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Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, returns to the Beacon Theatre for two nights on December 9 and 10, 2011 to celebrate the music and the fun sparked off by the release of Steady As She Goes, their first studio album in 20 years. Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, David Bromberg, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and Steve Kimock will join electric Hot Tuna with band members extrordinaire Barry Mitterhoff and Skoota Warner for the 8 p.m. shows. The Beacon is at 2124 Broadway, New York City. For tickets and more information: www.beacon.theatre-

Helping them celebrate at the Beacon will be special guests, Charlie Musselwhite, master of the harmonica, who toured along with Hot Tuna and Jim Lauderdale earlier this year on the Hot Tuna Blues tour will be hanging with the guys for the weekend. Charlie’s talented harmonica playing and history steeped in the blues is a perfect blend to the Hot Tuna being served! So if you missed Charlie with Tuna earlier this year. Now is your chance.

During their more than four decade long career Jorma and Jack have created some of the most significant music of our time and Steady As She Goes shows that they remain one of the most innovative bands in American music. Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio and produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell, the album captures the energy of their live performances with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, drummer Skoota Warner (Cyndi Lauper, Matisyahu, Santana) as well as Campbell joining them on guitar, fiddle, organ and vocals and Theresa Williams on vocals.

David Bromberg, often referred to as the guitarist’s guitarist, will be joining Hot Tuna at the Beacon too! Jorma and David find themselves performing together a few times each year, and their roots run deep. It will be interesting to see if he comes acoustic or electric . . . only one way to find out!

GE Smith has to be one of the most sought after session players around. He has performed and recorded with an exceptionally wide spectrum of influential artists from Bob Dylan, Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Green, Bryan Ferry, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Lonnie Mack and the list…too long to print.

Steve Kimock, who has earned a living wowing all kinds of audiences with his extraordinary guitar abilities, will also be joining the guys for the weekend. Steve adds a new element to the Tuna stew with his wide range of playing styles that can progress from jazz-influenced rhythms to Roky Erikson (13th Floor Elevators) styled psychedelic leads.

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Before it sells out like last year!

Hey Tuna Fans,

Sorry about the delay in posting, we just got out of the studio and as many of you know, it has been an action packed couple of weeks!

Beacon Theater Marquee

WOW, what a weekend!! We would like to say Thank You to all the Hot F@#kin Tuna! Fans out there who showed us a tremendous amount of love and support this past weekend at the Beacon Shows. We really appreciate all the terrific comments posted on this and Jorma’s site. We just want you to know, that We Love You!

Jorma’s Birthday Celebration was special for so many reasons. It was an affirmation of the powerful connection between Jack and Jorma, friends for over fifty years, musical partners for nearly all that time. That connection extends to all the musical friendships and partnerships they have developed over five decades. Without the love and support of those musical friendships, all of this would not be possible.

It was also about the music. Loud, hard and fast! Pure Rock and Roll! It gave us energy and it took us back to our youth. We could have played all night.

Friday Night with special guests Warren Haynes, Larry Campbell and Bill Kirchen

Hot Tuna and Friends

Here are some photos from Saturday Night with special guests Steve Earle, Bob Weir and Michael Falzarano. Pete Sears also joined the band for several songs.

Rock On!

The fans were right. It was great to see Bob Steeler back behind the drum kit. Skoota and Bob hit it off right away. The crowd loved it and so did we. Thank you Bob for joining us and making this event a truly historic moment. It was a pleasure and an honor.

And then there was the birthday boy. Humbled by all the attention and adulation … and grateful to still be here after all these years. Life is Good. And what a good life his has been. Thank you Captain! Here’s to many more!

We will keep posting pictures and videos of the Beacon shows so stayed tuned in. We will also keep you up to date on the latest developments of the new record. It’s shaping up to be one of the best ever.

You can find the set lists and other photos on Jorma’s blog, Cracks In the Finish

More to come. Om Shanti

Word has it that the tickets for the Beacon Shows are moving quickly and that the Saturday night (12/4) show is nearly sold out! Wow! We are blown away! And very Grateful, thank you.

So to help out the cause, the Fur Peace Ranch is releasing the remaining tickets that it had reserved in advance. The bad part is, you will have to sit with all the Fur Peace Fanatics. So be prepared to talk about guitars all night long. :)

Visit the Fur Peace Company Store for more details. More to come.

Now that Labor Day has passed Summer is moving along quickly. Soon the leaves will turn and we will be back on the road and back in the studio! We can’t wait. More on that at a later date though. In the meantime we wanted to share some bits of news and other announcements.

LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!

Tickets for the Electric Hot Tuna show at the Beacon Theater December 3-4, 2010 GO ON SALE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010!!

The Venue moved it up a day to a normal business day to accommodate customers. Spread the word.

We would like to thank Kevin Morgan Studio for helping us develop our new site. We really like the new format. We love the response from our fans too. We especially like the stories they share . Many of the comments bring back some great memories and really provide a nice perspective on the history of Hot Tuna, the places, the people, the venues, the songs and the love shared. Thanks for being there with us, It’s just incredible. Keep the stories coming.

The response to the NYC Beacon show has been overwhelming. All of your suggestions have been great and they are all under consideration. Of course getting any these artists together in one place is a Herculean task, especially since some have unfortunately passed away, but we will make some phone calls, emails or airmail and see if we can’t accommodate your requests. Just be sure to be there so you don’t miss a thing!

If you want to show your support for Jorma now, you can order the Official Jorma 70th Birthday T-shirt

The Rex Foundation has posted a nice follow up interview with Jorma. It is a nice lengthy article covering Jorma’s early years, the development of Fur Peace Ranch and the longstanding partnership between him and Jack Casady.

Here is an excerpt:

“People go, what are you going to do when the bubble bursts? I’ve kept in touch with a lot of my friends from school; Jack and I have had the same job longer than anybody we know. Everybody else has reinvented themselves more than once as times have changed, but we’re still doing the same thing we were doing in 1958. How ’bout that?”

read more here.

If you want to prepare yourself for the Beacon Show or the any of the upcoming shows, you can check out the re-release of the album Live At New Orlean House Berleley, CA’ Sept 69 with all these great hits:
Live At New Orlean House Berleley, CD
1. Come Back Baby
2. Keep On Truckin’
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Winin’ Boy Blues
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Know You Rider
7. Don’t You Leave Me Here
8. Never Happen No More
9. How Long Blues
10. True Religion
11. Sea Child
12. Candy Man
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

You can also check out some recent downloads at iTunes:

Upcoming Releases

  • Sept. 7th – Electric Hot Tuna – Rams Head Live! Baltimore MD 7/20/10
  • Sept. 21st – Jorma with Barry – ron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA 5/16/10
  • Oct. 5th – Acoustic Tuna with Barry – The Tabernacle, Mt. Tabor, NJ 11/27/09
  • Oct.18th – Jorma with GE Acoustic – McCabes Guitar Shop Santa Monica CA 2/20/10
  • Jorma’s iTunes directory

    Hot Tuna’s iTunes directory

You can also check out some of the cool Hot Tuna videos at the Fur Peace Ranch Youtube Channel. Like this one of Electric Hot Tuna featuring Ana Popovic at the Canton Blues Festival in June of 2010.

More to Come. Peace to all

So it’s official. Electric Hot Tuna has booked two nights, December 3-4, 2010, at the renowned Beacon Theater in NYC to celebrate the 70th Birthday of founding member, Jorma Kaukonen.

We know some of you heard about this earlier, but we waited to announce it until we knew when tickets would go on sale. That date is September 11, 2010.

The band plans to rock the show with songs that span Jorma’s entire career. We also plan to invite friends old and new to join us in celebrating this special event!

We want to know who you would like to see join the band on stage. Leave us a comment on your dream line up.

Stay tuned, more to come.

from the press release

Press Release
Legendary Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen turns 70,
Celebrates on stage with Hot Tuna & friends in NYC

Hot Tuna has decided to throw the ultimate party for Jorma’s 70th birthday, one that will mark over 50 years of performing for the renowned guitarist.

On Dec. 3 and 4, 2010, Jorma will take the stage with his celebrated band Hot Tuna for an electric show at the Beacon Theatre to kick-start the celebration. Throughout the night, fans should prepare to be astounded, as a star-studded line up of musicians and friends of Jorma’s have committed to helping him commemorate the evening. In a career that has spanned over half a century, Jorma has played and collaborated with the best musicians around. For the 70th birthday celebration, these performers will join him on stage to help embrace the occasion, their camaraderie, and most importantly the music.

Joining Jorma first and foremost will be Jack Casady. His friend and musical partner since the fifties, Jack joined Jorma in California when the two of them helped launched the legendary band Jefferson Airplane. From here they branched off and founded Hot Tuna who’s longevity and popularity has astounded even them. This union has spanned over 50 years, making Jorma and Jack two of rock’s longest standing duos.

Teaming up with Jorma and Jack will be their electric band mates. Currently touring with Hot Tuna Electric is mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff. A friend since his work on Jorma’s 2002 Grammy nominated CD, Blue Country Heart, Barry’s musical contributions to Hot Tuna add an element all their own. His career highlights are unmatched; he’s performed at the White House, and his work can be heard many movie soundtracks.

Hot Tuna is also thrilled to be playing with special guest drummer Skoota Warner. Known as “The Funky Drummer,” Skoota has performed with the likes of Santana, Matisyahu, Mary J. Blige, Cindy Lauper and Lionel Ritchie. He is tagged as one of the best Soul, Rock, Gospel & Pop drummers around and is a fresh addition to guys’ electric lineup.

Finally, Hot Tuna is ecstatic to play with this A list guest directory. Without naming names, because quite frankly they’d like to leave that a surprise, fans would be foolish not to take in one or both of these shows. The guest appearances are quite different for each night but all Jack and Jorma are willing to say is that the music will cover their early years to present with musicians from the folk, blues, songwriter, psychedelic, southern rock and contemporary world of music.

These guys are veterans of their craft. They continue to play not only because they have the ability, but also the drive to push themselves as musicians and the desire to play under any and every circumstance. It is this notion that makes this collaboration, especially on a milestone birthday like Jorma’s 70th, a truly epic event and one you won’t want to miss.

For media and interview requests, please contact: Maria Varonis at mvaronis@earthlink.net. Bio, photos & media materials available at www.hottuna.com

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