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“Imagine There’s No Hunger” – No, Seriously, try to Imagine it!

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2017—San Francisco, CA— In this “season of giving,” the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono’s mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” program draws inspiration from Imagine, the iconic song written by John Lennon with lyrics originating from Yoko Ono’s poems published in her book titled “Grapefruit.”.

The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” concert audience will be invited to participate in sing-along presentations of Lennon’s Imagine, Give Peace a Chance, and the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. This year’s production will be presented at 7 PM on December 16th at the picturesque Viansa Sonoma Winery located in the San Francisco Area.

Door proceeds benefit WhyHunger.
 
Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert featuring Grammy award winning artists Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady with drummer Justin Guip.

“Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, perform with a well-honed and solid power – always in the groove from years of experience and mutual inspiration. Started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days, the constant, the very definition of Hot Tuna, has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. “Hot Tuna is a Psychedelic-Blues Institution” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Special guests include:


Emerging Artist singer/songwriter Greg Winser,
Bass- Pete Sears,
Bass-Tony Saunders,
Drums-Bob Steeler,
Hammond B3 Organ-Waynard Scheller,
Violin-Matt Aaron,
Gospel Vocalists- Ariel Marin, Keelin Garcia, Ron Rosson and Dawaun King.

6:30 PM Doors

7:00 PM Show
$75
Tickets are Here

“The Jerry Garcia Foundation is honored to present the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” benefit concert to support the important humanitarian work of Yoko Ono Lennon and WhyHunger.

We are grateful to Hot Tuna, the Viansa Winery and to all that have extended their generosity on so many levels. This spirit of generosity is a gift to the greater community.” said Manasha Garcia, President of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.
 
The benefit’s setting itself is where dreams are made. Located just north of San Francisco, Viansa Sonoma winery is situated on 33 acres of estate vineyards, 97 acres of natural wetlands with 270° views of the Sonoma Valley-San Pablo Bay, Mayacamas Mountains and “King’s Highway.”
The beauty of the land pairs perfectly with the beauty of giving.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” Saint Francis of Assisi


The visual art of Jerry Garcia will be on exhibit in the Grateful Friends Charity Village at the concert. All art proceeds benefit California Wildfire recovery efforts via the “Heart of the Vine” Foundation.

Ben and Jerry’s and Levi’s are sponsoring this year’s holiday benefit. Levi’s has donated a sustainable Truckers Jacket embellished with Jerry Garcia’s fine art. Proceeds from the Levi’s Truckers Jacket will benefit WhyHunger.

Legendary artist, Stanley Mouse has donated an art image to be printed by Terrapin Stationers.

The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” benefit will be streamed live around the world by Stage Trip Productions. Viewers of the free live stream are encouraged to donate directly to WhyHunger.

For more information, please visit the Jerry Garcia Foundation website.


 The Jerry Garcia Foundation
 
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Jerry Garcia Foundation supports meaningful causes through the beauty of art and music. The Foundation was established in 2015 by Jerry Garcia’s daughter Keelin Garcia and wife Manasha Garcia to honor Jerry as an artist, musician, and visionary. 
 
For more information, please visit http://www.jerrygarciafoundation.org/

#ImagineNoHunger #WhyHunger #PeacethroughMusic #StoriesofGratitude

PASTE Magazine: The 10 Best Rock Bassists of All-Time

Lee Zimmerman from Paste Magazine recently penned a article listing his Top 10 Bass Guitarists of All-Time. At Number 8 on the list is yours truly, Jack Casady.

Here’s some of what Mr. Zimmerman had to say”

“His throbbing walking bass lines heightened the drama in such seminal standards as “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Embryonic Journey” and “Crown of Creation,” helping to launch a style that combined the complexities of jazz with a surging undertow youthful menace that help support the band’s insurgent stance.”

Yeah baby, “youthful menance!” Soon to be the title of Jack’s forthcoming auto-biography. Just kidding!

Jack is honored to be part of such an austere group of fellow “groove layers.” And humbled to have been a part of a musical history that changed the world, a musical history that continues to evolve and grow. Thank You PASTE magazine for the recognition and Thank You to all the fans that made it possible. Much Love and Respect!

Here is a video that depicts some of that youthful menance, at age 69. Not the best video, but fun none the less. Enjoy!

Low Ticket Alert! 2018 Jam in the Sand in Jamaica

Low Ticket Alert! The 2018 Dark Star Orchestra Jam in the Sand is close to selling out. If you wanted to join DSO and the rest of the Jammers in Jamaica, you better act quick! Special guests Hot Tuna and Rumpke Mountain Boys will play multiple sets throughout the festival.

JAM IN THE SAND VI, returns to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 18-22, 2018.

Should be Fire! Don’t Delay. Come Play!

The City Winery Serves Hot Tuna!

The leaves are starting to change, so you know what that means? The Hot Tuna Fall Tour is just days away. And no one is serving more Hot Tuna this fall than The City Winery in NYC.

The City Winery delivers a high end culinary and cultural experience to customers who are passionate about sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. It combines a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, and fine dining. They have created a compelling mix for sophisticated of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. It is such an intimate venue it feels like your in your living room.

This Fall, The City Winery in NY is serving up four(4) nights of Hot Tuna. Get your tickets before they sell out and they will sell out.

If you can’t catch Hot Tuna at the City Winery, check out the rest of the tour dates for a show near you!

11/11/17 Fur Peace StationPomeroy, OH Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock. SOLD OUT
11/21-22/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY
11/24-25/17 At the TabernacleTabor, NJ Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/27/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/28/17 City WineryNew York CIty, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/30/17 The Wilbur TheatreBoston, MA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/01/17 The WarehouseFairfield, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/02/17 Greenwich OdeumEast Greenwich, RI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/03/17 Cohoes Music HallCohoes, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/05/17 The BirchmereAlexandria, VA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/07/17 Paramount TheatreAsbury Park, NJ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock
12/08/17 The Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock.
12/09/17 The ParamountHuntington, NY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017

What an outstanding Wheels of Soul Tour! Hot Tuna is honored and grateful to have been a part of such an incredible musical experience. We would like to thank Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for putting it all together and making it such a wonderful time!

As the summer is winding down be sure to make plans for San Francisco and the 17th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, October 6-8.

This annual event is a treat. Jack Casady takes the stage with Peter Rowan and Blue Dharma on Saturday October 7th and Electric Hot Tuna plays on Sunday the 8th. We hope you can make it to Golden Gate Park for 3 days of fun and music! Don’t miss it.

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.