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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.

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!


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.

Hot Tuna Hits the East Coast

After a two week tour in Hawaii, Hot Tuna hits the road for the Northeast. During the month of July, Jorma and Jack perform duo as Acoustic Hot Tuna through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams open the shows.

Then they go electric with drummer, Justin Guip, as the Electric Hot Tuna Trio, through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check out the Tour Dates below:

Acoustic Hot Tuna (Jorma & Jack duo)
July 09 Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, ME
July 10 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 11 Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 12 Payomet PAC, North Truro, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 14 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk, CT

Electric Hot Tuna Trio (Jorma, Jack & Justin Guip)
July 16 Prudential Hall, New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
July 17 State Theatre, State College, PA
July 18 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
July 19 Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY

Check out this nice interview with Jorma at the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Studio. He talks about the origins of Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Fur Peace Ranch. Jorma plays: “I Am the Light of this World” and “Embryonic Journey.” Jorma also performs “Terrible Operation” which appears on his new studio album “Ain’t In No Hurry.”

Check out the Rolling Stone review of Ain’t In No Hurry. Add your comment or review of the album!


Time to mark your calendar! Electric Hot Tuna is scheduled to play the Wanee Music Festival Thursday, April 16, 2015. Widespread Panic headlines the festival which also includes Gregg Allman, Gov’t Mule, Earth Wind & Fire, Cheap Trick and many more! Get your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird specials. Hope to see you there!

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 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
All Ages

Get Your Tickets Here!

Hot Tuna Hits the Midwest

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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!

DATE VENUE PERFORMER NOTES
07/15-16/14 Space
Evanston, IL
Acoustic Hot Tuna
07/18/14 Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Acoustic Hot Tuna
07/19/14 The Englert Theatre
Iowa City, IA
Acoustic Hot Tuna
07/21-22/14 Dakota Jazz Club Restaurant
Minneapolis, MN
Acoustic Hot Tuna Two shows each night. 7pm & 9:30pm
07/25/14 Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Acoustic Hot Tuna
07/26/14 Fur Peace Station
Pomeroy, OH
Acoustic Hot Tuna Jack & Jorma. SOLD OUT
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