The Beacon Was Electric!



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!


Two New Shows Added – Acoustic Hot Tuna – Highline Ballroom – NYC

Photo by Barry Berensen Photo by Barry Berensen

New York City can’t get enough Hot Tuna! Two new shows have been added to the Hot Tuna 2014 Fall Tour. The Highline Ballroom just added Acoustic Hot Tuna for two nights, Sunday, November 30th and Monday, December 1st, 2014. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Additional Ticket Info:

VIP Gold $125 Reserved Seating in First 2 Rows Exact Seating First Come, First Served
VIP Silver $85 Reserved Seating in First Row Balcony and Side Loges Exact Seating First Come, First Served
General Admission $65 Limited Seating Available, First Come, First Seated
Full Dinner Menu Available $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
All Ages!

Get Your Tickets Here!

Jack’s Interview with Jim Clash


Check out Jack’s recent interview with Jim Clash, contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.
In the interview, Jack talks about teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Here’s an excerpt:

Casady: You have to remind them that it is a workshop. In the very first session of a weekend, I run a song through to see who’s doing what, how quick they are. What’s their left-hand technique, right-hand technique – and whether they’re getting decent tone? Do they hear the music and assimilate it and get around the instrument well? Or are they just completely lost? I then match up jobs I give with their abilities.

Jack’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Beacon Theater

JUST ANNOUNCED: Hot Tuna will be performing at the ‪‎BeaconTheatre‬ on December 13!Use the code “SOCIAL” to access presale tickets this Thursday, July 31st at 10AM until 10PM.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday August 1, 2014 10:00 AM.

Hot Tuna returns to New York City for one unforgettable evening of hard driving blues and soulful Americana. This year the band will celebrate Jack Casady’s 70th Birthday and promises to pull out all the stops with a roaring electric set.

Joining Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady this year will be very special guest Marty Balin, a fellow Jefferson Airplane founding member. Also on tap are multi-instrumentalists Barry Mitterhoff and Larry Campbell, vocalist Teresa Williams, and drummer Justin Guip. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming months. The Beacon Theatre concerts have become an annual holiday tradition – a spontaneous, innovative, rock and roll extravaganza not to be missed.

Dominic Davis and his “Black Jack”

Dominic Davis brought out his black Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar for the 2nd leg of Jack White’s sold out world tour. They’re in the U.S. this month.

Here’s what Dominic had to say about his Jack Casady bass:

I love the Jack Casady because it gives you that quick decay that an upright has. I have a lot of hollowbody basses, but most of them are short scale like a Hofner. The Jack Casady plays like one of those, but stays in tune and feels like all of my other regular scale basses. Plus, it’s versatile. My other hollowbody basses sound great, but they only have one sound. The Jack Casady really gives you a lot to work with. I highly recommend it with flat wounds. Read More about Dominic.


Hot Tuna Hits the Midwest


Everyone on the Bus! Hot Tuna hits the road for a summer tour through the midwest. The last stop on the tour is Fur Peace Ranch for the Arts and Minds festival. Check out the dates and locations below. Also, a big announcement is coming at the end of the month about Hot Tuna’s annual New York City Beacon Theater Show! Be sure to be there!

Check out this fun Esquire blog that mentions Hot Tuna. See you on the bus!

07/15-16/14 Space
Evanston, IL
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/18/14 Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/19/14 The Englert Theatre
Iowa City, IA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/21-22/14 Dakota Jazz Club Restaurant
Minneapolis, MN
Acoustic Hot Tuna Two shows each night. 7pm & 9:30pm
07/25/14 Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/26/14 Fur Peace Station
Pomeroy, OH
Acoustic Hot Tuna Jack & Jorma. SOLD OUT

Hot Tuna Hits the Road and Hot Tuna’s 2010 NYC Beacon Show hits the Internet

Master Hot Tuna Archivist, Jason Greenberg, has put together a new website that list the shows available in the live release catalog. It’s called He has also released a 24bit (better than CD quality) recording of the 2010 NYC Beacon shows (Jorma’s 70th B-day!). Check it out at HDTracks.

Hot Tuna hits the road for some sizzling summer fun with Leon Russell. Acoustic Hot Tuna will be playing this first four gigs of this run. For the remaining four shows, Electric Hot Tuna will be taking the stage with special guests Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Justin Guip on drums.

06/13/14 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/14/14 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/16/14 Waterville Opera House Waterville, ME Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/17/14 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/19/14 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY Electric Hot Tuna. Also Leon Russell

06/20/14 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY Electric Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/21/14 Bergen PAC Englewood, NJ Electric Hot Tuna. Also Leon Russell

06/22/14 Pine Belt Arena Toms River, NJ Electric Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

Comin’ Back to Me


After a great set of gigs in Japan, Jack got some time off to visit some of his old haunts in San Francisco. Here is Jack in front of 2400 Fulton Street 47 years after Jefferson Airplane used it as their headquarters. Below is the JA gang hanging at the old pad. Oh the memories are Comin’ Back to Me! Good Times.



Freaky Show in Japan


Photo by Junichi Nakagawa, color manipulation by Doug Allsopp


Jack Rocks Japan! Here is a cool shot from the Freaky Show Club in Shizuoka, Japan.

Wood Forum Features Jack’s Acoustic Bass – The Diana Bass

woodforumlogo jacks_diane_acoustic Wood Forum is the monthly newsletter of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association They have a nice feature on Tom Ribbecke. Tom has been commissioned by Jack to develop and create an acoustic bass guitar in memory of his wife Diana Balfour Casady who passed in 2012. The feature describes how “The Diana Bass” is a truly unique instrument from its design, materials and even its finish. It’s a good read. It will make you want to go out and buy one! Check out the Wood Forum Newsletter Here.