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Hot Tuna at the Fillmore

Last night Kelly and I went to the historic Fillmore Theater in San Francisco to check out the classic band Hot Tuna. While I have been a long time fan of Hot Tuna, this was the first time I actually got to see them play live - and an acoustic show, no less!

For the uninitiated, Hot Tuna is a band comprised Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, two former members of the original Jefferson Airplane. The legend goes (at least the one that I heard) that after the old Airplane shows, Jorma and Jack would spend hours in their hotel room jamming out to their true passion, traditional blues. These jams sessions eventually became part of the Airplane's shows, with Hot Tuna often opening up for Airplane. Eventually, the Airplane morphed into Jefferson Starship and then just Starship (yes, the Starship of "We Built this City" infamy, which, to my knowledge, Jorma and Jack had absolutely zero to do with), and then disappeared. However, lucky for us, Hot Tuna continues on to this day.

In any event, the show was great. Jorma is really one of the best guitar players you will ever see - and Jack Casady certainly holds his own on the bass. Add in the mandolin/ guitar/ banjo/ ukulele playing Barry Mitterhoff, and it really is a great sound they produce. Only one complaint: first, the web-site said they were starting at 10 - so we show up around 9:40, only to learn they started at 9:15. Pretty annoying.

Anyway, crappy camera phone picture below and a you tube clip of the boys doing their thing. Enjoy!



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