Friday evening, May 11, 2007, Jorma Kaukonen played for the horses. It was an acoustic evening where the legendary guitar/blues musician, accompanied by mandolinist, Barry Mitterhoff, played to a crowd of 300+ Jorma devotees, all to help Mylestone.
Jorma Kaukonen has had a career that has already spanned nearly a half century, He is well known as a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. He is a Grammy nominee for his highly acclaimed “Blue Country Heart,” and, along with his wife, operates a very popular guitar camp. Jorma has also had a succession of more than a dozen solo albums and along with the other members of The Jefferson Airplane, Jorma is a 1996 inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jorma and Jack Casady continue to tour as Hot Tuna, and Jorma also tours in support of his own recordings.
Jorma took a pre-concert moment for a photo with
Mylestone's founder and president, Susankelly Thompson.
We think it's safe to say that Mylestone's rescued horses were on the receiving end of kindness from a true legend. Jorma's a pretty modest fellow and might not say the same, but we know he cares about Mylestone's efforts - and that means a lot. Please join us for a pictorial review of the evening.
Guests were greeted by Lori Rocker outside the entrance to the double barn where the concert was held. Lori and her husband Jon, formed Livestock, the organization responsible for organizing this and several other benefit concerts for Mylestone.
Mylestone is also deeply grateful to the Landmessers who offered the use of their magnificent barn at Upton Pyne for the concert.
Inside the main barn, volunteers were set up to offer an array of Mylestone merchandise, concert tee shirts, plus refreshments.
Diane Becker, board member and volunteer, helped concert goers find just the right tee to remember the event ... and us!
Mylestone also had a small silent auction, with fabulous donated prizes including a signed print by Jerry Garcia, donated by John Sozanski of Image Makers Art Gallery, New Hope, PA..
Jorma (r.) playing guitar and Barry Mitterhoff (l.) on mandolin.
In the breezeway between the barns, Jorma's tour manager and longtime friend, Phil Jacobs, greeted guests and offered an array of the musician's concert tee shirts.
After over 4 hours of playing guitar, Jorma took a break and then came out to meet fans who followed his career over the decades. Though visibly tired, Jorma greeted folks, signed autographs and simply brightened the room when he came in.
Jorma at the post-concert Meet and Greet.
And at the end of the evening, one last shot with Livestock's Lori Rocker, thanking Jorma for his generosity and a great evening.
And photos of the concert itself? Flash cameras were not permitted, (and all we had), but we have a promise from Livestock's photographer that he'll be sending us some official concert shots, so come back soon!
Meanwhile, check out lots of concert photos and other great things at Jorma's official web site.
Thanks also to all the Mylestone volunteers who made the event possible, and again - Livestock, the Landmessers, and of course, Jorma himself.