2010. December 3th-4th. “Jorma Kaukonen’s 70th Birthday Celebration” Beacon Theatre, NYC.

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2010. Decem­ber 3th-4th. “Jor­ma Kaukonen’s 70th Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion”

Bea­con The­atre, NYC.

Hot Tuna flew me out to New York City to join them as a guest on the sec­ond day of a two day birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Jor­ma.
It was won­der­ful to see my old band-mates, man­age­ment & crew again. The night before had appar­ent­ly been most­ly Jorma’s gui­tar play­er friends sit­ting in and I heard there were some very high moments.
The night I played was more like a clas­sic Hot Tuna show with guests…at least that is what peo­ple were say­ing after­wards.
Hot Tuna began the set with a few tunes, and I came up for the first time on piano for “San Fran­cis­co Bay Blues”. I came and went for most of the night as did my old band mate Michael Falzara­no (now play­ing with “The New Rid­ers of the Pur­ple Sage”) who sang sev­er­al of his own songs and played gui­tar on oth­ers. I also played a blues on piano with Steve Earl and accor­dion on “When I Paint My Mas­ter­piece” with Bob Weir. We all jammed togeth­er at times. Oteil Bur­bridge played some amaz­ing bass and scat singing on one tune…what a great musi­cian he is. Jor­ma and Jack were their usu­al won­der­ful self…and it made me feel quite nos­tal­gic about the ten years I spent with those guys. Jor­ma has writ­ten some fan­tas­tic new mate­r­i­al.
It was a very spe­cial night for me.

For a cou­ple of reviews of the show with video try:
http://shakedownblog.com/2010/12/05/jorma-kaukonen-124201/
http://www.jambands.com/news/2010/12/06/bob-weir-steve-earle-oteil-burbridge-join-jorma-s-70th-birthday-bash

 

 

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