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Jorma Kaukonen is getting together with some “Old Friends” to kick-off Summer with two shows at The Cap. Jorma will be joining Phil and Friends to rock the Capitol Theater, “The Original Rock Palace,” June 11 & 12, 2019. These are sure to be some rocking shows. It’s right before Phil and Friends plays Mountain Jam so you never know who might show up! (wink wink, nudge nudge) Don’t sleep on these tickets for what is sure to be an epic memorable night. See you there! Get your tickets here!


The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.

This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna. Jorma and Jack are joined by Joey Covington on drums, and this intense, hard-driving muscle trio creates a sonic landscape to rival Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This is essential listening for fans of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, with more than 70 minutes of music, including versions of the classic blues songs Rock Me Baby and Come Back Baby, as well as the familiar Airplane tune Star Track. Additionally, the set list includes 4 fully-formed, rare songs that were named by Jorma and Jack for the first time for this release — 49 years after they were played!

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I am in awe of the unbridled fury of will Jorma and I had to explore and search out our developing musical landscape together. Every day truly was a new adventure for our young hearts.
-Jack Casady


Be sure to mark your calendars and save the date, it’s going to be a party! A birthday party for our favorite bassist! Hot Tuna will be doing two acoustic shows April 5 – 6, 2019 to celebrate Jack Casady’s 75th Birthday. We hope you all can make it. It’s gonna be one of a kind!

Concert for The Tree Of Light

Join Us as we stand together in faith with the survivors of the Tree of Life tragedy. Jorma will be joining with other performers at the Concert for the Tree of Life on Dec. 18 at Stage AE in Downtown Pittsburgh. The show will feature Daya, Jorma Kaukonen, Low Cut Connie, Joe Gruschecky, Sean Rowe, and more. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Victims of Terror Fund. Tickets on Sale Now!


After a looonng couple of months of national craziness, everybody deserves a little relief. We can’t wait to get together and share some music, love and happiness! So we’re hitting the road to make the holiday time even better! Check out the schedule below to see when we’re in your neighborhood! Hope to see you soon!

11/21/18 The Beacon Theatre New York City, NY Electric Hot Tuna
11/23/18 Waterville Opera House Waterville, ME Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/24/18 Tupelo Music Hall Derry, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/25/18 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/27/18 The City Winery Washington DC Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/29/18 The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts Owings Mills, MD Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/30/18 The Peoples Bank Theatre Marietta, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/01/18 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/03/18 Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/05/18 The Clyde Theatre Fort Wayne, IN Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/07/18 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL Acoustic Hot Tuna
Two shows. 7pm & 9:30pm
12/08/18 Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/09/18 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/11/18 Delmar Hall St Louis, MO Acoustic Hot Tuna SOLD OUT
12/12/18 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/14/18 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/29/18 Freight & SalvageBerkeley, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/30/18 Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA Electric Hot Tuna
12/31/18 Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA Acoustic & Electric

Life is a thin thread

It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed

It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid

Life is a thin thread

It’s a fine line between loving and not

Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got

Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught

It’s a fine line

(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.

Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover.

Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.

So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…

Now we are three…

How long have you waited for Jorma Kaukonen’s new memoir? So Long! Now the wait is over. You can order your copy of Jorma’s Been So Long today. It comes with an exclusive CD. Forward by Grace Slick and afterward written by Jack Casady! It’s a great read. Jorma covers a lot of ground and gives his unique perspective on the 60’s, the music and the life and times of being a rock musician.

Oh Yeah! The Electric Hot Tuna Tour with Steve Kimock starts August 25th with Nedfest. The Nederland Music and Arts Festival is an annual three-day outdoor music and arts festival in the music world’s renowned Nederland, Colorado. This year will be it’s 20th year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country, too. They host a wide range of music, from rock and roll to blues, bluegrass to folk and Americana, with a hint or two of jazz. Check out EHT on Saturday night and stick around for a solo set by Jorma on Sunday. Oh Yeah! Be sure to scoop one of these beautiful posters by Jay V Rizzi.

Check out the other dates for the Electric Hot Tuna Tour.

08/25/18 NedFest Nederland, CO Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/26/18 NedFest Nerderland, CO Jorma Kaukonen

08/28/18 Center for the Arts Jackson Hole, WY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/30/18 The Neptune Seattle, WA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/31/18 Revolution Hall Portland, OR Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/01/18 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/02/18 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/04/18 Crest Theatre Sacramenta, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/06/18 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/07/18  The Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/08/18 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Scottsdale, AZ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/10/18 The Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/11/18 KiMo Theatre Albuquerque, NM Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

The book will be available August 28, 2018. Currently fans can pre-order the book on Amazon (hardcover and kindle) and Barnes and Noble (signed by Jorma editions).

Excerpt from Amazon

Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond. The grandson of Finnish and Russian-Jewish immigrants whose formative years were spent abroad with his American-born diplomat father, Jorma channeled his life experiences―from his coming-of-age in Pakistan and the Phillipines to his early gigs with Jack Casady in D.C. to his jam sessions in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and other contemporaries―into his art in unique and revelatory ways. Been So Long charts not only Jorma’s association with the bands that made him famous but goes into never-before-told details about his addiction and recovery, his troubled first marriage and still-thriving second, and more. Interspersed with diary entries, personal correspondence, and song lyrics, this memoir is as unforgettable and inspiring as Jorma’s music itself.

Just Announced! Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock will be joining a stellar lineup for Jam Cruise 17 on January 15-21, 2019. You can pre-book cabins now. This a legendary experience, just check out the ship, the Norwegian Jade. It departs from Miami, FL and makes ports in Belize, Cozumel and Progreso, MX. Check out the line-up! Tickets go on sale May 16,2018.

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