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30th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival August 11-13, 2017

Wow, it’s been a scorching Wheels of Soul Tour! Not only are the summer nights warm and balmy but the music has been hot, hot, HOT! Electric Hot Tuna has been laying down some blazing sets and smokin’ sit-ins! Checkout the remaining dates of the tour! It’s going to be extra special at Red Rocks. Hope to see you there!

Well, if it’s been to hot for you this summer, get away to the Grand Targhee Resort in cool Wyoming for the 30th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival August 11-13, 2017. Jack will be sitting in with Peter Rowan’s Dharma Blues Saturday, August 12th. The resort venue is absolutely spectacular and the cool mountain air is sure to cool you down. Great Music, Great Place, a Grand Time! Hope to see you there!

Kick Summer in the Face with a Hot Tuna Tour!

Okay Tuna Fans, 2017 has got to be one of the best summers in recent history to see a Hot Tuna show. Come on, just look at it. Starting with the Dark Star Jubilee on Memorial Day Weekend and going through July on the Wheels of Soul Tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band these are going to be some great shows. Fun venues, great music and good people, you have to to make it to a show. Get your tickets NOW!!

05/18-20/17 Egyptian Theatre Park City, UT Acoustic Hot Tuna

05/23-24/17 The Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ< Acoustic Hot Tuna 05/27-28/17 Dark Star Jubilee Thornville, OH Acoustic/Electric Hot Tuna

06/30/17 Westhampton Beach PACWesthampton Beach, NY Electric Hot Tuna

Just look at this line up for the DSO Jubilee:

If that weren’t enough, Hot Tuna is joining the Wood Brothers and the Tedeschi Trucks Band for 21 shows from the East coast, through the Midwest to the Rocky Mountain area, including two (2) shows at RED ROCKS, first time for the HT boys. Can you imagine the sit-ins on this tour? It’s going to be smoking hot FIRE!

There’s got to be a show near you!

July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
July 3 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 5 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
July 7 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl
July 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music Center
July 23 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
July 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
August 2 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater

Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

Epiphone presents the Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass Outfit commemorating the all-time best selling hollowbody electric bass designed by Jack Casady, co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring a Flame Maple Veneer top finished in Wine Red plus a custom gig bag, deluxe leather strap and certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jack Casady.

Beginnings: The Bass that Jack Built: When Epiphone and Jack Casady first released Jack’s signature bass in 1997, it was the culmination of years of experimentation by the innovative bassist to create an instrument that had superb electric tone but also had the response of an acoustic bass. Casady is one of the rare rock bassists known by both fans and players for his signature tone. And like fellow innovators (and fans) Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney, Casady became a bass player after years of study on other instruments. “My first teacher was a big band guitarist named Harry Vorhees,” Casady told Epiphone.com. “Later on I took from a number of guitarists; one was Bill Harris who was the guitarist for the Clovers. He had studied with a guy who was a student of Andres Segovia.”

The Perfect Bass Tone: “When I first started playing, I ran across a short scale semi-hollow bass,” said Casady “Despite lacking some low end, I really enjoyed the semi-hollow nature of that bass and over the years tried to capture that characteristic.” In 1997, Casady’s hard work paid off with the release of the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass, which has since become a favorite for pros around the world. “I did a lot of homework and bench testing and finally when it clicked in right, it was great. The workmanship that’s coming in on these instruments is just super.”

Discover the Jack Casady Signature Bass: The new Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass Outfit has a maple body with a Flame Maple Veneer top in a commemorative Wine Red finish with single-ply white binding. The hand-set mahogany neck has a 34″ scale with a rosewood 12″ radius fingerboard, a 1.6535″ nut, and 2-ply black/white truss rod cover with “20th Anniversary” silkscreened in white along with Jack’s trademark signature in gold on the headstock. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid “Trapezoid” inlays and 20 medium jumbo frets.

Custom Wound Pickup: The Ltd. Ed. Jack Casady Bass Outfit features Jack’s custom designed JCB-1 low impedance, low output pickup, which employs a three-position transformer to shape the frequency response. “I went to work on the pickup and it took almost two years to develop,” says Casady. Controls include a Master Volume, Master Tone with Black “Top Hats” knobs with metal inserts plus Epiphone’s custom 3-Position VariGain™ Switch for additional tone shaping (50, 250, and 500 ohms).

Rock Solid Epiphone Hardware: Every Jack Casady Signature Bass features nickel hardware, classic style 19:1 ratio tuners, and a 3-point adjustable bridge exactly like what the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer uses on-stage. “Every year I get two new instruments that I take out on the road,” says Casady. “No ringers. I have none that are set up a special way or anything like that and they are great.” The Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass Outfit includes a padded gigbag with the 20th Anniversary “Jack Casady 20” logo and a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Limited Lifetime Warranty: All Epiphone instruments come with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson’s world famous 365/24/7 Customer Service. Visit your favorite Authorized Epiphone Dealer or visit Epiphone.com today and discover what many consider to be the greatest custom signature bass ever made, the Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass Outfit!

Be Sure To Catch Jack On the Road with Peter Rowan

PeterRowanDharmaJack Casady will be joining bluegrass pioneer, Peter Rowan, on the road for a series of shows highlighting songs from Rpwan’s latest album, Dharma Blues. This mini tour starts tonight with two (2) shows at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Get Tickets Here. Bluegrass visionary, Peter Rowan teams up with Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady, who accompanied Peter on his *Dharma Blues* album in 2014 (produced by McCabe’s alum John Chelew) for shows at Suwanee Music Fest, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe and Merlefest. Check back for more details.

New York Shows Just Announced! April 14th & 15th

Electric Hot Tuna just announced TWO (2) shows in New York this Spring, Woohoo! The first show is Friday, April 14th at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Raccoon Lodge presents a benefit concert for the Guild For Exceptional Children. The Guild For Exceptional Children is a non profit organization located in Brooklyn, New York that provides assistance to children, adults & seniors with developmental & intellectual disabilities. And Prospect Hall’s Grand Ballroom is absolutely gorgeous! If for no other reason, come watch Hot Tuna Trio shake the glittering chandeliers. Also help support a great cause. Ninety (90) percent of each dollar raised goes directly to the care and support of exceptional children. For tickets, check GEC website Doors open 7:00pm
Music at 8:00pm

The second show is Saturday, April 15th at the St. George Theatre on Staten island. Centered in the historic St. George District of Staten Island, just steps from the iconic Staten Island Ferry. The St. George Theatre is one of the great theater of New York. Come check it out. Get ticket information on their website.

Wheels of Soul Big Summer Tour Announced

Legendary Rock Blues Artist Hot Tuna Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band on “Wheels of Soul” Tour 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced the third installment of their wildly popular Wheels of Soul Summer Tour. The 12-piece ensemble led by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will be supported on all dates by longtime friends and collaborators Hot Tuna ( Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip) and masters of soulful folk, The Wood Brothers. The tour is scheduled to hit many of the country’s premier outdoor venues on the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date July 1 through 31st, 2017. For the latest ticket on-sale information, please visit http://tedeschitrucksband.com/.

When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year Jorma offered excitement and praise, “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest bands in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.” Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed pathes with Derek and Susan early in their careers and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows this past year.

For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. No one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement awards. The two boyhood pals have wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They are a force in American music.

The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul “The best musical hang of the season…a celebration of kindred creative spirits,” while Denver Westword calls TTB’s summer package “A wall of talent on stage.”

Current Wheels of Soul 2017 dates and on sale information listed below, please stay tuned for additional dates and info to be listed on our tour page.

July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
July 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 5 – Vienna, VA (DC)* – Wolf Trap
July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl
July 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA** – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 14 – Raleigh, NC** – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15 – Atlanta, GA*** – Fox Theatre
July 16 – Charlotte, NC** – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music Center
July 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
July 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
*Pre-sale March 3rd / On sale March 18th
**Pre-sale February 7th / On sale February 10th
***Pre-sale January 31st / On sale February 3rd

Return to the Jubilee!

The Hot Tuna gang is excited to announce the return of Acoustic/Electric Hot Tuna(2 sets) to the 2017 Dark Star Orchestra Jubilee! The folks at All Good Presents put on a fantastic show. And this year’s lineup is stellar! Check it out

Looking Forward to a New Year!

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Happy New Year! What a long strange trip 2016 has been!

The past year has been simultaneously long and short. Of course, the election fracas made the year drag along. And the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Fry and others gave us all heavy hearts. The passing of Paul Kanter and Signe Anderson hit very close to home. That rocked the house for sure.

All that made the highlight of 2016 all the more special and rewarding. It was a honor to accept the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Jefferson Airplane, our band mates, our brothers and sisters and all of our fans.

It has always been the music that helped us move forward, got us through the years and brought us closer together. I am grateful for the music. Here’s to making music in 2017. Hot Tuna gets back at it in February with some shows in my neighborhood, the West Coast! Much Peace and Love for all of you in 2017!

02/13/17 Belly Up
Solana Beach, CA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/15/17 The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/17/17 Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/19/17 The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA
Electric Hot Tuna  
02/20/17 The Center for The Arts
Grass Valley, CA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/22/17 The Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, OR
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/23/17 Aladdin Theater
Portland, OR
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/24/17 Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
02/25/17 Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill
Spokane, WA
Acoustic Hot Tuna

New York City…Are You Ready?

[Photo by Greg Cristman | www.gregCphotography.com]

Get ready for Electric Hot Tuna at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, November 19. In fact, the East Coast should get ready because the Beacon show kicks off a 6 night run through NY, VT, CT, PA and DC. Get out and see the Hot Tuna boys now because they won’t be back around until 2017.

11/19/16 The Beacon Theatre New York City, NY

11/20/16 The Egg Albany, NY

11/22/16 Spruce Peak PAC Stowe, VT

11/23/16 The Warehouse Fairfield, CT

11/25/16 The Hamilton Washington DC

11/26/16 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, Jack and Jorma caught fire with the Jefferson Airplane set at the GRAMMYS Salute to Musical Legends show broadcasted last week on PBS. Members of the Jefferson Airplane were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Marty Balin was absent from the show and Grace Slick chose not to sing so it was up to Jorma and Jack to represent, and man did they ever. Their three song set was great. Check out their performance at the 38:15 mark. Watch Jorma tear into his Gibson ES-345.