Foto By Phil Jacobs

I was presented this honor by Mayor Siciliano before the gig. What an unexpected honor and treat! I still have to pay tolls in New Jersey but that’s OK. Good times.

Jorma Kaukonen 30, 2020

Concerts In The Garden At Blu Grotto

Red Banks, New Jersey

Monday, September 21, 2020

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Candy Man
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. Ice Age
  5. Too Many Years
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. That’ll Never Happen No More
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  10. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  11. Waiting For A Train
  12. Great Divide Revisited
  13. In The Kingdom
  14. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  15. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
  16. The Terrible Operation
  17. I Know You Rider
  18. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  19. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Chilly night, hot music!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

My extreme gratitude to the good folks who gave me this gig and to the good folks who came out to hear me play on the Fall nights. I’m the luckiest guy in the world!

Drive home… uneventful the way I like it. Great to be out in the world, and great to be home.

More will be revealed!


  1. Comment made on September 26, 2020 by Dan Nigro

    Glad to hear you felt safe performing Captain. My cousin also had a gig that he livestreamed a little further north up in Rutherford. He is hoping to get it a weekly gig for the downtown restaurants. He didnt get a citation, but it was the mayor that got him the gig. 70’s soft rock stuff, he does a nice cover of Eltons Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters at about the 25 minute mark. I guess talent can skip over cousins, oh well.

  2. An honor and happy to make sure Jorma got the good guy award he so richly deserved for all those 22 quarantine free concerts he gave us all during dark and difficult times. Mayor Chris..

    eaglesteve :
    NJ finally did something right.
    Jorma for President!

  3. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    Lucky to come out of those Turnpike tolls with your shirt…

  4. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by Joe K

    We didn’t hear that. I was waiting for a “yikes”

  5. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by sweetbac jr

    anyone screaming “WHERE’S JACK!!”…they used to do that ALL the time at the Capitol Theater in Passaic as I recall…..well, that and BOO every opening band!

  6. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by eaglesteve

    NJ finally did something right.
    Jorma for President!

  7. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by Mitch Spector

    Awesome & Happy Friday Jorma !! Hope you are having a beautiful day .
    Peace ..

  8. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by Hogan

    Congrats Captain…
    Nice set list too…
    Glad everything went well.
    Stay Safe

  9. Comment made on September 25, 2020 by Ed

    And if you go back to 1971, you could have seen the Airplane for $5 in West Orange, NJ – had the show not been canceled….I never did get a refund, but after 22 free Quarantine Concerts I’m ok with that.

  10. Comment made on September 24, 2020 by Willy

    @Chappy…pretty good memory indeed. I saw those shows at Waterloo and in Parsippany (either the Marriot or the Hilton on Rte 10, either way it was a low ceiling!). But the best were the various solo JK shows I saw ’84 – ’87 at the legendary Stanhope House. A memorable one was in February ’85 with a Harley parked on stage behind Jorma. (Speaking of ‘citations” Jorma, remember comin’ up the Turnpike to do a Stanhope show with Joey Balin after visiting Dollywood?) Anyway, as John Hartford might have said, the “back in the goodle days”. Not that nowadays are necessarily the “baddle” days. I missed the Blu Grotto shows, but looking forward to the next time around, hopefully soon!

  11. Comment made on September 24, 2020 by Chappy

    I’d say that’s suitable for framing! Lived in NW NJ for a couple years back In ‘90-‘92. Saw some great shows at Garden State Arts Center and one of my favorite places of all time the Stanhope House. Also a couple great HT shows back then: Electric HT in Parsippany (it was a hotel ballroom…maybe Holiday Inn?)…great rockin’ show! And then at Waterloo Village: Acoustic duo opening on a double-bill with Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman….if my memory serves me well..

  12. Comment made on September 23, 2020 by Walter Hetfield

    Your music has always had an NJ connection. The show and the citation were apt.

  13. Comment made on September 23, 2020 by JohnB

    Good one Rob ! It truly was a special night at Monmouth Park on Monday evening. All of the practice time you have put in since the quarantine started was very evident in your playing . You were just terrific in all aspects of your performance. Thanks again Jorma for coming to the Garden State and delivering an end of summer treat to all in attendance.

  14. Comment made on September 23, 2020 by Rob

    Nice, Jorma! Congrats! You’re among the very rare few who leave NJ with something bearing the word “Citation” who is still smiling.

  15. Comment made on September 23, 2020 by Ed M

    Jorma my wife and I had great time at the show on Sunday in NJ. Was great being out and hearing live music. But also not just music Jorma live. Thank you for playing in the Summer cold night. Would love to see the show on video in the future if possible. Stay healthy and safe.

  16. Comment made on September 23, 2020 by Ed

    That was a really nice show on Monday night, Jorma. Thank you so much for coming to NJ (and toughing it out in the cold). Those train engineers need to get their timing down, but they sure have a nice sound.

    And if you can forgive a presumptuous comment: Your extended “practice environment” pays off for us, too. It’s been half a century since I first saw you play and I think you’re sounding better than ever.

  17. Thank you Jorma what a fantastic show. It was great to see you live again. Keep on truckin’

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