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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Just in time for the holidays! A 12″ x 12″ LP Boxset for your favorite Hot Tuna Collector. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 worldwide. Includes 8 original Hot Tuna albums in paper sleeve and deluxe CD vinyl replica. Exclusive tour poster by Dennis Loren. Plus a 28 page booklet with liner notes and photos. That’s a fantastic offer! Get yours today! Enjoy!
We would like to thank the Tuna Nation for their love and support. The two-night sold shows at the Beacon Theater were absolutely some of our best and we have our great fans to thank for that. The weekend got off to a good start when Jorma and Jack invited legendary bluesman John Hammond to sit in on a special acoustic set. The boys did great work on “Hesitation Blues,” “Come Back Baby” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” while John added a whaling and soulful harmonica.
After the short acoustic set, Hot Tuna Trio with Justin Guip hit the stage running and got the fans on their feet. Hot Tuna Trio ripped through versions of “Serpent of Dreams,” “Can’t Get Satisfied,” “99 Year Blues” and “Bowlegged Woman.” Hot Tuna fans couldn’t get enough when the band did Hit Single #1 that ended the first set.
Friday’s second set would bring out Electric Hot Tuna featuring Justin Guip, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. The band started with “I See the Light.” Larry Williams had the audience mesmerized with his fiddle playing. No doubt everyone was having visions of Papa John Creech.
The next couple of songs would feature Teresa Williams on vocals. She brought down the house with her spirited version of “Wade In The Water.”
The audience was full of emotion when Teresa ended the show with absolutely beautiful rendition of “Sugaree.”
If Friday wasn’t enough, Saturday’s show was insane. Hot Tuna Trio began the first set with a couple nicely done melodic tunes which included the “I See The Light,” “Hesitation Blues” and the title track from Jorma’s new album “Ain’t In No Hurry.” The band kicked into gear with a hair raising version of “Ode to “Billy Dean,” where you could tell by Jorma’s haunting guitar solo that it was going to be a special night. The band ended the first set with epic versions “Bowlegged Woman,” “99 Year Blues,” “Rock Me Baby,” “Funky #7″ and “Hit Single #1.”
The Beacon Theater was still buzzing from the first set when Jorma and Jack returned with Larry Campbell, GE Smith, Teresa Williams, Rachael Price and Jeff Pehrson for a very memorable Jefferson Airplane tribute. The band laid down 10 JA songs (see set list) that took everyone in the audience back to 1965. It was amazing.
Friday November 20
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Plus The Modern Quintet With
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Special Guest John Hammond
The Beacon Theater
New York City
Friday, November 20, 2015
1. Hesitation Blues with John Hammond
2. Come Back Baby with John Hammond
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with John Hammond
4. Serpent Of Dreams with Justin Guip*
5. Watch The North Wind Rise with Justin Guip*
6. Can’t Get Satisfied with Justin Guip
7. Ode To Billy Dean with Justin Guip
8. In The Kingdom* with Justin Guip
9. 99 Year Blues* with Justin Guip
10. Bowlegged Woman with Justin Guip
11. Hit Single #1 with Justin Guip
1. I See The Light Larry on Fiddle
2. Children Of Zion with Teresa & Larry on mandolin
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Teresa & Larry on D-18
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Wade In The Water with Teresa
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
8. Water Song
9. Big River with Teresa & Larry
10. Good Shepherd with Teresa
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Teresa
12. Funky #7
13. Encore: Sugaree with Teresa
Larry plays on all songs in this set!
Saturday November 21
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Rachael Price, Teresa Williams, Jeff Pehrson
Larry Campbell, and G.E. Smith
First Set With The Electric Trio:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. In The Kingdom
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Rock Me Baby
11. Funky #7
12. Hit Single #1
Second Set With The Whole Gang:
1. 3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds featuring Jeff Pehrson
2. Greasy Heart featuring Rachael Price
3. Good Shepherd featuring Jorma
4. White Rabbit featuring Teresa Williams
5. Lawman featuring Rachael Price
6. Plastic Fantastic Lover featuring Jeff Pehrson
7. Somebody To Love featuring Teresa Williams
8. Eskimo Blue Day featuring Rachael Price
9. Come Back Baby featuring Jorma & the gang
11. Feel So Good featuring Rachael Price & Teresa Williams
12. Encore: Volunteers… the gang
13. Encore 2: Sugaree… all hands in!