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Hot Tuna (acoustic), The Tabernacle, Mt. Tabor, NJ: Hear that train November 27, 2009

Posted by Anton A in American music, Hot Tuna.
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Last Friday night, Hot Tuna kicked off their fall tour of the northeast with a tasty three-hour acoustic show at the Mt. Tabor Tabernacle out here in the Jersey Highlands. This is a legendary annual gig in a unique concert space; I’ve been trying to get tickets for years & finally lucked out. The octaganal wooden Tabernacle is the centerpiece of a 19th-century Methodist retreat camp, up on a hilltop surrounded by attractive little cottages ornamented with Victorian gingerbread. They sell only 375 tickets for concerts, augmenting the pews inside with a few folding chairs.
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Jack, Jorma and Barry Mitterhof played two 90-minute sets of fine pickin’ and strummin’ to a rapt audience. The tones and harmonics they pulled from their instruments were mesmerising in that intimate space. They worked a lot of new material in with such Tuna staples as Living Just For You, Parchman Farm, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, 99 Year Blues, Come Back Baby and Good Shepherd.

A nice moment: they opened the show with Blue Railroad Train. In the middle of the song, a Jersey Transit train pulled into the station down in the valley below. You could hear its whistle blow through the walls of the Tabernacle as it approached the crossing. Perfect timing.

I’ll catch up with the electric version of the band next weekend at the Beacon in NYC. Nothing says “It’s the holidays!” like Hot Tuna.

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