All that time hanging out in Ulster Co. in the 80’s at Uncle Willie’s… first time at UPAC

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Being back in Kingston was a flashback. Much has changed since the 80’s which probably explains why we’re still alive. That being said and like it says in the song: ‘We did some sh*t that made the whole world wonder!’ An interesting Zeitgeist to say the least. Kingston has cleaned up a lot since then and so have I. It was good to be back… in the present.

It was our first gig with our good friend Steve Bernstein and let me just way, he never disappoints!

Hot Tuna 20, 2023

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady


Justin Guip

With Special Guest

Steve Bernstein

Ulster Performing Arts Center

Kingston, New York

Thursday, September 21, 2023


First Set:

  1. I See The Light
  2. Great Divide Revisited
  3. How Long Blues with Steve Bernstein
  4. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Bernstein
  5. Talkin’ Bout You with Steve Bernstein
  6. Sleep Song with Steve Bernstein
  7. Trial By Fire with Steve Bernstein
  8. I Don’t Wanna Go with Steve Bernstein


Second Set:

  1. Been So Long
  2. Letter To The North Star
  3. Ice Age
  4. Ode To Billy Dean with Steve Bernstein
  5. Hit Single # 1 with Steve Bernstein
  6. Hesitation Blues with Steve Bernstein
  7. Soliloquy for 2 with Steve Bernstein
  8. Invitation with Steve Bernstein
  9. Good Shepherd with Steve Bernstein
  10. Funky #7 with Steve Bernstein
  11. Encore: Water Song

Lettin’ it all hang out!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Yeah, a superb prep for the Beacon Show!

Really looking forward to it! Time to be a tourist for a day!


  1. Comment made on September 24, 2023 by Brian Doyle

    Great show last night at the elegant Beacon Theater…They really lived up to the moment…Jack was on fire and diggin deep and driving the music…Made extended jams of some of the regulars and played 3 hours…My 4th row seat was right at the stage and it was great…Looked for Joe K at the Ale House but couldn’t find him…Glad to be there to witness history…At the end Jorma walked up to the mike and said “That’s All Folks” and walked off the stage and in to history…

  2. Comment made on September 24, 2023 by Ham Neggs

    “That’s the SPIRIT indeed Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

    • Comment made on September 24, 2023 by Joe K

      meant for Brain

    • Comment made on September 24, 2023 by Joe K

      Brain My wife & I were seated at the bar eating some bar food for dinner. Sorry we didn’t meet up

      • Comment made on September 25, 2023 by Brian Doyle

        I was there at 6:45 but this site doesn’t let you leave quick messages…Nice joint the Ale House…Catch you at the next one Joe…F-ing great show and great New York City evening…

  3. Comment made on September 23, 2023 by Michael Brand

    My 3rd show of the tour and it was awesome!

  4. Comment made on September 23, 2023 by Art

    I have mostly been an acoustic guitar player in my 50 years of playing that instrument. But I have played my share of electric as well and lately (since I moved to the ‘burbs where I can crank the volume a bit more than in the city) I have been digging into that instrument and finding it sort of frustrating in some ways because there are so many more tonal choices and ways of shaping the sound. The subtleties of the instrument (and one’s technique, for better or worse) get magnified as well. It’s a more challenging than acoustic, at least for me. I drive myself nuts trying to get the tone I want. So because of that, it has given me an enhanced appreciation for what great professionals do to get these things right in a consistent manner. In particular, getting the right settings for playing fingerpicking tunes on electric instruments, sometimes with distortion and effects, is much more challenging (at least for me) than getting the right settings for “comping” chords and playing single lines. Jorma and Hot Tuna set the bar for this kind of playing.

    • Comment made on September 24, 2023 by Jorma

      Hey Art… I find no reason to play the electric guitar unless I’m have a conversation with others. I other than making sure my gear works when I need I, the acoustic is the only guitar that gets played every single day! For me the electric is an ensemble piece.

  5. Comment made on September 23, 2023 by thorne ventura

    I saw your first tour at Fillmore East in 1970 (with Leon Russel) so I HAD to see your last electric at UPAC. Jack got my playing bass after hearing his work on “Somebody to Love” in 1967. How can anyone play like that?! I thought…so I tried. Love it. And Jorma…I copied your solos which helped me learn how to solo. So, you guys, thanks for so much great music. The UPAC performance was heart warming. The best to you in everything you do in the future.

  6. Comment made on September 22, 2023 by Bob Thomann

    When I was 12 years old in 1967 I wanted to play music. I was torn between wanting to play the drums or guitar. I knew that if I was going to be any good I’d have to pick one or the other. It was a struggle. Then one Sunday evening after Ed Sullivan on comes the Smothers Brothers. Special guest Jefferson Airplane. The visual was all distorted in psychedelics. It was hard to see. When I heard the final notes of “Somebody To Love” from that Gibson Hollowbody, it went through me like a lightning bolt. It was the guitar. Thank you Jorma for that evening and starting me on a lifelong journey to pursue an ever going journey with this instrument, learning, acquiring, designing, building. That one evening hearing those notes changed my life forever. It was so good to see you in Kingston and talk with “Uncle Willy” at the concert. Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Comment made on September 22, 2023 by Brendan C

    If I lived my life not the least bit interested in SF sounds, or the like, riding busses to various Manhattan locations, since time John Lindsey held office, at some point I’d have made the assumption Hot Tuna was some sort of variety show that has been playing various neighborhood theaters since vaudeville years. I’m going out on a limb and declaring some such similar thought has occurred to someone this century.

    ‘Feel likes slapping…pistol in your face’

  8. After 40 years of traveling to see Hot Tuna they finally come to my town! Thank you Jack and Jorma for so many years of such wonderful memories. The show last night wasn’t simply wonderful and comforting – it was iconic for me. A full circle. BTW, all these years and I first now discovered Jorma’s Choice CBD products!!! Will be placing an order soon. A legendary guitar player is not only what the legacy shall be – it is Jorma’s humanity which shall be everlasting!

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