All-star concert featuring performances by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy García, Martina McBride, and more to air on PBS’ “Great Performances” series (USA).
In collaboration with PBS’ “Great Performances” series, The Recording Academy will air “GRAMMY® Salute To Music Legends” — a special all-star concert honoring The Recording Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients — on Oct. 14 from 9–11:30 p.m. on PBS. Taped at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, this special features tribute performances and never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the recipients’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage. The lineup features performances by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane; Patti Austin; Ry Cooder; Lila Downs; Earth, Wind & Fire; David Foster; Andy García and The CineSon All Stars; Herbie Hancock; Henry Gray; J’Nai Bridges; Kris Kristofferson; Lucrecia; Shelby Lynne; Magnolia Sisters; Martina McBride; Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce; and JD Souther. Presenters include David Crosby, Jimmy Jam, LL Cool J, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Don Was.
Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane take fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady performed “Somebody to Love” and “Embryonic Journey”/”Come Back Baby” medley. Grace Slick made an appearance to accept her Grammy award.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are 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 Music Educator Award.
For more information please contact Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Hot Tuna publicist: Cash Edwards at CEMS@austin.rr.com.
Electric Hot Tuna performs at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, November 19. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12 at 10am*. Presale: August 11. Public on-sale: August 12. Presale code: “Metro”
*On the first day of sale, tickets for events are not sold at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall or Beacon Theatre box offices, and may only be purchased via Ticketmaster.
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.
Jack 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.
“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!!!”
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.
We all know what a beautiful experience Chicago was for Dead fans celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Well this performance should be equally memorable and emotional for fans of Jefferson Airplane.
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years Of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in an exclusive performance at LOCKN’ 2015. In addition to performing as Hot Tuna, Jorma and Jack, the founding fathers of electric counter-culture psychedelic rock, will be joined by Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive), GE Smith (long time SNL house guitarist), and Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams (famed Americana duo – Levon Helm / Midnight Ramble, Hot Tuna, Fur Peace Ranch). Special guest appearance by Bill Kreutzmann.
Don’t miss Jorma and Jack curating this once-in-a-lifetime presentation of some of the best rock songs of the late 60’s / early 70’s.
Astronaut Mark Kelly with Hot Tuna musicians Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen at The Explorers Club. (Photo: Janine Menlove)
Our friend, Jim Clash, at Forbes Magazine has a nice review of Jack’s 70th Birthday show at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Before the show, Jim interviewed Capt. Mark Kelly, Astronaut and former shuttle pilot, at the Explorer’s Club. Jack and Jorma sat in on the interview then invited Mark to the Beacon show.
Photo by Barry Berensen
New York City can’t get enough Hot Tuna! Two new shows have been added to the Hot Tuna 2014 Fall Tour. The Highline Ballroom just added Acoustic Hot Tuna for two nights, Sunday, November 30th and Monday, December 1st, 2014. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.
Additional Ticket Info:
VIP Gold $125 Reserved Seating in First 2 Rows Exact Seating First Come, First Served
VIP Silver $85 Reserved Seating in First Row Balcony and Side Loges Exact Seating First Come, First Served
General Admission $65 Limited Seating Available, First Come, First Seated
Full Dinner Menu Available $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
Get Your Tickets Here!
Everyone on the Bus! Hot Tuna hits the road for a summer tour through the midwest. The last stop on the tour is Fur Peace Ranch for the Arts and Minds festival. Check out the dates and locations below. Also, a big announcement is coming at the end of the month about Hot Tuna’s annual New York City Beacon Theater Show! Be sure to be there!
Check out this fun Esquire blog
that mentions Hot Tuna. See you on the bus!