Tickets are Still Available for an Evening with Jorma Kaukonen
Submitted by Jeff Munson on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 2:38pm
General admission tickets are still available for Jorma Kaukonen’s performance this Thursday, Oct. 18 at The High Sierra Brewing Company in Carson City. Kaukonen, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, is one of the most highly respected interpreters of Americana, Blues and American roots music. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy his music in an intimate, up close setting. The show begins at 8:00pm, doors open at 7 pm.
General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.highsierrabrewco.com, or at the High Sierra Brewing Company, the Firkin and Fox in Carson City, and the Firkin and Wolf in Reno. For more information call 775-884-2739. The High Sierra Brewing Company is located at 302 N. Carson Street in Carson City.
Below and here is a story about the musician by contributor Karel C. Ancona.
Legendary guitarist on tap at High Sierra Brewing Company
By Karel C. Ancona
At the age of 14, years after requisite piano lessons - and discovering he didn't like the discipline required - Jorma Kaukonen discovered guitar and found it was his instrument.
The now Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, founding member of iconic rock band The Jefferson Airplane and of long-touring band Hot Tuna and legendary guitarist in his own right, plays High Sierra Brewing Company, Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in a show produced by Chili Bop Entertainment.
One of the most prolific musicians to come out of the 1960's Jorma, whether playing with others or solo, does so because he's "not trained for any other gainful employment," and also because he simply loves what he does.
"I started out playing old-timey bluegrass and simple rock 'n roll and was hooked," he said.
Today, Kaukenon is one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists and interpreters of blues, American roots music and Americana. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for his album, "Blue Country Heart," and with a career that has spanned nearly 50 years, was part of the San Francisco music scene that shaped popular rock and the music of a generation.
At the time, he didn't realize the historic significance of what he was doing.
"I didn't think about it at all ...I was playing great music with all my buds and bud-ettes," he said. "Being in The Airplane eventually got me a higher paid gig as a fok artist than most, though."
Today, Jorma continues to tour in various line-ups and many with his childhood friend, Jack Casady.
"I met Jack in early 1957 ... his older brother and I were buds and I found I had more in common with Jack," Jorma said. "We've been together a long time and always respected each other as men and musicians, never had an argument.
"We didin't play together for awhile, because I had gone solo and in '65 got in The Airplane and even though I had never heard Jack play bass, I just knew he was the right guy for the job ..he's an accomplished guitarist and only took up bass because (bass guitarists) were more like to be gainfully employed so he opted for the latter."
That partnership continues today, with their most recent release in 2011 by Hot Tuna of "Steady as She Goes." Recorded at Levon Helm's studio and produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell, the ablum "captures the energy of their live performances with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin (he will play High Sierra with Jorma), drummer Skoota Warner and joined by Campbel on guitar, fiddle, organ and vocals.
They plan another record next year, followed by a solo project by Jorma slated after.
Because his time not touring is spent at his 200 acre Fur Peace Ranch in southern Ohio, Jorma has spent most of his time writing alone.
"Steady as She Goes," changed that, being collaboratively written by Jorma, Jack and Larry because they happened to be in close proximity at the time.
"I loved it and found I was less self-conscious because when looking at the art of the song, perhaps telling a story from life and I'm by myself, I have to step back and analyze it and there was none of that working together," Jorma said, "The sum is definitely better than the parts."
'The War of Art,' a book by Steven Pressfield is one of Jorma's favorites because it sums up the action required to create. "The book in short says, 'get off your ass and do it.'"
Jorma's recent travels have taken him to China where people came from as far away as Mongolia to hear the music.
"It was fabulous and I kept thinking, 'how do they even know about this?," he said.
And regardless of where in the world he's performing, audiences connect.
"Music is the direct pipeline to the soul and words aren't needed to make convey a feeling," Jorma said. "Music affects me that way and that I can affect others that way would be the best part of what I do."
When not touring, Jorma and his wife spend much of their time teaching music and hosting events and workshops at the ranch.He also has a blog at jormakaukenon.com and has no intention of retiring.
"My father was in foreign service and when he retired, he went on with his life but he never got to do what he loved so much, again," Jorma said. "What would I retire from? I may have to slow down the touring, but we have the music school, a couple hundred acres and life couldn't be any better.
When asked what his greatest accomplishment has been, Jorma, with all his accolades and fame, said, "fatherhood."
"I came to that later in life and there has been no greater joy," he said. "My daughter plays piano ... and I tell my son, 'just find something you love to do and do it.' Yeah...being a dad is the coolest thing I have done.
"And on that note, I have to go read a bedtime story."
Seating for An Evening with Jorma Kaukonen is limited. Tickets cost $35 each or $65 for VIP which includes food, drinks and a meet and greet with Jorma, available at highsierrabrewco.com or in person at High Sierra Brewing Company, 302 N. Carson St. and The Firkin & Fox 310 S. Carson St., in Carson City or at The Firkin & Wolf, 13971 S. Virginia St., Reno. For more information, call 775-884-2739.