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December 1, 2017—San Francisco, CA— In this “season of giving,” the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono’s mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” program draws inspiration from Imagine, the iconic song written by John Lennon with lyrics originating from Yoko Ono’s poems published in her book titled “Grapefruit.”.

The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” concert audience will be invited to participate in sing-along presentations of Lennon’s Imagine, Give Peace a Chance, and the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. This year’s production will be presented at 7 PM on December 16th at the picturesque Viansa Sonoma Winery located in the San Francisco Area.  

Door proceeds benefit WhyHunger.
 
Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert featuring Grammy award winning artists Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady with drummer Justin Guip.

“Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, perform with a well-honed and solid power – always in the groove from years of experience and mutual inspiration. Started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days, the constant, the very definition of Hot Tuna, has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. “Hot Tuna is a Psychedelic-Blues Institution” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Special guests include:
 

Emerging Artist singer/songwriter Greg Winser,
Bass- Pete Sears,
Bass-Tony Saunders, 
Drums-Bob Steeler,
Hammond B3 Organ-Waynard Scheller,
Violin-Matt Aaron, 
Gospel Vocalists- Ariel Marin, Keelin Garcia, Ron Rosson and Dawaun King.

6:30 PM Doors

7:00 PM Show
$75
Tickets are Here

“The Jerry Garcia Foundation is honored to present the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” benefit concert to support the important humanitarian work of Yoko Ono Lennon and WhyHunger.

We are grateful to Hot Tuna, the Viansa Winery and to all that have extended their generosity on so many levels. This spirit of generosity is a gift to the greater community.” said Manasha Garcia, President of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.
 
The benefit’s setting itself is where dreams are made. Located just north of San Francisco, Viansa Sonoma winery is situated on 33 acres of estate vineyards, 97 acres of natural wetlands with 270° views of the Sonoma Valley-San Pablo Bay, Mayacamas Mountains and “King’s Highway.”
The beauty of the land pairs perfectly with the beauty of giving.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” Saint Francis of Assisi


The visual art of Jerry Garcia will be on exhibit in the Grateful Friends Charity Village at the concert. All art proceeds benefit California Wildfire recovery efforts via the “Heart of the Vine” Foundation. 

Ben and Jerry’s and Levi’s are sponsoring this year’s holiday benefit. Levi’s has donated a sustainable Truckers Jacket embellished with Jerry Garcia’s fine art. Proceeds from the Levi’s Truckers Jacket will benefit WhyHunger.

Legendary artist, Stanley Mouse has donated an art image to be printed by Terrapin Stationers.

The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” benefit will be streamed live around the world by Stage Trip Productions. Viewers of the free live stream are encouraged to donate directly to WhyHunger.

For more information, please visit the Jerry Garcia Foundation website. 


 The Jerry Garcia Foundation
 
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Jerry Garcia Foundation supports meaningful causes through the beauty of art and music. The Foundation was established in 2015 by Jerry Garcia’s daughter Keelin Garcia and wife Manasha Garcia to honor Jerry as an artist, musician, and visionary. 
 
For more information, please visit http://www.jerrygarciafoundation.org/ 

#ImagineNoHunger #WhyHunger #PeacethroughMusic #StoriesofGratitude

Lee Zimmerman from Paste Magazine recently penned a article listing his Top 10 Bass Guitarists of All-Time. At Number 8 on the list is yours truly, Jack Casady.

Here’s some of what Mr. Zimmerman had to say”

“His throbbing walking bass lines heightened the drama in such seminal standards as “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Embryonic Journey” and “Crown of Creation,” helping to launch a style that combined the complexities of jazz with a surging undertow youthful menace that help support the band’s insurgent stance.”

Yeah baby, “youthful menance!” Soon to be the title of Jack’s forthcoming auto-biography. Just kidding!

Jack is honored to be part of such an austere group of fellow “groove layers.” And humbled to have been a part of a musical history that changed the world, a musical history that continues to evolve and grow. Thank You PASTE magazine for the recognition and Thank You to all the fans that made it possible. Much Love and Respect!

Here is a video that depicts some of that youthful menance, at age 69. Not the best video, but fun none the less. Enjoy!

Low Ticket Alert! The 2018 Dark Star Orchestra Jam in the Sand is close to selling out. If you wanted to join DSO and the rest of the Jammers in Jamaica, you better act quick! Special guests Hot Tuna and Rumpke Mountain Boys will play multiple sets throughout the festival.

JAM IN THE SAND VI, returns to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 18-22, 2018.

Should be Fire! Don’t Delay. Come Play!

The leaves are starting to change, so you know what that means? The Hot Tuna Fall Tour is just days away. And no one is serving more Hot Tuna this fall than The City Winery in NYC.

The City Winery delivers a high end culinary and cultural experience to customers who are passionate about sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. It combines a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, and fine dining. They have created a compelling mix for sophisticated of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. It is such an intimate venue it feels like your in your living room.

This Fall, The City Winery in NY is serving up four(4) nights of Hot Tuna. Get your tickets before they sell out and they will sell out.

If you can’t catch Hot Tuna at the City Winery, check out the rest of the tour dates for a show near you!

11/11/17 Fur Peace StationPomeroy, OH Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock. SOLD OUT
11/21-22/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY
11/24-25/17 At the TabernacleTabor, NJ Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/27/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/28/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/30/17 The Wilbur TheatreBoston, MA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/01/17 The WarehouseFairfield, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/02/17 Greenwich OdeumEast Greenwich, RI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/03/17 Cohoes Music HallCohoes, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/05/17 The BirchmereAlexandria, VA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/07/17 Paramount TheatreAsbury Park, NJ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock
12/08/17 The Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock.
12/09/17 The ParamountHuntington, NY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017

What an outstanding Wheels of Soul Tour! Hot Tuna is honored and grateful to have been a part of such an incredible musical experience. We would like to thank Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for putting it all together and making it such a wonderful time!

As the summer is winding down be sure to make plans for San Francisco and the 17th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, October 6-8.
This annual event is a treat. Jack Casady takes the stage with Peter Rowan and Blue Dharma on Saturday October 7th and Electric Hot Tuna plays on Sunday the 8th. We hope you can make it to Golden Gate Park for 3 days of fun and music! Don’t miss it.

Okay Tuna Fans, 2017 has got to be one of the best summers in recent history to see a Hot Tuna show. Come on, just look at it. Starting with the Dark Star Jubilee on Memorial Day Weekend and going through July on the Wheels of Soul Tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band these are going to be some great shows. Fun venues, great music and good people, you have to to make it to a show. Get your tickets NOW!!

05/18-20/17 Egyptian Theatre Park City, UT Acoustic Hot Tuna

05/23-24/17 The Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ< Acoustic Hot Tuna

05/27-28/17 Dark Star Jubilee Thornville, OH Acoustic/Electric Hot Tuna

06/30/17 Westhampton Beach PACWesthampton Beach, NY Electric Hot Tuna

Just look at this line up for the DSO Jubilee:

If that weren’t enough, Hot Tuna is joining the Wood Brothers and the Tedeschi Trucks Band for 21 shows from the East coast, through the Midwest to the Rocky Mountain area, including two (2) shows at RED ROCKS, first time for the HT boys. Can you imagine the sit-ins on this tour? It’s going to be smoking hot FIRE!

There’s got to be a show near you!

July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
July 3 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 5 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
July 7 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl
July 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music Center
July 23 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
July 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
August 2 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater

Electric Hot Tuna just announced TWO (2) shows in New York this Spring, Woohoo! The first show is Friday, April 14th at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Raccoon Lodge presents a benefit concert for the Guild For Exceptional Children. The Guild For Exceptional Children is a non profit organization located in Brooklyn, New York that provides assistance to children, adults & seniors with developmental & intellectual disabilities. And Prospect Hall’s Grand Ballroom is absolutely gorgeous! If for no other reason, come watch Hot Tuna Trio shake the glittering chandeliers. Also help support a great cause. Ninety (90) percent of each dollar raised goes directly to the care and support of exceptional children. For tickets, check GEC website Doors open 7:00pm
Music at 8:00pm

The second show is Saturday, April 15th at the St. George Theatre on Staten island. Centered in the historic St. George District of Staten Island, just steps from the iconic Staten Island Ferry. The St. George Theatre is one of the great theater of New York. Come check it out. Get ticket information on their website.

Wheels of Soul Big Summer Tour Announced!

Legendary Rock Blues Artist Hot Tuna Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band on “Wheels of Soul” Tour 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced the third installment of their wildly popular Wheels of Soul Summer Tour. The 12-piece ensemble led by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will be supported on all dates by longtime friends and collaborators Hot Tuna ( Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip) and masters of soulful folk, The Wood Brothers. The tour is scheduled to hit many of the country’s premier outdoor venues on the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date July 1 through 31st, 2017. For the latest ticket on-sale information, please visit http://tedeschitrucksband.com/.

When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year Jorma offered excitement and praise, “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest bands in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.” Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed pathes with Derek and Susan early in their careers and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows this past year.

For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. No one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement awards. The two boyhood pals have wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They are a force in American music.

The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul “The best musical hang of the season…a celebration of kindred creative spirits,” while Denver Westword calls TTB’s summer package “A wall of talent on stage.”

Current Wheels of Soul 2017 dates and on sale information listed below, please stay tuned for additional dates and info to be listed on our tour page.

July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
July 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 5 – Vienna, VA (DC)* – Wolf Trap
July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl
July 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA** – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 14 – Raleigh, NC** – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15 – Atlanta, GA*** – Fox Theatre
July 16 – Charlotte, NC** – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music Center
July 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
July 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
*Pre-sale March 3rd / On sale March 18th
**Pre-sale February 7th / On sale February 10th
***Pre-sale January 31st / On sale February 3rd

Happy New Year Everyone! Best Wishes for 2017!

It’s going to be a busy year for the band. It all starts with an Acoustic Hot Tuna tour on the west coast. The band returns to one of their favorite venues, The Belly Up, to begin the tour. They head North with stops at The Coach House and The Lobero Theater. Then they call in the muscle, Justin Guip, to form the hottest power trio around today, Electric Hot Tuna for a show at the famed Filmore Auditorium.

Jorma and Jack Continue the Acoustic Hot Tuna tour up into the Pacific Northwest with stops at the Rogue Theater, Aladdin Theater and Benaroya Hall. Acoustic Hot Tuna ends the west coast run with a show at the beautiful new concert space, Chateau Rive, at the Flour Mill.

02/13/17 Belly Up,

Solana Beach, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/15/17 The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/17/17 Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/19/17 The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA Electric Hot Tuna

02/20/17 The Center for The Arts
Grass Valley, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/22/17 The Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, OR Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/23/17 Aladdin Theater
Portland, OR Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/24/17 Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA Acoustic Hot Tuna

02/25/17 Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill
Spokane, WA Acoustic Hot Tuna

The Hot Tuna gang is excited to announce the return of Acoustic/Electric Hot Tuna(2 sets) to the 2017 Dark Star Orchestra Jubilee! The folks at All Good Presents put on a fantastic show. And this year’s lineup is stellar! Check it out

Photo by Greg Cristman | www.gregCphotography.com

Get ready for Electric Hot Tuna at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, November 19. In fact, the East Coast should get ready because the Beacon show kicks off a 6 night run through NY, VT, CT, PA and DC. Get out and see the Hot Tuna boys now because they won’t be back around until 2017.

11/19/16 The Beacon Theatre New York City, NY

11/20/16 The Egg Albany, NY

11/22/16 Spruce Peak PAC Stowe, VT

11/23/16 The Warehouse Fairfield, CT

11/25/16 The Hamilton Washington DC

11/26/16 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA

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