Hot Tuna & Friends: Jorma’s 70th Birthday Bash, 12/4/10


Hot Tuna & Friends
Beacon Theater
New York City, NY
December 4, 2010

Hot Tuna is a proud member of an iconic list of both jam and rock bands that make up the history books of the same. It is no wonder that an all-star cast of supporting players came out to show their appreciation for the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna founding member, Jorma Kaukonen, on the day when he crossed the seven decade threshold at Beacon Theater in NYC. Well, close enough anyway. His actual date of birth is December 23.

Having been a player in the music scene for over forty years, Jorma’s influential electric fingerstyle guitar play has been the source of much intimidation throughout the years, but there is only one crafter of "Embryonic Journey" and it is Jorma.This style of play was Rolling Stone’s source of inspiration when they named him number 54 on their list of all time greatest rock guitarists and 16 on their list of the same for acoustic guitar. 

While his accomplishments are many, what is perhaps most profound is that a guy who literally inspired an improvised style of instrumental play that so many continue to bask and relish in to this day, remains to be anything but portentous to the point that it seems he would be just as happy with anonymity.

On this night, the second of a two-night celebration, anonymity was out of the question as Jorma and Hot Tuna members Skoota Warner (formerly of Matisyahu), Barry Mitterhoff, and co-founder Jack Casady were joined on stage by former Hot Tuna members Pete Sears, Michael Falzarano and Bob Steeler, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, Peacemaker, Allman Brother and founding ARU member Oteil Burbridge, and Steve Earle. All, including the sold out Beacon crowd, were on hand for one reason: to pay tribute and respect to their friend, colleague, and person of musical admiration, Jorma Kaukonen.   

Set One:
Serpent Of Dreams, Been So Long, Ode To Billy Dean, I Wish You Would, San Francisco Bay Blues (Pete Sears), Big Railroad Blues (Pete Sears, Michael Falzarano, & Bob Weir) How Long Blues (Pete Sears & Michael Falzarano) If This Is Love I Want My Money Back, Bowlegged Woman (Oteil Burbridge, Bob Weir, & Bob Steeler), Walking Blues (Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, Bob Steeler)

Set Two:
I See The Light (Pete Sears), 3rd Week In The Chelsea (Pete Sears), Nothing Brings You Down Like Your Home Town (Steve Earle),
Brand New Companion (Steve Earle), 99 Year Blues (Oteil Burbridge) When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Weir, Pete Sears- accordion), Talkin’ Bout You (Bob Steeler), Hesitation Blues (Bob Steeler) AK-47 (Michael Falzarano & Bob Steeler) Funky # 7 (Bob Steeler, Oteil Burbridge & Pete Sears), Come Back Baby (Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, & Michael Falzarano)

Baby What You Want Me To Do? (Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, & Michael Falzarano)


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