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After a looonng couple of months of national craziness, everybody deserves a little relief. We can’t wait to get together and share some music, love and happiness! So we’re hitting the road to make the holiday time even better! Check out the schedule below to see when we’re in your neighborhood! Hope to see you soon!

11/21/18 The Beacon Theatre New York City, NY Electric Hot Tuna
11/23/18 Waterville Opera House Waterville, ME Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/24/18 Tupelo Music Hall Derry, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/25/18 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/27/18 The City Winery Washington DC Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/29/18 The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts Owings Mills, MD Acoustic Hot Tuna
11/30/18 The Peoples Bank Theatre Marietta, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/01/18 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/03/18 Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/05/18 The Clyde Theatre Fort Wayne, IN Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/07/18 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL Acoustic Hot Tuna
Two shows. 7pm & 9:30pm
12/08/18 Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/09/18 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/11/18 Delmar Hall St Louis, MO Acoustic Hot Tuna SOLD OUT
12/12/18 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/14/18 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/29/18 Freight & SalvageBerkeley, CA Acoustic Hot Tuna
12/30/18 Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA Electric Hot Tuna
12/31/18 Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA Acoustic & Electric

Now We Are Three Requiem For A Friend Marty Balin 30 Jan. 1942/27 Sept. 2018

Life is a thin thread

It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed

It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid

Life is a thin thread

It’s a fine line between loving and not

Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got

Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught

It’s a fine line

(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.

Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover.

Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.

So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…

Now we are three…

Electric Hot Tuna Tour with Steve Kimock Starts with NedFest 2018

Oh Yeah! The Electric Hot Tuna Tour with Steve Kimock starts August 25th with Nedfest. The Nederland Music and Arts Festival is an annual three-day outdoor music and arts festival in the music world’s renowned Nederland, Colorado. This year will be it’s 20th year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country, too. They host a wide range of music, from rock and roll to blues, bluegrass to folk and Americana, with a hint or two of jazz. Check out EHT on Saturday night and stick around for a solo set by Jorma on Sunday. Oh Yeah! Be sure to scoop one of these beautiful posters by Jay V Rizzi.

Check out the other dates for the Electric Hot Tuna Tour.

08/25/18 NedFest Nederland, CO Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/26/18 NedFest Nerderland, CO Jorma Kaukonen

08/28/18 Center for the Arts Jackson Hole, WY Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/30/18 The Neptune Seattle, WA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

08/31/18 Revolution Hall Portland, OR Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/01/18 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/02/18 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/04/18 Crest Theatre Sacramenta, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/06/18 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/07/18 The Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/08/18 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Scottsdale, AZ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/10/18 The Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

09/11/18 KiMo Theatre Albuquerque, NM Electric Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock

Electric Hot Tuna Goes Cruising – Jam Cruise17

Just Announced! Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock will be joining a stellar lineup for Jam Cruise 17 on January 15-21, 2019. You can pre-book cabins now. This a legendary experience, just check out the ship, the Norwegian Jade. It departs from Miami, FL and makes ports in Belize, Cozumel and Progreso, MX. Check out the line-up! Tickets go on sale May 16,2018.

Spring Tour 2018

Acoustic Hot Tuna 2018 Spring Tour is just around the corner. Be sure to catch them at a venue near you.

Thank You – Jam in the Sand 2018!

Just wanted to say Thank You! to all the Hot Tuna fans who attended the 2018 Dark Star Orchestra Jam In The Sand at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort Runaway Bay, Jamaica. We had a great time, met some really great fans and made some great music together. Also want to thank the whole Dark Star Orchestra family for putting on a fantastic getaway. Thanks also to Suzy Perler for some wonderful photos from the weekend. Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces at The Jubilee!

“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