Yesterday Barry Mitterhoff and I (after traveling 15 hours the day before) drove from San Francisco to Watsonville to to a live spot on KPIG the legendary public station. We played a couple of songs and then drove back up the coast to Santa Cruz for our gig at the Rio Theater. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 19, 2013
The Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California
Saturday, July 13, 2013

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Come Back Baby
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Barbeque King
13. I See The Light
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Am the Light Of This World
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

My good friend Robert Lee, a fine luthier and dear old friend has just finished making the first Jorma Kaukonen model electric guitar. I took delivery yesterday and this beauty will be making its debut on the upcoming Hot Tuna Summer Electric Tour. When I get home tomorrow, I’ll upload some pictures.

Good times… always good times.

On to Mendocino and the Mendocino Music Festival!


  1. Comment made on July 19, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    jimannlanders, you are a social person.
    It’s nice to meet fellow fans at a nearby bar/restaurant/coffee shop before the show.
    I see that quite a few here drive to out-of-town Tuna gigs. They get there a bit early and would like to meet-up. Share some Tuna concert memories. They may find that they have other things in common.

    Get offa’ your mouse, outta’ the house and meet people in person!
    Have a real-life conversation. @jim hitchcock

  2. Comment made on July 19, 2013 by Joey hudoklin

    Too funny.

  3. Comment made on July 19, 2013 by Joey hudoklin

    Good grief.
    How selfish of me.
    Live and let live.
    No offense intended.

  4. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    Ann Landers holding her reply in check…

  5. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Dear Abby says: Chill it out, johno.

    The bartender will ask the others if there’s more than one.
    If it’s a place that serves food at tables, a hostess can do the same thing.
    I’m sure it won’t be the first time the staff at Harvest Moon has done that for customers.
    It’s S.O.P for bar/restaurant staff. People go there to be social.

  6. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by joe levine

    Hey Music Fan…glad you and ur dad got to see Tuna. I lived up North in Alaska from the late 1980’s – early 1990’s… My son was born there… As a result of living in the Land of Extremes I did miss out on seeing a bunch of Tuna shows, however, the experience of the North was well worth the missed shows, with the Northern Lights, sled dog races, being totally 110% in the middle of nowhere where there may not be a soul around for 100 miles in any direction…you live in the Bush and know what I mean…Just saying glad u had the chance to see tuna…it takes a huge effort to travel to the Lower 48 and glad u had the Hot f’ing Tuna experience while u were here…

  7. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by johno

    Joey doesn’t have any problems – it’s John B. But what if there’s 2-3 bartenders.
    Now we got Dear Abby. Hope to see that new guitar down by the beach on Sunday – Crank it up Jorma!!!

  8. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Here’s the easy way to meet, pre-show (or any other situation where each person doesn’t know what the other looks like):

    First person to arrive: Goes into bar. Introduces themselves to the bartender and informs him/her of the name of the person they are expecting.

    Second person to arrive: Does the same.
    Go over and introduce yourself:

    “Hi Cyndy, I’m John B.”

    Joey: Don’t lose faith in potential friendship/meeting scenarios.

    Bartender says: “Oh, —– (fill in the name) is over there>”.

  9. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by HOGAN

    Hey Jorma,

    Can’t wait to hear the new guitar. I bet some “old school” “Walkin Blues” would sound sweet on that bad boy…Just sayin…lol.
    Looking forward to Stroudsberg and Harrisburg next week.
    Take Care and Safe Travels.

  10. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by johno

    @Cyndy Consentino
    ok, now that we all know what John B looks like – what do you look like? now you got our attention!


  11. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Hi Joey,
    This blog is for all things Hot Tuna, and sometimes ( rarely) people like to make plans to meet up before a show,
    and this may be the only outlet for people to do so, as not everyone is on Facebook, or wants to share a personal email address.
    Sometimes people like to post things that are not even related to Tuna, and if i’m not interested in it, I just don’t read it.
    Sorry if anyone was offended

    @Joey hudoklin

  12. Comment made on July 18, 2013 by Joey hudoklin

    Is this becoming, or has become, a personal, social hook-up site?
    I thought maybe that’s what personal e-mail addresses are for.
    You can’t always get what you want, but I look to this site for intriguing, interesting information & observations regarding Hot Tuna, Jorma and perhaps (I shudder to say) even deeper topics of the soul & life in general. I left my personal e-mail on one of my last comments, as an offer to hook-up at a show, with no return.
    It is nice to be able to look to this site for things that we can ALL share, rather than just the personal plans of a few. Nuff-said.

  13. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by Fred Reitman

    No Houston stop? Seems long overdue. We’d love to see you again. I for one would love to see electronic HT.

  14. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Ok, John , see you then!@John B

  15. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by John B

    I have never been there either and this will be my first trip to the State Theatre. Really looking forward to this show. I am told that Harvest Moon does have a bar area. @Cyndy Consentino

  16. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Hey John, I’m sure I will find you with the description given! Does Harvest Moon have a bar area? I have never been there.@John B

  17. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by John B

    Or i could just make it easy and where a name tag. What is your preference? @Cyndy Consentino

  18. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by John B

    I will wear my black Jorma T shirt . The one with the big smile and the gold tooth. So this will eliminate anyone wearing a collared shirt or a colored T shirt. White shorts and sandals.Should you encounter someone wearing long pants or shorts of ANY OTHER COLOR Cyndy you may feel confident that it isn’t me. I will wear black sandals with the letters O P in yellow embossed on them. I must caution you though to Please be careful should you try to identify me by my footwear as this could lead to an unfortunate collision between you and some poor soul. My hair ; what is left of it ; i prefer to call silver though others would call it gray. It hasn’t gone completely over but i think you get my point. Unlike in days gone by i keep it short. No facial hair , no beard no moustache. Anyone that is overly tall or unusually short ; vertically challenged in todays vernacular; should not be considered either. Definately not thin nor heavy but i could stand to lose a few more pounds. Thats about it i guess. I wish you luck and depending upon your powers of observation i will see you on Saturday evening. ref=”#comment-15274″>@Cyndy Consentino

  19. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Ok, post what you will be wearing, look like, etc, so can find you at Harvest Moon!
    No , I am not going to Patchogue.@John B

  20. Comment made on July 17, 2013 by John B

    Are you going to the Patchogue show? @Cyndy Consentino

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

    No facebook for me Cyndy @Cyndy Consentino

  22. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    No worries! 6:30 fine! message me on FB -are you onFB?@John B

  23. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by John B

    Thanks Paul , wiping a tear . I will miss over the upcoming months . Next summer we will do it again. @Music Fan

  24. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by johno

    @Music Fan
    very cool – that’s the way it is with HT. they have been so kind to me for over 40 years. Thanks guys! p.s. have fun in Alaska.

  25. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by doug mlyn

    @Music Fan
    great story Paul. Jorma, Jack and Barry are what this world needs more of. I won’t elaborate

  26. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by John B

    I will most likely get there around 6 30.

  27. Comment made on July 16, 2013 by Dusty

    Is “Hank” still scheduled to appear with you in New Brunswick?

  28. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Harvest Moon at 6 pm?@John B

  29. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by John B

    @Cyndy Consentino
    Tunultys Pub or Harvest Moon

  30. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by Bob K

    wow – can’t wait to see that baby in action next Monday.

  31. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by Music Fan


    I just wanted to try and reach out and thank you for an autograph of a book you gave me at the Keswick Theater gig on June 14th. See, that was two days after my birthday and it was my father’s birthday present to me (my father has seen Hot Tuna hundreds of times). He also gave me the book written by Jeff Tamarkin, “Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane”. My father and I were walking towards the venue on the beautiful Friday evening when we crossed paths with Barry walking towards the tour busses. My father yelled out, “Hey Barry!” This quickly got his attention and he turned and said hello. We both mentioned how excited we were for the show and wished him luck onstage, when Barry noticed the book my father had just given me in my hand (I was bringing it into the venue to read until the band started to play). Barry asked if I’d like to have it signed by Jorma and Jack and I tried to contain my excitement as he took it from me and walked into the bus. Two minutes later I had my copy of “Got a Revolution” complete with a message that read “To Paul, Happy Birthday, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy”. See, I live in rural Alaska during most of the year, and only make it home for a short time during the Summer. Which means, I don’t get to see my father that much. We also don’t spend that much time together in general anymore, but I know that getting the autograph and message from you made that singular night of my summer unforgettable for not just me, but for him as well. It was special, and although you and Jack may not have recognized it when you jotted down the message and your signatures, you had reaffirmed the ability that a father can still have to wow and excite his son even on his 24th birthday. Plus, after reading this article

    I understand how important and special it was.

    Thank you Jorma, Jack, and especially Barry! And I thought you played a great show! I’ve seen you with Jack and Barry during acoustic sets 4 times now, and I LOVE the shows. You still have the passion, the music, and most importantly the love, that’s why I go.

  32. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by John B

    @doug mlyn

    @doug mlyn
    I’ve driven thru Castroville. Do i have Watsonville and Castroville confused then? I am overdue for a visit to the Golden State. Last time there i took my dad and son to Yosemite ; Death Valley ; Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. What a trip that was. I was finally able to convince my dad to go out west with me on a trip. I am happy i was so persistant as dad passed away within two years of the conclusion of our trip. My son and i climbed Moro Rock togeather and i encountered a black bear and her cub in Sequoia !

  33. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by Ben

    Hmmmm…. do I need a new electric guitar?

  34. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by doug mlyn

    @John B
    John: Have you been to Castroville. The artichoke capital. Gotta try the deep fried artichokes!

  35. Comment made on July 15, 2013 by John B

    I have been to Watsonville CA. Watsonville is the artichoke capital of the world as well as the home of KPIG. That whole area is just beautiful . The town of Gilroy ; not far from Watsonville is the garlic capital of the world and the was the home of my favorite radio station of all time which was K F A T . What a station that was . When you approach Gilroy all you can smell for miles and miles around is garlic . And of course there is the garlic festival. See you in New Brunswick for the opening date of the electric tour and i hope the debut of your new guitar Jorma. Thanks for mentioning Watsonville , it brought back many memories for me.

  36. Comment made on July 14, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino


    Can’t wait to see the new guitar!
    See you next Saturday at State Theater!

    Be well,

  37. Comment made on July 14, 2013 by Doug Mlyn

    Amazing show last night Barry Manalow really rocked it. Especially I see the light and lamps. Whole show was amazing!!!!!

  38. Comment made on July 14, 2013 by Chief

    See you soon in Mendocino! Thanks for coming up!!!!

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