WNKU Benefit Concert
Tue May 20, 2014
WNKU Presents An Evening with Hot Tuna Acoustic Trio
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Doors at 7 PM / Show at 8 PM
On Friday, July 25, WNKU welcomes two of the most legendary names in rock history to Greaves Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. At its core, Hot Tuna is Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady – two musicians who first started playing together as kids before eventually helping form Jefferson Airplane in the 1960’s. While Jefferson Airplane helped create the soundtrack of the 60’s and would eventually be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, Jorma and Jack always maintained their own project on the side.
The pair remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass, and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. While in San Francisco and even in hotel rooms on the road with Jefferson Airplane, they worked up a set of songs that they would often play at clubs in the Bay Area and while touring, often after having played a set with the Airplane. This led to a record contract, and eventually they decided to name their side project, “Hot Tuna.” With it they launched on an odyssey which has itself continued for more than 35 years, always finding new and interesting turns in its path forward.
For the last few years, Jorma and Jack have been joined in most of their Hot Tuna performances by the mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff. A veteran of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, and rock-influenced bands including “Tony Trischka and Skyline” and “Bottle Hill,” Barry has found a new voice in working with Hot Tuna, and the fit has been good — watching them play, it’s as if he’s been there from the beginning and they’re all having the time of their lives.
Tickets to see the Hot Tuna Acoustic Trio at Greaves Concert Hall are $25 in advance and $30 day of show with proceeds benefitting WNKU. Tickets are available at Cincyticket.com, WNKU.org, all Cincy Ticket outlets, and by phone at 1-888-428-7311. It is an all-ages show.