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Summer is heating up and so is the music. Electric Hot Tuna starts the second leg of it’s 2016 Summer Tour with shows on the East Coast. Starting at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, the band travels up the coast through Westbury and Port Chester, NY then on to The Wilber Theater in Boston, MA.

Hot Tuna is getting support from one of it’s favorite bands, Leftover Salmon. Vince Herman and crew are fine purveyors of Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass!

The tail ail end of the Summer Tour has Jorma and Jack as Hot Tuna Acoustic burning up the Midwest with stops in Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. Come check us out!

08/04/16 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ with Leftover Salmon

08/05/16 The Space Westbury, NY with Leftover Salmon

08/06/16 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY with Leftover Salmon

08/07/16 The Wilbur Boston, MA with Leftover Salmon

08/09/16 Kent Stage Kent, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna

08/10/16 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI Acoustic Hot Tuna

08/12/16 The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA Acoustic Hot Tuna

08/13/16 The Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL Acoustic Hot Tuna Two shows: 7pm&10pm.

08/14/16 The Cedar Minneapolis MN Acoustic Hot Tuna

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Electric Hot Tuna hits the road next week for the first half of its 2016 Summer Tour. Things get started on 07/08/16 with Blissfest in Northwest Lower Michigan! The Blissfest Music Organization is a non-profit educational and performing arts organization established in 1981. It provides year round folk arts programming in Emmet County including its annual festival at the Blissfest Festival Farm located near Cross Village, Ml. Blissfest seeks to preserve American and World folk music. Peter Yarrow and Keller Williams are also on the bill. This is the first time Electric Hot Tuna has played Blissfest. We are truly excited to be a part of this great music tradition.

From Upper Lower Michigan to New Mexico and then on to the Grand Targhee Summer Music Fest in Alta, Wyoming! Targhee Fest is about great music, the culture and lifestyle of the mountains, great food and drink, the spirit of sustainability and the hospitality that resides in this jewel of a resort. We share the stage with Steve Kimock, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and moe. It’s like family. We expect some shenanigans! If your in the neighborhood, check us out!

May Brings Jubilee!


Yay it’s May!
And May means it time for the Jubilee.
The Dark Star Jubilee!
Hot Tuna is playing 2 sets at the Dark Star Jubilee Music Festival May 27-29. Electric Hot Tuna is scheduled for Saturday (5/28) and Acoustic Hot Tuna is on Sunday (5/29).
Never miss a Sunday Show!
This year’s Jubilee has an excellent line up with Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Wailers, Steve Kimock and Friends and much more. Oh yeah, 3 sets of Dark Star Orchestra.

A Grammy Celebration

Hot off the press!

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to be honored at two special GRAMMY events this weekend in Los Angeles.

(USA) – April 18, 2016 – Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, aka Hot Tunaand founding members of Jefferson Airplane, will perform two of their JeffersonAirplane hits on the GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®, a special being filmed for the landmark “Great Performances” series on PBS on Saturday, April 23. The following day the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Jorma and Jack to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career.

The Recording Academy® presented Jefferson Airplane with a Lifetime Achievement Award this past February at their GRAMMY Awards Show. All of the 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients will be honored with this live tribute concert on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Then on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12 p.m. the GRAMMY Museum will presentCelebrating Jefferson Airplane: A Conversation With Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady

In celebration of their recent honor with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career, hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Jefferson Airplane, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award.

Electric Hot Tuna kicks off a spring tour with a show at the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida on April 16, 2016. Steve Kimock will be joining them for a full set of classic Tuna songs as well as some surprises. Tickets are still available.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers multiple stages, miles of trails and over 800 acres for camping, hiking, canoe and kayak rentals on the river, horseback riding, a restaurant and country store. It is a great place to catch a show. Other performers include: Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Clark, Billy and the Kids, BIG Something and many more.

Jorma and Jack head back up the coast for a couple of Acoustic Hot Tuna shows. Be sure to catch them when they’re in your neighborhood! Check out the following shows.

04/16/15 Wanee Live Oak, FL Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock
04/17/16 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/19/16 Orange Peel Asheville, NC Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/20/16 City Winery Nashville, TN Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/21/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo

f2f062a6cfb19ee371e17e54_148x280Jack Casady was an honored guest at The Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards Show celebrating the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Jefferson Airplane. Casady’s Homage to Jefferson Airplane Band Mates was captured there by USA Today. View the video here. Photo at left: Jack Casady arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ Valerie MACON.








733a3e71299557d402150643_190x253a55b0a422b3b9f8e0877ef8c_190x253“Buddy Guy and I had a chance to catch up a bit!!! We did some jaming back in late Sixties! So glad to see Buddy get the recognition he so well deserves!”

“I attended the Grammy Nominee reception. The photo on the right is Al Schmitt and me. Al produced four Jefferson Airplane albums and the first Hot Tuna album!!! A legendary producer and wonderful human being!!!!! Some great stories here!!!”

Paul Kantner Rest In Peace

The Hot Tuna Family would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Paul Kantner. Paul was a true visionary who never lost sight of the destination. Paul was an undeniable force. He was loved by many. He inspired a generation. He will be greatly missed. Much Peace and Love to the Jefferson Airplane/ Jefferson Starship family and friends. You are are in our hearts and minds.

Photo by Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

The Recording Academy today announced its class of 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C.; the Trustees Award honorees are John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.


”Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.” Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. 

Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love.” Two hits from that album, “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”


A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

Plan Ahead for Wanee 2016

The 2016 Wanee Music Festival looks like it’s going to be jamming good time. Lots of guitar heavy jam bands including our own Electric Hot Tuna! Also Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Billy and the Kids, Umphrey’s McGee and Greg Allman. So excited to share the stage with old and new friends. Get your tickets early and save.

Photo by Clayton Roberts

Electric Hot Tuna is very excited about being a part of Warren Haynes’ 2016 Christmas Jam! It’s SOLD OUT!
And it’s all for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam recently handed over a record-breaking half-million dollars, marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. To date, 33 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam. Rock the House! Check out Warren Haynes new CD Ashes & Dust. It’s excellent!

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