisles of the old Capitol Theatre and the Meadowlands back in the 70s and 80s . I am reminded of a young man, Adam Katz; that left his home to see a Grateful Dead show at the Byrne Arena in the early 80s . He never made it home from that show. But Jud I cannot believe that Jorma or any member of the band saw what happened to you that night. If they had I know in my heart something would have been done . Gods speed in your recovery Jud and for the safety and well being of future concert goers please don’t let the matter just go away. If anyone saw the incident that took place please contact Jud You could be next…..

  11. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by steve levenson

    Sorry someone got hurt, but I agree that life is sometimes nicer with glasses off.

  12. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by johno

    Now that I stopped shakin’ I want to ditto Ed’s remark on how blessed we are to have you in our lives. I been to many a show and Saturday nites show was right up there among the best. Thanks to all the gang. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll also give thanks for having Hot Tuna in my life.
    Keep your Lamps

  13. Comment made on November 27, 2013 by Ed W

    I have been around the music since 1971 as a spectator, crew member (security for Academy and Capitol) and over all fan. The Beacon show brought together what makes you guys great: Stellar songs, homage to rock and blues, tremendous performances, please accept my bows : ) It doesn’t get any better.
    As for Larry and Theresa, DITTO.
    Love from Brooklyn crew.

  14. Comment made on November 26, 2013 by Chris Hepworth

    Thank You for such a magical weekend….On friday’s show, Diana and I from Metropolitan Talent ushered the show….NYC fans are the best, aren’t they???? I didn’t cry or anything, tho my lower lip was trembling on some of my old favorites….Saturday’s show was fun nite, no work, and I can’t remember the last time I danced so much, maybe the last time you were in town????….I know how much work goes into making a weekend like this happen, and I want to thank everyone who made this possible….Especially the Hot Tuna gang, you guys are the best….See you next year….

  15. Comment made on November 26, 2013 by Hamneggs

    One last thought
    Larry Campbell’s harmonies on on “I am the Light”, Friday was a thing a beauty to pick out from the mix.
    Love All Ways

  16. Comment made on November 26, 2013 by doug mlyn

    Great weekend of shows! I Have seen a lot of Calif shows, but nothing beats the energy of a NYC crowd! The acoustic show was amazing, and from the minute you guys took the stage on Friday, it was high energy, lots of smiles and lots of moments that gave me “goose bumps” A very amazing show. The Beacon show did not disappoint as well, I loved Theresa’s voice on Sugaree and Somebody to Love. i was able to see some old friends and met some new ones. I would like to thank you and Jack for a fantastic Tuna weekend in NYC!!!

  17. Comment made on November 26, 2013 by Mitch Spector

    Dear Jorma,

    What a great way to start off the holiday season !! The show was amazing there was a buzz all night and your playing and energy level was as good as it gets .Thank you for keeping the NYC Thanksgiving tradition going strong and best wishes to you and the Tuna family for an outsatnding holiday and a great 2014 .Peace , Mitch

  18. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Saturday night at the Beacon was spectacular! You all looked great and
    Were in fine form! What a way to kick off the Holiday Season!

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family

    Peace and all good things,

  19. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by phil zisook

    And, that marquee with smiling faces is dynamite!

  20. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by John B

    I never missed a Thanksgiving eve show at the Keswick. I may shoot for the January show if every thing works out. Glenside is a straight show out the turnpike for me. We shall see. @Steve Singer

  21. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by Steve Singer

    Sounds like a blast. I so miss those Thanksgiving Eve shows at the Keswick. See you & Leon in January if the weather cooperates!

  22. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by Rob

    Back to back Tuna weekend… the only way to go this weekend. Thanks guys for the great music and times this weekend, see you down the road. Now some rest!!!

  23. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by eaglesteve

    Beacon: Loved it. ‘Nuf said.

  24. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by John B

    I agree with Joey that Barroom Crystal Ball was just superb. Jormas vocals were so filled with passion but at the same time his picking was so delicate that it just pulled me into the song.Skooter as always was rock solid and Jack must have had his track shoes on what with all the running around he did on Saturday night. Hot Tuna most certainly nailed it at the Beacon and Fridays performance was solid as well. I would say that it can’t get any better then Saturday night but of course I know better.

    I love Hot Tuna !

  25. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by Hogan

    Dear Jorma,

    Came home to snow, but all I can say is Thank You once again for an outstanding weekend of music and keeping the Beacon/Thanksgiving tradition alive. It’s always great to have family and good friends around to help celebrate it also, I had a childhood friend fly in from Colorado for the show to surprise me who I hadn’t seen in twenty five years, great times indeed. Larry and Theresa are always a special treat, man can she sing…..Talking with you and Jack after the show was just the icing on the cake. All that comes to mind is that the entire weekend was “Firmer than Firm”..lol..
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we all have so much to be thankful for.
    Take care and safe travels
    Looking forward to the show on Friday

  26. Comment made on November 25, 2013 by Andy K

    Thanks so much for sharing so much with us in NYC this past weekend.
    The shows were superb! I Know You Rider was a clear highlight from the acoustic show. The electric performance was truly electric. Jack was as animated as I’ve seen him and Jorma’s guitar playing was as inspired as I’ve seen him play electric in years. Many thanks and do come ’round again soon.

    BTW your daughter has grown so much; almost didn’t recognize her

  27. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Jud Koss

    Yup that was me in row A getting mugged and thrown to the ground by three, then four, five of The Beacon’s Finest during set 1 after taking your picture at The Beacon. Two cracked ribs and a woozy head. Hell, I deserved it. I hadn’t opted for the VIP package. At age 57, being knocked silly right in front of your face. I know you saw it. Shameful. Simply shameful for not speaking up.

    • Comment made on November 27, 2013 by Jorma

      Jud… I saw nothing… If I had, I would have spoken up. I don’t wear my glasses on stage and I never, I said never get eye contact with the audience. Everything is a comfortable impressionistic painting to me. When I play in front of people, my only thought is the music. So whatever you thought you knew, you didn’t. I’m sorry for whatever happened to you. There is no excuse for that kind of response. That said, the Beacon is union and they do things their own way.

  28. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Chaz

    Thanks for two outstanding shows. When the weather turns cold in NYC, we know Hot Tuna is on the menu. This year delivered again — and then some. With all respect to the great Tuna players of the past, this might be my favorite lineup. The talents of Larry and Teresa, in addition to Skoota and Barry, really complement Jorma and Jack. Yeah, this might be my dream team. Can’t wait for next year! Happy Thanksgiving!

  29. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by johno

    Holy Smokes – Hot Tuna, the hottest band in the US.(maybe the world) just rocked NYC. They were amazing – Jack’s solo at the beginning and the end of the show was a sign of things to come. New and old Tuna and Somebody To Love!
    What a show. I Love you guys!!!

  30. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Rich G

    See You and Jack at Infinity!

  31. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you for a wonderful night of music at the Beacon
    It was an exceptional evening !!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

  32. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by caren mitchel

    what a wonderful way to spend a friday and saturday night. thanks for the wonderful music. wish we were doing it again next weekend! happy thanksgiving and happy chanukah to you and your family. see you in jamaica.

  33. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Joe Sully

    Great show as always guys! Last night was a real blast. I was there with my friend T.C. We’ve been coming to your shows at the Beacon since 1975 (first time for me). T.C. saw you guys play at BananaFish Garden (the old 46th st movie house) in Brooklyn back in 1974.
    Yeah, we’ve been around a while.
    My wife came last night too. Only her second time around for you guys (first time was at the State Theater in NJ back in Jul), but she’s a fan now too.
    Also, I just wanted to give a big thumbs up on the regular addition of Larry and Teresa to the Tuna line-up the last few years. They’re absolutely great.
    Well, til next year guys, take care and be well!

  34. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Bob Kelly

    Thank you all,,, music the great healer indeed.. a great night of music shared with friends.. smiles abound.. atunarized version of Sugaree with Theresa singing her heart out.. Than the big surprise Somebody to Love.. yikes,, jack going nuts,, Jorma grinning and jamming with larry.. Skooter going all out.. the entire show was wonderful,, be well… happy thanksgiving to you all..

  35. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by ALF

    Another great Hot Tuna Thanksgiving. I had my wife, daughter and her boyfriend, with me at the Beacon as well this year. Very special. Been so long since that ’75 Academy late show that started it all for me. Besides “Thank you” I have just 2 more things to say. 1- LOUDER and 2- How ’bout releasing them old tapes?

  36. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Max Bernheimer

    What an amazing show. Larry and Theresa really blazed with the band. Thoroughly enjoyable night.

  37. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Ken

    Thank you Jorma and the whole core team for a great weekend!

  38. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Joey Hudoklin

    The Beacon show left me breathless. It started hot, and continued to gain momentum through the second set. “Barroom Crystal Ball” has taken on a new and deeper feel over the past couple years.
    With the first rumbling of Jacks’ Bass on “Somebody to Love”, the show went up to another level. Theresa really nailed the vocals on that.
    I thought “Rock me Baby” well…rocked. There was the intro lead guitar lick, which was spooky good, and then the lead trading between Larry & Jorma which is a lot of fun to watch-and hear. Scoota was fabulous all night. I could go on & on, but to just coin a phrase…
    That’s what I’m talkin’ bout!
    Thank you Jack, Jorma, Barry, Scoota, Larry, Theresa, and the crews that keep the magic flowing.
    I can’t get enough, I’m goin’ to Norwalk.
    Responsibilities be damned.
    Love & safe travels, Joey

  39. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Hamneggs

    Chauffer Blues!
    How can you guys top this weekend next year to celebrate the younger member of Tuna turning 70?
    Jack sings and play guitar on a song with Jorma on Bass?
    Love All Ways
    Thank you for an outstanding weekend.

  40. Comment made on November 24, 2013 by Dennis Richter

    Gotta see you guys sometime. Saw Larry and Teresa at a Ramble. They are great. And love you guys too.

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