A blog by Jorma Kaukonen

Saturday Waiting For Spring

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Not much to weigh in on this weekend… yet. It’s drizzling and in the high 40’s. It just feels dank and dreary but at least I’m not shoveling snow. Being home for a bit I’ve had the chance to hang with the four footed ones, Maverick and Perseus. The boys and I have been enjoying each other’s company. It’s nice to be home and yet there are aspects of the road I do miss. On the road, purpose is ...
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A Dalliance At The River Of Time And A Night At Natalie’s


So on Saturday the 24th John Hurlbut and I descended upon Vanessa’s River Of Time Boutique. I played some solo pieces and then the two of us got together and finished the afternoon off. Last night we drove up to Columbus, Ohio and played a show at Natalie’s Grandview. I played forty five minutes or so and then we finished off the evening together.

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Jorma Kaukonen with Special Guest

John Hurlbut

Natalie’s Grandview

Music Hall & Kitchen

February 25, 2024


Waiting For A ...
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A Trip To Pioneertown & Home, Home, Home


The second week teaching in San Diego

Photo by John Hurlbut

The second week teaching in San Diego was just as awesome as the first. The conversation in a roomful of guitarists is always illuminating! A really great bunch of guys and their families. A good time was had by all! After everyone left around noon on Friday, John Hurlbut and I drove up to Palm Springs and after checking in at the hotel in Palm Springs we drove across I-10 ...
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A Gig At McCabe’s And A Swarm Of Fingerpickers In San Diego


The calming carp at the Self Realization Center

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We had a moment before driving up to McCabe’s in Santa Monica to enjoy the peace at the Self Realization Center in Encinitas. Love this place!

Far from the madding crowd!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Then we headed up to McCabe’s on Pico in Santa Monica

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Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

McCabe’s Music Store

Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica, California

Saturday, February 10, 2024

First Show:


How Long Blues That’ll Never Happen No More Come Back Baby Where Have ...
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Writing With Friends In San Diego


Vanessa, always optimistic hoping for sunshine, dances at the Dana with the eternal children who never tire!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

On Monday the 5th, we welcomed our songwriting class to a week of intense writing here in San Diego. When we left Athens we looked forward to some moderate Southern California weather and while there was no snow here in SoCal, the weather was anything but moderate. I’m actually seeing some blue skies outside the hotel window today but it’s ...
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Early Spring…Buckeye Chuck


Buckeye Chuck was unavailable for a photo op, but Maverick shared getting cleaned and pressed at Tractor Supply’s Do-It-Yourself dog laundry

Photo by jorma Kaukonen

Our very own Marmota Monax, Chuck says an early spring is in the offing and that’s OK by us. The cold never used to bother me but as I’ve gotten older I find I prefer to be toasty. This means that even if it gets into the 50’s today, the motorcycle is staying in the garage. ...
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The Nick Pagano Event At The City Winery


White Rabbit featuring Elaine Caswell, backed by Jorma Kaukonen, Ricky Byrd, Rich Pagano, Steve Conte as well as a hidden bass player and two keyboards also hidden.

Photographer unknown by me, but thanks!

As a person who has been in recovery for a couple of 24 hours, being able to be a part of this show was more than a pleasure… it was an honor!

Here’s a link that explains it better than I can.

Jorma, Jimmy Vivino & John Sebastian

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The Cavalcade Of Stars Comes To River Of Time


So Saturday last Izze Kaukonen, Cass Wilhelm, Myron Hart, John Hurlbut and me converged at River Of Time conveniently located at 19 W. Washington St. between The Donkey and Salaam. River Of Time is currently hosting The Art Of Grace Slick and our gallery space is also the de facto location for our free concerts. It was colder than a you-know-what outside but congenially warm inside ROT.

Izze, Cass, Myron Hart, John Hurlbut and Yours Truly in the ‘Green Room’  ...
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The Blizzard Of ’24


The Jeep… poised to go!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, we got a little more snow than we anticipated… not as much as folks in other parts of the country, but impressive for the Ohio River Valley. I grabbed a little breakfast and motored on down to the Fur Peace Ranch to plow some snow.

At the helm of the Mule

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

Thank goodness Ian and I put the plow on the Mule yesterday. It would have really sucked doing it ...
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Another Year, Another Milestone And Shadows Of Old Friends


Spencer & Paul at Woodstock

Spencer Dryden April 7, 1938 – January 11, 2005

Here’s to us and those like us, damn few left!

In the photo above you see Spencer Dryden and Paul Kantner at Bethel Woods. It was more than a lifetime ago for some and a fading memory for those of us still inhabiting this earth. Spencer Dryden and Jack Casady were the anchormen for Jefferson Airplane in that time. In my opinion, even these many years later, the ...
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