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Jason Greenberg, our dedicated archivist, just posted Friday night’s show from the Beacon Theater (12/03/10) up on iTunes. The first show of Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration with featured special guests: Happy Traum, John Hammond, Chris Smither, Bill Kirchen, Byron House, Larry Campbell and Warren Haynes.

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Corners Without Exits
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sportin’ Life Blues with Happy Traum
6. Ode To Billy Dean
7. Living Just For You
8. John Hammond …I Can Tell
9. John Hammond …. You Know That’s Cold
10. Talkin’ Bout chicken with Bill Kirchen and Larry Campbell
11. Come Back Baby with Kirchen and Warren Haynes and Larry Campbell
Second Set:
1. Water Song with Jack & Byron House
2. 99 Year Blues with Jack and Byron
3. Genesis with Larry Campbell
4. Bowlegged Woman with Warren Haynes & Larry Campbell
5. I This I Love I Want My Money Back
6. Step It Up And Go with Chris Smither
7. Rock Me Baby (with Larry Campbell, Warren Haynes, and Bill Kirchen)
8. Encore: Hit Single #1

Thanks Jason for all your hard work and dedication. It is greatly appreciated. If you see Jason, tell him, “you’re the man!”

October is a great time of the year. The leaves are changing color as the days are getting shorter and kids everywhere are deciding what to be for Halloween. This year, why not dress the kids (or grand kids or even your favorite pet) as your favorite Hot Tuna character! If you do, send us a picture and we’ll post it on the site.

The band caught the early changes in the fall foliage coming off our west coast tour a couple of weeks ago. It was a great run through the upper northwest as we played some of our favorite west coast venues like The Gothic in Englewood, CO, The Aladdin in Portland, OR and of course Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. We tried to figure out how many times Jorma and Jack have played Golden Gate. We estimated it to be a least “couple of dozen” times. If you think you know the answer, be sure to let us know. If you want to see some of the set lists from the West Coast swing, check out Jorma’s blog, Cracks In the Finish.

We are just a few weeks away from playing the season closing show at the Fur Peace Ranch. This year’s show will feature an outstanding guitar player and our very good friend, Steve Kimock. Steve is filling in for GE Smith who is on tour with some guy named Roger Waters. Although the show is sold out, there is one way to get in and see it. There are still some open spots for Jack’s Bass Workshop. It’s always a favorite. Speaking of Jack, there is an interesting interview of the Bass Master over at Blues Revue. In it, Jack talks about the impromptu jam session for Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album. It’s a good read.

It looks like the Hot Tuna Birthday Celebration for Jorma at the Beacon Theater is just about SOLD OUT. FPR is sold out of all its tickets and there were only a few remaining tickets at the Beacon. The Beacon has said that some tickets may become available closer to the date of the show. So don’t give up if you are still wanting to go to the show. Keep checking the Beacon Web site.

We know many of you are wondering who will be at Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration. Well, let’s just say that most of the special guests have been revealed in your comments. Wink Wink!, Nudge Nudge! However, there is one special artist we want to acknowledge. We are very pleased to have the always exciting Bob Steeler join us Friday night. (12/3) I don’t know what we will be playing, but I’m sure it will be LOUD, FAST and ROCKING! Makes the hair on my neck stand up thinking about it.

What would you like to hear at the show? Some of you have listed your favorite songs, but we want to know more. What are your favorites? What would be your dream set?

More to come!

Peace

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.

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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