Jorma at the Nelsonville Music Festival

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

The Nelsonville Music Festival was this past weekend. I was asked to be an announcer on Saturday night and I looked forward to being a minor participant as well as shooting some drone shots of the event for world class videographer Andie Walla. Andie has been part of the Fur Peace Ranch family for, well… a long time. Anyway, I brought my drone to Nelsonville and of course, in the finest tradition of festivals, it poured rain! To further complicate things, Lucinda Williams who was supposed to headline Saturday night, was forced to cancel.

Enter Jorma Kaukonen stage left. With a lot of last minute rearranging of Saturday artists, I was able to help out with a 60 minute set at 3:30. What are neighbors for?

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2022

Nelsonville, Music Festival

Snowfork Stage

Nelsonville, Ohio

Saturday, September 3, 2022

  1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  2. Been So Long
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  5. Ain’t In No Hurry
  6. Broken Highway
  7. Ice Age
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. That’ll Never Happen No More
  11. I Am The Light Of This World
  12. Hamar Promenade
  13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Our daughter and her pals camped out for the weekend in the rain at the site. Now there’s a rite of passage. Festivals = music, fun… and rain bracketed in mud.

Good times…

BTW Love the new site for NMF! Keep it going you guys and thanks for inviting me on board!

Happy Labor Day 2022! No more white?


  1. Comment made on September 14, 2022 by greg

    HI Jorma, I see the typewriter tapes are getting an official release. I had several songs from this on cassette back in my college days in the early 80s but haven’t heard in a long time. Just got back from Santa Fe and in the capitol building is a great photo of Janis sitting in front of an adobe house probably from the mid 60s. Anyways, thanks for more great tunes. Love you brother!!

  2. Comment made on September 11, 2022 by mikie

    Never Forget. m

  3. Comment made on September 11, 2022 by Brad

    Sunday morning, September 11, 2022

  4. Comment made on September 10, 2022 by Arlen

    I just read an article in the NYT about Jann Wenner. I am curious if Jorma had any interactions or insight about him.

  5. Comment made on September 9, 2022 by eaglesteve

    @Dan Nigro
    I turned on my lovelight for him

  6. Comment made on September 8, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    @eaglesteve if you were on the Circle Line August 2001 cruise the kids in the front row with headsets on playing video games were mine (among my most embarrassing moments as a father)
    BTW Pigpens 77th birthday today, Mr. Charlie told me so

  7. Comment made on September 8, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Russia Brooklyn is Brighton Beach?
    When Tuna played that pier, I was there.
    And on those Circle Line cruise concerts too.

  8. Comment made on September 8, 2022 by BrendanC

    Schaeffer series on pier something in NY held downpour risk. Who else but JK was show I got caught in, on heals of a four day bender no less, 40 year’n ago.

    30 years ago I was in heavy traffic about 3:30 on a weekday at same spot, returning from a closing in Russian Brooklyn. Adjoining said pier and beside Intrepid, was an impressive looking submarine twice the size of that carrier. I didn’t recognize the flag (Georgia), but the sailors were wearing those round, striped caps and speaking Russian in middle of West St. They were at sea when wall came down and their peeps told them not to come home. Feds kept story quiet. You’d have to leaf through Summer’82 papers to find story. Or read here.

  9. Comment made on September 8, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Today in history
    Ronald Charles Pigpen McKernan September 8, 1945

  10. Comment made on September 7, 2022 by John R.

    “in the finest tradition of festivals, it poured rain!”

    How true. Who hasn’t been there?

  11. Comment made on September 6, 2022 by Brian Doyle

    Bow in to the wind captain…

    Keep yours sails trimmed and your lamps burning…

  12. Comment made on September 6, 2022 by Greg Martelli

    I’d say the festival goers “Saw the Light”,
    I’m confident that all were spirited by your performance .
    And they didn’t have to “change the locks” on the door .Well done

  13. Comment made on September 6, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Happy # 25 to you know who.And many more.

  14. Comment made on September 5, 2022 by BrendanC

    May I ask about turnout for the festival, Jorma? I’m seeing cancelled dates for a couple artists I check in on and am wondering if folks aren’t attending live music shows as much as pre-pan. Just as likely priorities are taking precedent, family matters maybe. I see Iris wasn’t on link you shared. Her page indicated she might be.

    • Comment made on September 5, 2022 by Jorma

      Considering the torrential downpours… it was reasonably well attended. It is also the first time for the festival at the new site so there was a lot of newness to deal with. All that being said, it isn’t 2019 anymore and it never will be. I’ve just been back and forth across the country twice in the last four months. It is very different in different places and that’s just now it is. Covid has changed everything in everyone’s world. I have no words of wisdom, just observations from time to time. I am so grateful when we find ourselves playing to a full or almost full house. Sometimes the audience is sparse. It could be that our demographic is just aging out or perhaps there’s a Covid spike in the area. Who knows? Just forging ahead here and trying to do the best I can.

      I’ve been told that more will be revealed… take care!

  15. Comment made on September 5, 2022 by carey georgas

    A true man for all seasons. The good neighbor ready to offer assistance when the unexpected arises. The man not just talks, he backs it up with the walk. It’s a rare one who can relegate the ego to the back seat.

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