Last night the boys and I were at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Barry and I have been playing the Ark since it was in a house many, many years ago. Good then… good now. I love this place. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 54, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Ark
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Barbeque King
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Nobody knows You When You’re Down And Ou
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Goodbye To he Blues
8. Izze’s Lullaby
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

This is just a short entry… we’re on our way to the Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio for our gig tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll actually be home for most of Friday. I have a gig Saturday with Della Mae at the Fur Peace Station down at the Fur Peace Ranch in Darwin, Ohio.

Then the bus leaves after the show and we go to Chicago to the City Winery for two shows and then home on Monday. Yeah buddy.

That’s it for now….


  1. Comment made on December 7, 2013 by Mike Anderson

    John, I’ve seen Jorma at Toads in New Haven so many time during the 80’s, can’t count, right after I made insurance settlement after losing my leg above the knee in motorcycle/car accident (car 1, motorcycle rider 0) I was flush with $, I bought tickets for about 20 friends and family to a Jorma show there, some had never even heard of him before, one left there and she told me she wanted to go home and smash her guitar, she was just amazed. She’s now a bank vice president.

  2. Comment made on December 6, 2013 by John B

    Good story Mike . Thank you for sharing. I have heard of Toads place but never had the pleasure of seeing a show there . @Mike Anderson

  3. Comment made on December 6, 2013 by Mike Anderson

    @John B – Was overseas in the Navy in mid-70s, reading Playboy Mag (only for articles) and they had an article about Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Review Rolling into the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. Saw a lot of great shows there, they’ve since refurbished the place, absolutely beautiful job, and recently saw Steve Winwood there. Saw Jorma at a Toads Place that they franchised in Waterbury and as we were standing in line, a kid went in with a jar of Ragu and pound of Ronzoni, we asked who that was for and he said Jorma, now I’m half Italian (my Mother) and my firend with me is 100% Italian and we looked at each other and Ragu??? If we’d known he liked Italian, we’d have invited him over at noon and by showtime, he’d have been done with dinner.

  4. Comment made on December 5, 2013 by John B

    @Mike Anderson
    Love the Palace in Waterbury Mike. I saw JGB Band there way back in the day. Great place. The Rockwell went for like 34 million or something. I’ve got to get up some time soon and see the museum. That was the most money paid for a painting by an American artist I think.

  5. Comment made on December 5, 2013 by doug mlyn

    yeah buddy!

  6. Comment made on December 5, 2013 by eaglesteve

    Well I’ve got the doctor’s tomorrow, so before I forget:
    25 years this Saturday.
    Congrats, and wishing you many more.

  7. Comment made on December 5, 2013 by johno

    There is light(sunshine) at the end of the tunnel. I see you guys take a well deserved hiatus after the windy city. yee ha ole buddy!

  8. Comment made on December 5, 2013 by Mike Anderson

    Jorma, thought I’d just dive in here after reading some of your previous posts from Mass. and Conn., and seeing on the the Rockwell painting aucting off for mega-bucks, next time you’re in the area with your family, the Rockwell Museum is well worth the trip, I was overwhelmed seeing his work up close and personal. then just shoot over east and visit with Arlo Guthrie if he’s still there. Heading down south through Conn. into Woaterbury is one of the best “Palace” Theaters. Considered to have the best acoustics of them all in the U.S. of A. Saw Hot Tuna with your brother Peter at the Palace in New Haven, CT back around 1989/90, still have the ticket stub somewhere along with the New Haven Advocate interview. A lot of old empty factories here also, brown fields now.

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