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Jorma’s 75th Birthday Bash – Freakin at the Beacon

Say it isn’t so! Jorma can’t be turning 75? Seems like we just celebrated his 70th Birthday Bash!

Well, it’s true. And it only means we’re all five years older too. So join Jorma, Jack and Electric Hot Tuna for “Freakin at the Beacon” Theater in New York City on Friday, November 20th and Saturday November 21st to help celebrate an amazing man and an amazing life.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 24th 10AM.

Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 866-858-0008

Jorma & Jack Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane at LOCKIN


We all know what a beautiful experience Chicago was for Dead fans celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Well this performance should be equally memorable and emotional for fans of Jefferson Airplane.

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years Of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in an exclusive performance at LOCKN’ 2015. In addition to performing as Hot Tuna, Jorma and Jack, the founding fathers of electric counter-culture psychedelic rock, will be joined by Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive), GE Smith (long time SNL house guitarist), and Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams (famed Americana duo – Levon Helm / Midnight Ramble, Hot Tuna, Fur Peace Ranch). Special guest appearance by Bill Kreutzmann.

Don’t miss Jorma and Jack curating this once-in-a-lifetime presentation of some of the best rock songs of the late 60′s / early 70′s.

Hot Tuna Hits The East Coast

After a two week tour in Hawaii, Hot Tuna hits the road for the Northeast. During the month of July, Jorma and Jack perform duo as Acoustic Hot Tuna through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams open the shows.

Then they go electric with drummer, Justin Guip, as the Electric Hot Tuna Trio, through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check out the Tour Dates below:

Acoustic Hot Tuna (Jorma & Jack duo)
July 09 Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, ME
July 10 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 11 Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 12 Payomet PAC, North Truro, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 14 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk, CT

Electric Hot Tuna Trio (Jorma, Jack & Justin Guip)
July 16 Prudential Hall, New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
July 17 State Theatre, State College, PA
July 18 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
July 19 Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY

Dave Grohl Rocks the Black Jack

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Here’s a great shot of rocker Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) putting the black Jack Casady Signature Epiphone Bass Guitar to the test. Pretty sure it held it’s own. Rock On Dave! We love your work and we’re just a tiny bit jealous of your “rock-n-roll hair!” Oh, those were the days!

Dominic Davis on Tour with Jack White and Epiphone

Our friend Dominic Davis is busy these days. Dominic is about to hit the road with Jack White for shows in Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and the USA. Look for Dominic on tour with his Epiphone Jack Casady bass and if you watch closely, you might even see him in an upcoming episode of the smash ABC hit Nashville. (Photos: James Swanson)

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Diana Bass on Tour

The Diana Bass by Tom Ribbecke

The Diana Bass by Tom Ribbecke makes an appearance. Photo by Bob Minkin

The Diana Bass by Tom Ribbecke

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OK, We’ve received a lot of questions from fans recently regarding Jack’s new acoustic bass, The Diana, by Tom Ribbecke. If you were lucky enough to catch Hot Tuna on their west coast swing in early January, you would have caught a glimpse of the new bass. Jack has been playing The Diana in very limited situations, such as the Fillmore Show. This is primarily because he doesn’t want to subject it to airline baggage handlers who are notoriously hard on guitars, just ask any player who has had to travel, ugh. This is no small guitar and it is VERY special to him. So he is very protective of it, as one might imagine, thus the limited usage. With that said, Jack absolutely loves playing the Diana bass. And he would like to acknowledge Tom Ribbecke for his outstanding commitment to this project. “Tom is an outstanding craftsman, but more importantly, he listens and understands the importance of each project. He put his heart and soul into this project. The results are beautiful. Just like it’s inspiration.”

Kevin Johnson, Managing Editor at No Treble, wrote a nice review of the Diana Bass. Here are some of the specs

 

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Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars Diana Bass Specs:
Scale: 34″
Width at Lower Bout: 18 1/2″
Deepest Part of Body: 6 1/2″
Nut Width: 1 5/8″
Width at Body Joint: 2 5/16″
Top: Englemann Spruce
Back and Sides: Myrtle
Binding: Koa
Fittings: All Ebony Fittings Shop Made
Neck Depth at 1st Fret: .890″
Strings Pictured: .045 .055 .078 .098″ Phosphor Bronze

Electric Hot Tuna at the Wanee Music Festival


Time to mark your calendar! Electric Hot Tuna is scheduled to play the Wanee Music Festival Thursday, April 16, 2015. Widespread Panic headlines the festival which also includes Gregg Allman, Gov’t Mule, Earth Wind & Fire, Cheap Trick and many more! Get your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird specials. Hope to see you there!

Jack and Jorma Meet A Real Starship Captain – Mark Kelly

Astronaut Mark Kelly with Hot Tuna musicians Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen at The Explorers Club. (Photo: Janine Menlove)

Our friend, Jim Clash, at Forbes Magazine has a nice review of Jack’s 70th Birthday show at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Before the show, Jim interviewed Capt. Mark Kelly, Astronaut and former shuttle pilot, at the Explorer’s Club. Jack and Jorma sat in on the interview then invited Mark to the Beacon show.

The Beacon Was Electric!

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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to everyone who came out to the Beacon Theater on Saturday 12/13/14. We rocked the place! It was a special night, a special memory, one I will always remember and cherish. And Thanks to all the fans who come out to all our Hot Tuna shows everywhere. You are more like family and friends than fans. Your love and support is overwhelming.

I would also like to thank Jorma, for being a truly great friend and outstanding musical partner. It’s been a wonderful adventure. Here’s to many more years together on this “long strange trip.”

Peace and Love for the New Year!

Jack