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Just Announced! Special guest, Steve Kimock joins Hot Tuna Electric at The Town Hall November 29 and 30th, 2019 to celebrate 50 years of Hot Tuna.

Hot Tuna finishes off 2019 with an acoustic duo tour framed by electric holiday shows as a solid power trio with drummer, Justin Guip and one of their favorite guests, Steve Kimock, joins in. Multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams open the acoustic shows.

(USA) “It’s unfathomable how Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady make each show its own experience, but they do … and effortlessly! Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady are without question among the greatest musicians; each has distinguished himself by developing a style that is easy to pick out and that others often try to imitate.
But more importantly, Kaukonen, 78, and Casady, 75, have over time forged a partnership that’s as vital to their art as raw talent is. The duo use music to speak a language they seemingly invented, yet cannily allow the rest of us in on the exhilarating dialogues.” – ArtFuse

Let the celebration begin! Hot Tuna is marking a HUGE milestone in Rock and Roll History! 50 Years of Hot F#@kin’ Tuna! Not many bands can claim 50 continuous years of touring and making records. So come on out to a show and be part of history.

11/29/19 The Town Hall New York, NY Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock

11/30/19 The Town Hall New York, NY Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock

12/02/19 Musikfest Cafe Bethlehem, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/03/19 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Troy, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/05/19 Bardavon 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/06/19 The Colonial PAC Keene, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/07/19 Garde Arts Center New London, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/09/19 Asbury Hall Buffalo, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/10/19 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/11/19 Kent Stage Kent, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/13/19 Park West Chicago, IL Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/14/19 The Fitzgerald Theater Saint Paul, MN Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/15/19 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI Acoustic Hot Tuna also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

12/28/19 Bilheimer Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL Acoustic Hot Tuna

12/31/19 Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale, FL Electric Hot Tuna

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Dave Mason are musical creators who were among the first to define Rock. The dynamics of their music feels alive in the present and alive on a continuum from the moment the music percolates in their minds to the time it explodes into theatre. Imagine something bigger and and more dynamic than the obvious, Electric Hot Tuna and Dave Mason in concert!

“I first heard Dave when he played with Traffic during his first USA tour! We have shared a few stages since then and I look forward to this 2019 summer tour to hear his wonderful music and share some stories! ” – Jack Casady.

“We are looking forward to being out on tour with this great double bill. It’s great original live music that sounds as good today as ever.” – Dave Mason

‘It’s more than an honor to be sharing a bill with an artist of Dave Mason’s caliber. What he brings to the table as a musician with his body of work cannot be measured!’ – Jorma Kaukonen

08/20/19 College Street Music Hall

New Haven, CT Electric Hot Tuna also Dave Mason

08/21/19 The Wilbur Theatre
Boston, MA Electric Hot Tuna also Dave Mason

08/23/19 Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA Electric Hot Tuna also Dave Mason

08/24/19 Sherman Theater
Stroudsburg, PA Electric Hot Tuna also Dave Mason

08/25/19 Warner Theatre
Washington, DC Electric Hot Tuna also Dave Mason

Where does the time go? As the old saying goes, “the days are long but the years are short!” So don’t waste time now, get to a Hot Tuna show this summer! Jorma and Jack will be celebrating 50 Years with long lost songs, special guests and big jams! Check out the schedule below. Make sure and get your HT 50 Anniversary poster, limited edition, signed by Jorma, Jack and artist Kevin Morgan. Look for them at the shows!

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!

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.

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.

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

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