by Brad Roberts
Another opportunity to see a seminal performer from my past occurs this week as Jorma Kaukonen plays McCabe's four times in two days next weekend. I'm going to the early Sunday show. I saw the legendary Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist a couple of years ago when he played here and now that I've seen Jefferson Starship in concert and Grace Slick in conversation during the past year, it seems appropriate to add him to the group. And he is still the astonishing guitar player he has always been, so it's a chance to see one of the world's greats...again.
The flyer at right was from the one Jefferson Airplane concert that I missed during my years living in Boston. I had already seen them twice at The Music Hall (in Oct. '69 and April '70) and this would have been my third opportunity to see them. But the whole show at Boston College, which included Hot Tuna, and a misspelled Bob Seger, turned into a massive mob scene and anti-war protest and the police had to be called in to quell a near-riot by the crowd outside the venue. Reading about it the next day, I was glad I had not gone to get billy clubbed by the police. I did attend many anti-war protests throughout Boston that year, nearly tear gassed once, but overall managed to avoid any overt violence. You've probably heard about it. It was a volatile time.
Take advantage of this month's superb residencies with a couple of nice bills put together for the Banta and Avid Dancer shows at The Satellite and The Echo on Monday. And the FOMO FEST (which stands for Fear Of Missing Out) takes place next Sunday at The Echo and is highlighting some fresh new talent. I have a ticket to see Jessica Lea Mayfield at The Echo on Thursday so that I can see Mimicking Birds again, who are one of the opening bands.