What’s a trip to Manhattan without stopping by to say ‘Hello’ to the Intrepid.
Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen
Manhattan, gotta love it! This was the day before the Beacon gig as Nessa and I wandered around trying to decide which delicious ethnic restaurant to eat at. We settled on Ippudo, NY at 321 W. 51st. Yummy, and on to the Beacon.
Going fishing indeed
Photo by Phil Jacobs
Being a performing artist means inhabiting in interesting world and even with friends it is not for the faint of heart! In the decades that I have been privileged to perform for live audiences I have come to realize that I have generated expectations with my listeners. I’m no better than anyone else. I have my favorite moments for performers. For example, I really like Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker when they were Cream. That’s the incarnation that is truly a zeitgeist for me. We all have such Zeitgeists. Jack and I have been most fortunate over the years in that our fans have allowed to change members as the situation and time required. Some folks have become married to various incarnations but the truth is that time goes on and Jack and I have always been seekers. As time has evolved, we have continued to learn over the years and even though I have never strayed far from the tree that shades my creative life, the fact is that I just know more about music today than I did more than a half a century ago. That’s a good thing.
As a musician the spark of creativity generated when one is young is not judged by one’s knowledge of music theory which for me was a good thing since I knew nothing of music theory. Something in our art was relatable and as a result… here we are. We love to take chances and are always looking for something to give us a better perspective on music and life.
What is the point of this self serving blather? The comments have been flying about our incarnation on this Final Electric Run. Set lists for example: I love rocking out with the best of them but I also just like good songs and fortunately Jack and I have bird dogged a bunch of good songs over the years. All songs in a set do not need to be slammin’ ear bleeders. There is power in music if the story is good. That is our goal… to be able to tell a good story with words and music… and people. Adding Steve Bernstein to a limited number of shows on this run has enhanced our palette immeasurably and is just plain good fun. We get to do that and we get the message across as well. Steve is only on board for three shows. Two have been played and last will be at the Keswick in the Philly area. It has also occurred to me that our good friend Justin Guip has probably been a member of Hot Tuna longer than anyone save jack and myself.
There’s nothing like good friends getting together to make music…
Photo by Vanessa Kaukone
Anyhow, moving right along… then there’s the matter of HotTuna vs HotTuna… HoTuna on the drum head and HotTuna on other items. No this is not a typo. It’s just artistic license as either one looks better on some things rather than other. Plus… remember, ‘Dada is nada.’
This set list is not nada:
Hot Tuna 21, 2023
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
With Special Guest
The Beacon Theater
New York City, New York
- Second Chances
- Ice Age
- Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out with Steve Bernstein
- Ode To Billy Dean with Steve Bernstein
- Talkin’ Bout You with Steve Bernstein
- Soliloquy For 2 with Steve Bernstein
- Trial By Fire with Steve Bernstein
- Bowlegged Woman with Steve Bernstein
- I Don’t’ Wanna Go with Steve Bernstein
- I See The Light
- Hesitation Blues with Steve Bernstein
- Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve Bernstein
- Hit Single #1 with Steve Bernstein
- Invitation with Steve Bernstein
- Come Back Baby
- Sea Child with Steve Bernstein
- Good Shepherd with Steve Bernstein
- Funky # 7 with Steve Bernstein
- Encore: Water Song
…and we we able to get all the songs we wanted to play in under the curfew wire.
Continuing to move along. ‘Lots of things I want to do, so I don’t wanna go!’
Good night New York form Jorma, Justin, Steve and Jack
Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen
All things considered, it’s good times for us. Come on out and see for yourself!
Morning in Weehawken… getting ready to move on.
Photo by Jorma Kaukonen