May 09-12, 2014 – Jorma, Woody Mann, Chris Smither Recap

We just wrapped up what turned out to be a fantastic weekend in every way . . . well aside of the thunderstorms.  Thankfully, the thunderstorms didn’t last too long, though they did drop a significant amount of rain – which is a blessing when you consider the severe drought other parts of the country are experiencing.

Class Photo

Class Photo

Student arrivals went smoothly on Friday morning with a near even mix of new students and returning students (“repeat offenders” – as they have become to be known).

Woody Mann set up shop in the Workshop building, while Chris Smither took his class into the Library.  Jorma Kaukonen and his class made the front of the Fur Peace Station their woodshed for the weekend (though they did venture down to the A-Frame studio Saturday afternoon while Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express began setting up in the FPS Concert Hall).

Captain Jorma tries to woo Woody Mann to the electric side

Captain Jorma tries to woo Woody Mann to the electric side



While Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express was setting up and doing their sound check Jorma was trying to get Woody Mann to make the switch to electric guitar.  Fortunately he was unsuccessful in his attempt and Woody chose to stick with acoustic guitar. Woody put on what can only be described as a short but sweet opening set, heavy on the sweet!






Marquee Poster

Marquee Poster

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express followed Woody after a short intermission.   The band was on fire Saturday night, and the engine on the locomotive was set to overdrive!  Kevin Morgan made a special marquee poster for the evening and I think it describes the evening better than words can!  Can’t wait to hear the radio program from this performance!





Brian Auger's Oblivion Express (L to R: Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Karma Auger, Les King, Yarone Levy)

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express (L to R: Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Karma Auger, Les King, Yarone Levy)

Chris Smither and Woody Mann enjoy Brian Auger's Oblivion Express on the rail

Chris Smither and Woody Mann enjoy Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express on the rail

This will be one of those shows that everyone who was there will be talking about for awhile to come!  We hope to have these guys back one day!

Sunday afternoon we held our student performance in the Fur Peace Station.  What transpired was nothing short of spectacular!  All of the performances were absolutely top notch!

Here’s the set list from the afternoon:

Woody Mann's class performing "I'll Fly Away"

Woody Mann’s class performing “I’ll Fly Away”

Woody Mann class – I’ll Fly Away
Karl Dentino –  I Know You’re With Him (original)
Bob Doherty – Shady Grove
Kim Poindexter – Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Mitchell Maghakian –  Sally, Where’d You Get Your Liquor From
Will & Alona Williamson – Salt (original)
David Waxman – Rock of Ages
Will Heelan –  Sorry
Doug Brimmel – Policy Blues
Steve Gunn – How’s About You
Michael Marcovitz – Midnight in Malpitas
Marie Christ – Big Road Blues
Peter Holland – Stealin’
Ben rudnick – Clown Shoes (original)
Hurl & VK –  No Women No Cry
Terry Gurley –  I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight
Will & Alona Williamson –  Nobody’s Fault But Mine (original)
Kim poindexter – Privateering
Mitchell Maghakian – Red Headed Woman

Monday came along a bit too quickly as it usually does.  Before the departures Jorma, Chris and Woody pose for one last picture . . . till next time!

Woody Mann, Chris Smither, Jorma Kaukonen

Woody Mann, Chris Smither, Jorma Kaukonen

Thank you everyone for a fabulous weekend!


2014 Arts and Minds Fest

ArtHandsThe Fur Peace Ranch Holiday Faire and Psylo Days are back!  After last year’s success of both of these events, we decided to combine both and make it a two day festival!  The Fur Peace Ranch proudly presents the Arts & Minds Fest!  This extravaganza will feature arts and craft works by artisans and eco-conscious and socially responsible organizations and presentations!

This special two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday July 26-27, 2014.  In conjunction with the festival, Hot Tuna will perform on Saturday, July 26, David LaFlamme's It's A Beautiful Day2014 at 8 PM (sold out).  David LaFlamme’s It’s A Beautiful Day, one of San Francisco’s seminal groups from the 60’s Psychedelic Era, will perform on Sunday July 27, 2014 at 8 PM (tickets available here)

This event will be a casual, family-friendly event.  Bring the family and enjoy a great day at the Ranch!  Get some of your holiday shopping done early and expand your consciousness at the same time!

If you are interested in vending or registering your organization you may request a Vendor Package by sending an email to or call the office at (740) 992-2575.


Two 2014 Concerts Added!

Two concerts have recently been added to our 2014 Concert Series!

David Bromberg BandOn Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8 PM we will be hosting a performance by the David Bromberg Band! Many of you who listen to Americana music are probably familiar with David as he has been described as the “godfather of Americana”.

For those of you who don’t recognize him, you are more than likely familiar with David’s playing and just don’t realize it.  While David has had his own solo career since 1970,  he began his career in the mid-60’s in New York City and quickly become a “first-call” studio musician and recorded with Jerry Jeff Walker, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Tom Rush, and countless other over the decades.  He has also recorded several albums of his own over the years.  His latest endeavor is the newly released Only Slightly Mad, which was produced by Larry Campbell.

Not only is David a virtuoso musician he is an astonishing performer whose range and depth of music has grown a devoted fan base.  Come see why for yourself!

David LaFlamme's It's A Beautiful DayWe have added a second show to our Arts and Minds Festival that takes place July 26-27, 2014 at Fur Peace Ranch.  On Sunday, July 27, 2014  . . . David LaFlamme’s It’s A Beautiful Day will be performing in the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall at 8 PM.  It’s A Beautiful Day formed in San Francisco during the height of the psychedelic era, the year known as “The Summer of Love”.  While they did not quite achieve the success of some of their contemporaries like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, they are considered to be one of the most important groups of the San Francisco scene creating a unique blend of folk, jazz, rock, classical and world music.   Join us and experience their blend of psychedelia!

If you are one of our Season Ticket holders, these show are not part of your season pass.  You will have to purchase tickets for these added performances.

You can purchase tickets for both performances at the Company Store.



Twas the night before first camp

Twas the night before first camp

When all through the Ranch . . .

Cabins with new awnings

Cabins with new awnings

The Fur Peace Ranch opens to the first workshop of the 2014 season tomorrow, our 17th season!  We’re all excited to get the season on the way.  After all, it was a long, cold, hard winter here and not many people came near.  So it will be great to greet our first group of students to help us breath life back into Fur Peace Ranch.

We’ve made some improvements to the Ranch over the long, cold, harsh winter.  Smiles, our handyman/grounds keeper, designed, cut and built awnings on all of the cabins.  He is now busy putting the final touches to an awning that will cover the grill area by the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall.

Hannah in the Gallery

Hannah in the Gallery

Hannah, our Psylodelic Gallery guru, has finished installing the new gallery show which will feature some art work by Grace Slick and photos by Raul Chavez.  All of Grace’s artwork is for sale. We also have a Janis Joplin piece that we were very excited to get. The photos by Raul (also for sale) feature members of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead at a January 1967 festival in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Teaching this weekend is Jorma, with his trusty assistant Marjorie Thompson, leading a workshop titled “Love Is Strange.”  They will be using songs that display Jorma’s self-described “idiosyncratic views of relationships” as material for the level 3 workshop.

Jack is also on the roster this weekend teaching “Songs of Jefferson Airplane.”  He arrived early in the week and has been busy setting up his classroom down in The Studio and rehearsing material for the weekend.  Not only does Jack have a full class, his class also contains two scholarship recipient’s (Veteran’s).  Way to go Jack!

We also have Verlon Thompson, who many learned of through his work with Guy Clark over the decades,  on board to teach a Songwriting Workshop.  Verlon has been teaching Songwriting at the Ranch for several years now (and hopefully many more) and for good reason – he is one heck of a songwriter in his own right.  If you don’t believe us, we hope you’ll give him a listen and discover him for yourself!  In fact here is a video from Verlon’s performance and the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall in 2012.

Marty Balin Band @ FPR

Marty Balin Band @ FPR

We are eagerly awaiting the arrive of the Marty Balin Band tomorrow.  Jorma and Jack are both excited to see their former Jefferson Airplane collaborator making his first (and hopefully not last visit) to Fur Peace.  It has been at least two years since they have all seen each other . Marty came to one of their shows down in Florida during an electric Hot Tuna tour. Marty will be here for much of the weekend and playing in the Concert Hall Saturday and Sunday night to a sold out house.  The original Hot Tuna Duo – just Jorma and Jack – will be opening the shows.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that the guys will perform an encore or two together!

More later . . . .