Hot Tuna tonight

The founding members of blues-rock band Hot Tuna (as well as early members of Jefferson Airplane) perform a special night of acoustic music at Diana Wortham Theatre tonight, Wednesday, July 11.

According to press for the event, “probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.” Guitarist Kaukonen was recruited to Jefferson Airplane by folkie Paul Kantner in the mid-1960s; guitarist/bassist Casady replaced original bassist Bob Harvey in late ‘65. While Jefferson Airplane was on hiatus in ‘69, Kaukonen and Casady performed some gigs as a duo, and released an album in ‘70 culled from their live shows. That was the beginning of Hot Tuna, which went on to open for the full Jefferson Airplane lineup before becoming as independent entity.

Hot Tuna has been in action (minus a couple of lengthy breaks) since ‘69. In recent years, the band has played at Bonnaroo and included blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite in its lineup.

Pisgah Brewery presents tonight’s concert at Diana Wortham Theatre. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $31.

Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show through Facebook at noon today. Follow to win.

Photo from Johnson Community College.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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