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May 31st, 2019 · 12 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Weird Things About Me, Woodstock

Midwest Tour — May 2019

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Thomas O’Shea House Party — Berea, outside Cleveland Ohio – Friday, May 10th, 2029

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – the Marin Epiphany – from ch 26 – The Airplane Hanger in Marin 
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch. 3 – Dancin’ to The Boulder Boogie – Who All Was There
I think there was another Holy Cats! piece in here before the climax
Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – Sunday climax

source: memory


Photo by Thomas O’Shea

Visible Voice Bookstore – Cleveland Ohio – Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jack Kerouac – ch. 30 – Babbs and The Bus
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch 10. – Pranksters In Wonderland
On The Road with Cassadys – ch 5 – On The Road to the Hall of Fame
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch 14 – Hiding Out In A Rock n Roll Band
How The Beat Begat The Pranksters – ch 2 – Lowell Celebrates Kerouac
On The Road With Cassadys – ch 3 – The On The Road Scroll Auction
Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – Sunday climax

source: handwritten setlist


Gubba shot – Blockhouse Bar, Bloomington, May 16, 2019
Light show by Mike Buck

Bloomington Writers’ Guild – The Blockhouse – Bloomington Indiana – Thursday May 16th, 2019

Intro – Tony Brewer
On The Road with Cassadys — I Knew / Not Knew Neal Nameste
How The Beats Begat The Prankstersopening, with George Walker
The Rolling Stone Book of The Beats – The Power of The Collective
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – the Marin Epiphany – from ch 26 – The Airplane Hanger in Marin
Tony Brewer – mini set
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch 4 – Meeting Your Heroes 101
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch 12 – The Chautauqua Porch Scene – Kesey meets John Holmes
Travis Puntarelli’s musical interlude
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 2 – Lowell Celebrates Kerouac
On The RoadThe “IT” scene – with George Walker
On The RoadRoad South – with George Walker
Joan Hawkins mini set
Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – Thursday – Getting waved in
On The Road with Cassadys – The On The Road Scroll Auction

source: handwritten setlist


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Pranksters In Pepperland – The Merry Pranksters / Twanger Plunkers Family Reunion – Bloomington Indiana – Friday, May 17th, 2019

The Prankster Address
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch 9 – Woodstock with The Pranksters (2014)
On The Road – Driving into New Orleans – with George Walker
On The Road – Chicago Jazz – with George Walker
Love People vs. Mean Things
Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – pre-Dylan, ode to photographers
Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – Sunday climax

source: video review


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Pranksters In Pepperland – The Merry Pranksters / Twanger Plunkers Family Reunion – Bloomington Indiana – Friday, May 17th, 2019

On The Road – The San Francisco Epiphany – during the song Made In The Shade with the Dee Maple Band


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Photo by Dancin’ Chuck Mayfield

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Pranksters In Pepperland – The Merry Pranksters / Twanger Plunkers Family Reunion – Bloomington Indiana – Saturday, May 18th, 2019

George Walker & Brian Hassett Present Jack & Neal Ride Again

Brett Chamberlain intro
Duo:  On The Road — “IT”
Duo:  On The Road — “Hinkle’s Party”
Duo:  On The Road — “Go To Italy”
Duo:  On The Road — “Nebraska”
Duo:  On The Road — “Road North”
Duo:  On The Road — “Driving South”

source:  handwritten setlist


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Pranksters In Pepperland – The Merry Pranksters / Twanger Plunkers Family Reunion – Bloomington Indiana – Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Woodstock Revisited – Max Yasgur’s speech 


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West Coast Summer Fun Tour 2019

poster by Brandon Loberg

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A Beat Prankster Party — with George Walker & John Cassady — The Beat Museum — San Francisco, CA — Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Jerry Cimino introduction
Brian:  On The Road with Cassadys — “The Scroll Auction” 
George & Brian:  On The Road – “IT”
George & Brian:  On The Road – “Road North”
George & Brian:  On The Road – “Driving South”
George Walker:  tells Neal story
Jerry Cimino:  “America” by Allen Ginsberg
Brian on Al Hinkle
George Walker, Brian Hassett & Niko Van Dyke:  On The Road – “Hinkle’s Party”
John Cassady — Neal by the bus stop story;  the Go-Kart Story;  Midget car races
Brian & John:  growing pot; Neal couldn’t fix anything; Amsterdam; High Times parties; Anne Frank House; Rembrandt’s house
Brian:  On The Road with Cassadys – “The Queen & The White Knight”
John on going back to 29 Russell St.
Brian:  On The Road with Cassadys – intro tribute to John
Brian & George:  The ’64 Party
George’s birthday — “Happy Birthday” to George
George on Neal’s last birthday (Feb. 8th, 1967) 
Brian:  Holy Cats!  Dream-Catching at Woodstock – climax

source:  video review


The Front Deck by candlelight at The Sanctuary, Sebastopol, CA, Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — the Marin Lesson


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At the Dead Again show at The Big Easy in the big castle — in Petaluma California — Friday, June 28th, 2019

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — On The Bus at Kesey’s


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“Colorful Saturdays” at Wonderful Things — Sebastopol California — Saturday, June 29th, 2019

On The Road with Cassadys — I Knew / Not Knew Neal Namaste — with Alison Coulter & Terry Ann Gillette on violins, Lonnie Coulter on guitar, Don the bass player
On The Road with Cassadys — Haiku for Carolyn — with Terry Ann Gillette on violin
On The Road with Cassadys — Opening poem —> The Power of The Collective (originally from The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — Jack Manifested as Music – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — Lord Buckley
*  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — Hiding Out In A Rock n Roll Band — arriving at Red Rocks 
On The Road with Cassadys — The Royal Woods of Cassady County

Second Set
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters — opening & closing
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters — Mariam Yasgur on how Woodstock happened
*  How The Beats Begat The Pranksters — Pranksters In Wonderland
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters — Be The Invincible Spirit You Are

source:  video review



The Beatniks Coffee House, Chico, California Wed. July 3rd, 2019
Brian & George — On The RoadRoad North


The Rosebud Cafe, Scappoose (Portland), Oregon, Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Duo:  On The Road — “IT”
George:  Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind — abbreviated poetry version
Duo:  On The Road — “Chicago Jazz”
Brian:  How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – with a cameo by George on the Neal showing up on Perry Lane part
Benzedrine inhaler / Al Hinkle stories
Duo:  On The Road — “Road North”
Duo:  The birth of the full “’64 Party” piece, beginning with George & Kesey’s ’63 drive across the country
Brian:  On The Road with Cassadys — “I Knew / Not Knew Neal Namaste” 
“The Grateful Dead: Jack Manifested As Music”
Duo:  On The Road — “New Orleans” 
Brian:  Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock — climax

source:  video review

Here’s the full show on YouTube — thanks to the mighty Simon Babbs —
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8tykhrlr-8


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Outside Kesey’s Furthur Bus, Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, OR, Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Duo: On The Road – Road North


Quiet Camp Stage, Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, OR, Saturday July 13th, 2019

Duo:  On The Road – IT
Duo:  On The Road – Chicago Jazz


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Beatniks Coffee House & Espresso Joint, Chico, California, Tuesday, June 16th, 2019

Introduction:  Randy Turley
Duo:  On The Road — “IT”
George:  Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind — abbreviated poetry version
Duo:  On The Road — “Road North”
Brian:  How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – with a cameo by George on the Neal showing up on Perry Lane part
Dedicated to Cathy Cassady who was seeing her first show — 
Brian: On The Road with Cassadys — Carolyn Haiku;  and I Knew / Not Knew Neal Namaste 
Duo:  improv riffing — the ’63 drive —> the ’64 Party
Dedicated to the painter Philippo LoGrande — 
George:  improv storytelling about Neal in Mexico
Duo:  On The Road — “Mexico”
Duo:  On The Road  — “On The Road with Memere”
Brian:  Holy Cats!  Dream-Catching at Woodstock — climax 

full show from Facebook livestream here — 
https://www.facebook.com/lonnie.coulter.98/videos/138514067353094/

https://www.facebook.com/lonnie.coulter.98/videos/138514067353094/


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Venice Beach Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA, Sat. July 20th, 2019

Duo:  On The Road — “Nebraska” 

Pro-shot capture of our piece.

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Kerouac, Cassady, Kesey & Company, Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, CA, Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Richard Modiano intro
Duo:  On The Road — “IT”
George:  Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind – abbreviated poetry version
Duo:  On The Road – “Road North”
Brian:  How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – cameo by George on the Perry Lane part
Duo:  On The Road – “Driving South” 
Brian:  Holy Cats!  Dream-Catching at Woodstock – climax
World Premiere of — “The Pranksters Drive to The Beat Party” — with S.A. Griffin and a cast of contemporary Pranksters

Here’s the full show from the live stream by Lonnie Coulter . . . 


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MeloMelo Kava Bar, Santa Cruz, CA, Friday, July 26th, 2019

Brian:  The Prankster Address
Duo:  On The Road – “IT”
Duo:  On The Road – “Hinkle’s Party”
George:  solo storytelling about ’63 New York trip
Duo:  On The Road – “Go To Italy”


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The Pranksters’ original stage under the Redwoods in back of Kesey’s famous house in La Honda, CA, Monday, July 29th, 2019

Brian:  The Prankster Address – from the front porch (video to follow)
Duo:  On The Road – “Driving South”
Duo:  On The Road – “Chicago Jazz”


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You can get the new 2019 Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock directly by emailing the author, or you can order it here.

Same idea with all three of the books in The Beat Trilogy:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac
How The Beats Begat The Pranksters
On The Road with Cassadys


For more on the George Walker / Brian Hassett collaboration — go here.

For a ton of videos & such — go here.

For a bunch of interviews & such — go here.

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by Brian Hassett  —  karmacoupon@gmail.com   —  BrianHassett.com

Or here’s my Facebook account if you wanna join in there — https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Hassett.Canada

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George Walker // May 31, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Glad you are keeping this …… and look forward to adding lots of shows.

  • 2 Brian // May 31, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Yeah — me, too!
    Here’s the one we started a couple years ago for our shows —
    😉
    http://brianhassett.com/2017/08/george-walker-brian-hassett-kerouac-cassady/

  • 3 Per DeVille // Jun 8, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    I am following this from Copenhagen. I hope we get to see you do a show when we are over there this summer.

  • 4 Mike Cress // Jun 20, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    I was just talking to George yesterday and he filled me in on your trip. It sounded like a blast.

    I/we appreciated the show and just to meet you guys.

    Now that we have world ambassadors with you and George wearing our t-shorts we will put Chico, CA on them.

    It was great meeting you and I hope our paths cross again!

    Peace out … Mike and the Beatniks crew

  • 5 Jerry Cimino // Jun 21, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Thanks for another great show and packed house at The Beat Museum. You certainly bring in the most colorful crowd we ever get here. Good luck with the rest of the tour.

  • 6 Tim Demoucelle // Jun 29, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    That was a great performance last night in Petaluma. I didn’t realize everything that was happening. Hope you do some more shows and I can get a book.

  • 7 Lonnie Coulter // Jul 2, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    It was a blast having you at Wonderful Things last weekend. I hope you can do more around here before you head back to Canada.

  • 8 Thomas Galasso // Jul 11, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Hey Brian & George! Your show has really evolved and grown. Congratulations. Hope you bring it to Lowell in the October earth.

  • 9 Albert Kaufman // Jul 16, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Glad you were finally able to make it to the Oregon Country Fair. Took ya long enough. Hopefully we can get you on the bill for next year. You guys deserve to be here.

  • 10 Gubba // Jul 17, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Nice guys! Thank you so much the info and live streams. Been following and enjoying the whole thing!

  • 11 Bus Randy // Jul 19, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    The faster we go the rounder we get.

  • 12 Rich Huarte // Jul 30, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Thanks for living life to the fullest Brian Hassett! It makes up for most of New Jersey lol

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