S.F.-based jam band Hot Tuna to play in Bozeman on Feb. 14

2013-02-08T00:00:00Z S.F.-based jam band Hot Tuna to play in Bozeman on Feb. 14 The Billings Gazette

BOZEMAN — Vootie Productions and Live From the Divide present an evening with Hot Tuna on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Center.

Tickets are on sale at Cactus Records and online at www.vootie.com. The show will be recorded for later broadcast on KGLT's "Live From the Divide."

The two founders of Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, have been playing together for more than 50 years.

Now members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the pair began playing together while growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, where Kaukonen's father was a dentist and Casady's father a State Department official. Kaukonen played professional gigs as lead guitarist at night before he was old enough to drive. Casady, four years older, started college in Ohio, accompanied his family overseas and then returned to college, this time in California.

The two performers remained loyal to their blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk influences. They would play together, working up a set of songs that they performed at clubs in the Bay Area, often after having played a set with their regular band, Jefferson Airplane.

In addition to their teaching, Casady and Kaukonen continue to tour and record, including the Grammy-nominated "Quah." For the past few years, the pair have been joined by the mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff.

 

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