Jorma’s Embryonic Journey at Baker this Afternoon

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Renowned musician Jorma Kaukonen and his wife Vanessa will recount their storied musical past; which spans half a century this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater as a part of the campus-wide On the Green celebration. As one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, Kaukonen will explore his experiences at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll as a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

“Jorma Kaukonen was a dream speaker for our Executive Director, Jennifer Neubauer,” said Casey Arnold of the Ohio University Alumni Association. “Given his connection to the area through the Fur Peace Ranch, she was excited about the possibility of including him in On the Green Weekend. We worked through a campus partner who had a connection with the Kaukonens to make contact with them, and we were absolutely ecstatic when Jorma and his wife Vanessa agreed to join us.”

“We will be featuring them in our Alumni College programming. Alumni College is a program that offers alumni returning to campus a chance to take small courses with faculty, staff, and other OHIO community members,” said Arnold. “The alumni who attend this event are intellectually curious and, in the past, have demonstrated an interest in both history and pop culture. I think the Kaukonens rock ‘n’ roll journey will appeal to this audience, and I think our alumni will also be interested in hearing more about the Kaukonens’ Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp in nearby Meigs County.”