Electric Hot Tuna hits the road next week for the first half of its 2016 Summer Tour. Things get started on 07/08/16 with Blissfest in Northwest Lower Michigan! The Blissfest Music Organization is a non-profit educational and performing arts organization established in 1981. It provides year round folk arts programming in Emmet County including its annual festival at the Blissfest Festival Farm located near Cross Village, Ml. Blissfest seeks to preserve American and World folk music. Peter Yarrow and Keller Williams are also on the bill. This is the first time Electric Hot Tuna has played Blissfest. We are truly excited to be a part of this great music tradition.
From Upper Lower Michigan to New Mexico and then on to the Grand Targhee Summer Music Fest in Alta, Wyoming! Targhee Fest is about great music, the culture and lifestyle of the mountains, great food and drink, the spirit of sustainability and the hospitality that resides in this jewel of a resort. We share the stage with Steve Kimock, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and moe. It’s like family. We expect some shenanigans! If your in the neighborhood, check us out!
Yay it’s May!
And May means it time for the Jubilee.
The Dark Star Jubilee!
Hot Tuna is playing 2 sets at the Dark Star Jubilee Music Festival May 27-29. Electric Hot Tuna is scheduled for Saturday (5/28) and Acoustic Hot Tuna is on Sunday (5/29).
Never miss a Sunday Show!
This year’s Jubilee has an excellent line up with Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Wailers, Steve Kimock and Friends and much more. Oh yeah, 3 sets of Dark Star Orchestra.
This past weekend was the GRAMMY’s Salute To Music Legends ceremony where Jefferson Airplane was recognized for its impact on American music with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. Jorma, Grace and I were in attendance. Marty was not able to make it. It was an emotional moment for all of us. It was a time to reflect and look back on the significance of the music of Jefferson Airplane and the music’s role in shaping American culture. I remember thinking that Jefferson Airplane didn’t start out to change the American culture. That was never our grand mission. We simply wanted to play music that people could dance too. We were just doing what young people do, getting together to have a good time.
I thanked the GRAMMYs for their award. I am honored to be a part of American music history. But my real thanks go to the millions of fans that made this journey possible. You are the ones who came to dance and have a good time. You were the ones who gathered together to change the world. We were just playing in the band. This is an award for all of you! Thank You
Electric Hot Tuna kicks off a spring tour with a show at the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida on April 16, 2016. Steve Kimock will be joining them for a full set of classic Tuna songs as well as some surprises. Tickets are still available. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers multiple stages, miles of trails and over 800 acres for camping, hiking, canoe and kayak rentals on the river, horseback riding, a restaurant and country store. It is a great place to catch a show. Other performers include: Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Clark, Billy and the Kids, BIG Something and many more.
Jorma and Jack head back up the coast for a couple of Acoustic Hot Tuna shows. Be sure to catch them when they’re in your neighborhood! Check out the following shows.
04/16/15 Wanee Live Oak, FL Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock
04/17/16 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/19/16 Orange Peel Asheville, NC Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/20/16 City Winery Nashville, TN Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
04/21/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo
Jack Casady was an honored guest at The Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards Show celebrating the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Jefferson Airplane. Casady’s Homage to Jefferson Airplane Band Mates was captured there by USA Today. View the video here. Photo at left: Jack Casady arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ Valerie MACON.
“Buddy Guy and I had a chance to catch up a bit!!! We did some jaming back in late Sixties! So glad to see Buddy get the recognition he so well deserves!”
“I attended the Grammy Nominee reception. The photo on the right is Al Schmitt and me. Al produced four Jefferson Airplane albums and the first Hot Tuna album!!! A legendary producer and wonderful human being!!!!! Some great stories here!!!”
It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I say goodbye to an old friend. Paul was more than a friend, he was the pilot who flew Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship to unparalleled heights, beyond our wildest dreams, but not his. He had a vision. And he pursued that vision with relentless abandon.
When I arrived in San Francisco, I didn’t know anyone except Jorma. Paul warmly welcomed me to the city and into the band. And with a simple, “Let’s get started.” he set our musical journey in motion. He navigated the band through the music industry with self confidence and assurance like he had a map in his head and he knew the destination.
Of course when you’re adrift in the vast sea of the music industry, the crew gets restless and anxious. And our little mutinies were legendary. But Paul was steadfast in his belief that he could command the ship and lead it in new directions, which he did, and to much success. The crews changed over time of course but it was always Paul’s vision that steered the ship.
I would like to offer my condolences to Paul’s family, especially his children China, Gareth and Alexander. He will be greatly missed. But he will also be remembered and cherished by the legions of fans that he made at every port he landed. Fare thee well fair aviator.
Signe Toly Anderson September 15, 1941 – January 28, 2016
I would also like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family Signe Anderson. Signe was an instrumental part of Jefferson Airplane’s success. She gave JA that distinguishing 3-part harmony sound, with Paul and Marty. She was innovative with her voice. Signe’s time with the band was short lived, but her impact on Jefferson Airplane sound still resonates. Thankful that she no longer is in pain. She will be missed and fondly remembered.
The Recording Academy today announced its class of 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C.; the Trustees Award honorees are John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
”Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.” Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love.” Two hits from that album, “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2016 Wanee Music Festival looks like it’s going to be jamming good time. Lots of guitar heavy jam bands including our own Electric Hot Tuna! Also Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Billy and the Kids, Umphrey’s McGee and Greg Allman. So excited to share the stage with old and new friends. Get your tickets early and save.
Photo by Clayton Roberts
Electric Hot Tuna is very excited about being a part of Warren Haynes’ 2016 Christmas Jam! It’s SOLD OUT!
And it’s all for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam recently handed over a record-breaking half-million dollars, marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. To date, 33 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam. Rock the House! Check out Warren Haynes new CD Ashes & Dust. It’s excellent!