View at the top!

View at the top!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thursday the Tuna Gang was invited to play the National Anthem at the Warriors game against Houston… and yes, It was 60’s night. Here’s a shot of the rehearsal.

On the hardwood

On the hardwood

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And here’s a link to the performance:

Exalted life back stage

Exalted life back stage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then Friday was our first night at the Fillmore with David and the guys.

Hot Tuna 9, 2020
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The David Bromberg Band
At The Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, California
Friday, February 21, 2020

1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Roads and Roads &
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sleep Song
12. Walkin’ Blues
13. Good Shepherd
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Water Song

A rockin’ good time had by all… finished at 1215. Whoah…

Playing the Star Spangled Banner was an honor indeed…

More will be revealed…


  1. Comment made on February 27, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    @Joey Hudoklin
    Friend me, that is.

  2. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    @John B

    No John I didn’t. Greg’s me on FB, I’ll send my new # on messenger.

  3. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by Tom in St. Louis

    Jorma, when you come to St. Louis you should try to eat at Mai Lee.
    8396 Musick Memorial Dr., Brentwood, MO 63144 (314)645-2835
    Terrific Vietnamese food, just nominated for a James Beard award.
    Of course, you might have already been there…

  4. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by John B

    Hey Joe the day before yesterday I texted you about a few non Tuna related shows coming your way in early March…….Did you get it ?@Joey Hudoklin

  5. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by John B

    Yes Ham n Eggs that was myself and Joey H at the Historical show…..and I am pretty sure that you introduced yourself to me at the North Brunswick show while we were having pre -show libations in a local bar. That Historical show in NYC was one heck of show and one that Joe and I got to sit in for the sound check……God Bless us all and thank you for Hot Tuna..
    @Ham Neggs

  6. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by John B

    Surrender and gratitude is a good start……..@Tom NY

  7. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    Jose’s version was radical for it’s time and I believe it derailed his career somewhat. Hard to believe hearing it today.
    Recall a chickenhawk telling me he would have executed Jimi on stage at Woodstock for treason. Of course the fool never Volunteered for anything or stepped up to join any service, unlike Mr Hendrix who was an army veteran of 101 First Air Bourne Division.
    We’re all a Band of Gypsies or is that too politically incorrect to say today? LOL
    Love All Ways

  8. Comment made on February 26, 2020 by carey georgas

    @Dan Nigro
    No need for apology, Dan. I been going to Astros games for nigh on sixty years. Most of those seasons, we lovingly referred to them as the Lastros. What I can’t understand is that when they assemble the best talent they’ve ever had from top to bottom, they still think they gotta cheat. Hell of it is, in 2017 their road record was better than their home record. I know they done wrong, but I just can’t quit ‘em. I gotta believe they’re gonna earn an honest shot at redemption. This is gonna be a tough season to watch for a grizzled fan like me.

  9. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Dan Nigro

    @Tom NY , Dad just thought Jose’s rendition was disrespectful. The evening news was quite the center of controversy even though there were only 3 network and 2 local stations, can’t even imagine what it would have been like with cable. BTW Dad and I were very close much later in life, I grew up and he mellowed

  10. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Tom NY

    @Dan Nigro
    What was the battle w your Dad about? Brother Jose had a sweet voice….

    back then watching the weekly body count on the 6:00 news was horrible, Westmoreland manipulation.. I remember a relative say.”just bomb Hanoi and Haiphong.

    Lets stay out of stupid wars….then again if we never pushed back against Russia there in Viet Nam, maybe that movement would have spread to Laos, Cambodia Thailand Burma, India etc…. Sometimes you have to push back… Not saying Viet Nam was the place…

    I’d rather work w Russia then fight them.

  11. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Deanna

    OMFG Jorma you rock! Thank you for a great run of shows.

  12. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by mikie

    God bless the announcer for demonstrating that, “If you don’t know Jorma, you don’t know Jack” m

  13. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Dan Nigro

    I too am very impressed,hoping it turns out to be an audition for the World Series. I am sure @Ham Neggs recalls the Jose Feliciano Star Spangled Banner from the 68 Series. Big fight between me and my Dad over that one (him being an NYC construction worker just one of many as you might imagine). Spring Training brings out the best down here in South Florida, sorry to say @Carey Georgas I am boycotting all Astros games, then again my Marlins aren’t good enough to cheat. Carlin is a master, first saw him in Central Park in 72, the old Schaefer Music Festival, subbing for the Byrds.

  14. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    Very possible also briefly met Joey ,JohnO(?)and another John outside HistoricalSocietywhen they did Chauffeur Blues@John B
    LoveAll Ways

  15. Comment made on February 25, 2020 by Art

    Forgive me, but I kept thinking, this is definitely the Hot Tuna response to the the Hendrix Star Spangled Banner – and done on rare form. it was Hot Tuna to the nth power, and I think Mr. Hendrix would be suitable impressed, too.

  16. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by John B

    “Football is played on GRIDIRON and in Baseball everyone wants to GO HOME” One of my favorite Carlin bits. Hey Ham n Eggs did we meet at an Electric Tuna show in North Brunswick NJ a handful of years ago ? @Ham Neggs

  17. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by Howard Wade

    Very cool but you shoulda used the Marshall for the Star Spangled Banner – just kidding. Jack’s tone through the Versatone was awesome. See you in April.


  18. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    @carey georgas
    always loved George Carlins baseball /football skit
    Don’t worry about the Astros the team from the Bronx and LA also reportedly indulged in shady activities.
    thank you and Joey for support.
    Love All Ways

  19. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by Ed

    Well said, Jorma. I’m “only” 66 and have the same view.

  20. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by Ed

    Nice rendition…now if only the announcer could learn how to pronounce Jorma’s names.

  21. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by TJH

    You’re a real rebel Carey.

  22. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by carey georgas

    @Ham Neggs
    There’s a reason baseball stands alone as the quintessential American game. To me, anyway. All three of the other major American sports leagues begin and end using obnoxious buzzers or whistles. I prefer the the quiet dignity “play ball” inspires, and the fact that the last out speaks for itself. The

    As an aside, I appreciate that I’ve seen no trashing of my beloved Astros in here. I bear my shame quietly.

  23. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by carey georgas

    I’m with HamnEggs. I post my stamps with the flag inverted. If that ain’t a paw paw statement, I don’t know one. What I wanna know, who is gonna ever top that for a 60’s night? America’s choice! In the house! Playin’ the anthem! One and done, indeed!

  24. Comment made on February 24, 2020 by Tom NY

    @Joey Hudoklin

    Well said on the sobriety point….sobriety and obedience, and a whole lot of love, service, charity, kindness and encouragement. All this brings more clarity.

    I love my country…it gave me my language and is my home.. America may have been hijacked in many ways, but it is still a most beautiful place to be… We will all try to make it a better place, so we can export good ideas and truth to the rest of the world and not filth and a corrupt agenda.

    You guys looked hip…Jack had some balls on that base… he drove it home.

    Great job Jorma… I would think playing the national anthem was not on your bucket list….Now you can put it on and check it completed. Whats next?

  25. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    @Scotty Forman

    I’m quite certain that without sobriety, none of it would be possible.

  26. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by DennisK

    Hey Jorma,

    I happen to be a big fan of patriot songs. When I got a chance to play a song at the FPR Station open mic, I belted out my version of “America (My County ‘Tis of Thee)” on harmonica. This melody served as the de facto national anthem before the “Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted.

    This was my first time on stage and it was a bit nerve-racking to have the Captain as my “roadie” and the likes of Woody Mann, Roy Book Binder and many awesome pickers in the crowd. However, that moment will forever live I my heart and mind.

    Journey well!

  27. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by greg

    Jorma, I’m with John R. Hell man, Tuna has been on fire for 50 years!!

  28. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by John R.

    For what it’s worth, Jorma, count me as impressed.

  29. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Tom in St. Louis

    From Aaron Copeland to ZZ Top, no matter how great they are, some clown always thinks they need to chime in with “not impressed”. And they think someone else cares. A weird facet of human nature, I guess.

  30. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by johno

    Don’t let one idiot in any way taint such a beautiful experience.
    I got goosebumps. Great rendition Jorma!

  31. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Sweetbac Jr.

    Jorma, did you get a chance to chat with warriors star forward, Dramond Green?
    He has the word “HOPPKORV” tattoed on his right bicep!

  32. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by greggg

    yea back in the day g

  33. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    @Ham Neggs

    I’m with you.

  34. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by JB

    12.15….. We were just getting started back in the day 😉

  35. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    Mr Kaukonen I for one am impressed! Not necessarily with the song but with you being honored to play it. Let me be frank here, I probably would have sat, I’m not a kneeler, if I did stand it would be to hold the flag of our great country upside down during the song. I love America but I fuckin hate amerikkka.
    I’m well aware our family, friends and others have made sacrifices to allow me to indulge in my “snowflake”activities. I also know that my most extremely far right life long friends would defend my right to sit or hold the flag upside down. They don’t question my love of this country, just disagree with my views on how to go forward. Generally, if I attend an event where it will be played I find somewhere else to be and return to my seat afterwards.
    Think it’s great you played it and while I wonder what Jack would have sounded like singing it, no vocals was the way to go.
    What impressed me is that you ,like many of us care, respect, and Love this country enough to be honored and I know your Uncle Timo, your parents and others were right there with you. your wife and children must also be proud that you were given such an honor. Good for you Mr K and , in some ways , I think this is even better for all of us (U.S.).
    You should be honored,I wish all the people who play it realized like you do the significance of being able to do so. I apologize if I pontificated too much politically and took up too much space.
    Love the Yellow Bass.
    Hot Fuckin Tuna, Play Ball. Do they say that at basketball games?
    Love All Ways

  36. Star Spangled Tuna !! A fabulous rendition…well done.

  37. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Robert W Selick

    Thank you, the performance made me very proud to be an American and Tuna fan! I also enjoyed the a**kicking the Rockets gave to the Warriors!

  38. Comment made on February 23, 2020 by JIM

    not impressed.

    • Comment made on February 23, 2020 by Jorma

      At my age, I don’t do things to impress anyone. Frankly I don’t see where this comment is coming from but you’re welcome to your opinion. Fortunately, what other people think of me is not my business.

      Driving on….

  39. Comment made on February 22, 2020 by Scotty Forman

    @Joey Hudoklin
    I am 10 years younger than Jorma and don’t know how these guys do it but I am Glad that they Do!!! Great show…Might go back tonight!

  40. Comment made on February 22, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    12:15 huh? Anytime a Tuna show lets out after midnight is a blessing. Truth be told,
    anything else just ain’t proper.

  41. Comment made on February 22, 2020 by Brendan Carroll

    Jawma Cowcoonin!

    You’ve turned Irish; letting Fin phonetics be massacred without letting on.

    Well done – giving F.S.K. his props, which I understand is a bear. The music of our Country, especially likes of yorn, fills me with gratitude for being American.

  42. Comment made on February 22, 2020 by Jimmie Weaver

    Thanks for posting, Jorma. Makes me feel like part of the GSW ’60s night festivities in SF, even all the way from Nashville! Now I think that with enough study of the video and a load of practice, I will finally have a bass part I can play like Jack. Best always to Hot Tuna.

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