Win Tickets ($44): Hot Tuna @ Aladdin Theater | American Blues, Roots Music, Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Hot Tuna @ Aladdin Theater on February 23. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 20.


From our sponsors:
Hot Tuna
February 23, 2017
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $39.50 ADV, $42 Doors | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

A Musical Odyssey

From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years — yes! — than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna.

The pair began playing together while growing up in the Washington D.C. area, where Jack’s father was a dentist and Jorma’s father a State Department official. Four years younger, Jack continued in junior high, then high school — while playing professional gigs as lead guitarist at night before he was old enough to drive — while Jorma (who had played rhythm guitar to Jack’s lead) started college in Ohio, accompanied his family overseas, then returned to college, this time in California.

Along the way, Jorma became enamored of, then committed to, the finger-picking guitar style exemplified by the now-legendary Rev. Gary Davis. Jack, meanwhile, had taken an interest in the electric bass, at the time a controversial instrument in blues, jazz, and folk circles.

In the mid 1960s, Jorma was asked to audition to play guitar for a new band that was forming in San Francisco. Though an acoustic player at heart, he grew interested in the electronic gadgetry that was beginning to make an appearance in the popular music scene — particularly in a primitive processor brought to the audition by a fellow named Ken Kesey — and decided to join that band; soon thereafter he summoned his young friend from Washington, who now played the bass.

Thus was created the unique (then and now) sound that was The Jefferson Airplane. Jorma even contributed the band’s name, drawn from a nickname a friend had for the blues-playing Jorma. Jack’s experience as a lead guitarist led to a style of bass playing which took the instrument far beyond its traditional role.

While in The Jefferson Airplane, putting together the soundtrack of the 60s, 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, they would play together and worked up a set of songs that they would often play at clubs in the Bay Area and while on the road, often after having played a set with the Airplane. This led to a record contract; in fact, they had an album recorded before they decided to name their band 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.

The first thing an early Hot Tuna fans discovered at their concerts of the early 1970s was that the band was growing louder and louder. In an era in which volume often overtrumped musicianship, Hot Tuna provided both. The second thing a fan would discover was that Jack and Jorma really loved to play. “Look around for another band that plays uninterrupted three- to six-hour sets,” wrote reviewer Jerry Moore. What Moore could not have known was that had there been no audience at all, they would have played just as long and just as well, so devoted were they to making music. Of course, the audience wasn’t superfluous by any means; it energized and continues to energize their performances. Album followed album — more than two dozen in all, not counting solo efforts, side projects, and appearances on the albums of other bands and performers — and they continued to develop their interests and styles, both together and in individual pursuits. In an era in which old bands reunite for one last tour, Hot Tuna can’t because Hot Tuna never broke up.

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36 Responses to Win Tickets ($44): Hot Tuna @ Aladdin Theater | American Blues, Roots Music, Rock

  1. Mike February 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    Jack & Jorma and a great venue like The Aladdin Theater, Serve me up some Hot Tuna please!

  2. Cory February 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Ah Sweet Tuna!!!!!!!!

  3. Becky Underhill February 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    We neeeeeed these tickets! Like Jorma Kaukonen, we are Finnish American (and so we CAN pronounce his name right). Like Hot Tuna, we LOVE the blues and rock. And as it is for so many— money for tickets is scarce.

  4. Martin Anderson February 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Luv Tuna

  5. Michael February 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Since I was turned on to The Jefferson Airplane years ago I have been a fan of Jack & Jorma. To be able to see 2 living legends at The Aladdin Theater would just make my day.

  6. Mauraborealice February 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    A Jorma Kaukonen fan!

  7. Matt February 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    If you don’t know Jorma (Yorma), you don’t know JACK!

  8. Guy February 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Yes would love to go and hear these cats live

  9. David K. Gilroy February 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    There is the electric version and the acoustic version. Hot Tuna is amazing and filled with talent. I would so love to see them live!

  10. Cynthia Lang February 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Been listening to them for years…would be great to finally see them live

  11. dana r February 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    this would be a great show to check out. such iconic talent !

  12. Kevin S. February 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Would love to see them again!

  13. Yvonne February 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

    Hot tuna
    Oh hot tuna
    So many years
    Have passed
    Since I have been graced
    With those tunes.

    Oh please.

  14. Tony February 15, 2017 at 12:52 am #

    Their riffs are second to none!

  15. Tom P February 15, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Not too many entries. A good chance to win and see Hot Tuna at the Alladin!

  16. Brian February 15, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Haven’t seen them in ages!

  17. Kathy Rankin February 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    I’d like to win ticketst to this show to revisit the Alladin as I haven’t been there in a real long time and to see Hot Tuna, a friend took me to see them at this same venue and now I would like to pay it forward and take him to the show! What a great way to share a musical friendship, right?

  18. Terry Smith February 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Get some Jorma add some Jack put it in the Aladdin mix with long time enthusiastic fan …like me… you get HOT TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE!!

  19. Joseph February 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Need want must have tuna!

  20. Brian February 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    These guys are so classic and classy, I would love to go!

  21. rick shattil February 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    these two guys came over to jam ar my college apt after their jeff airplane gig in 1967 !!!!!!omg !! 50 yrs ago !!! i wanna say hello again !!!!!!

  22. ira steinberg February 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    We would love to see Tuna and with a bit of luck we will. Thanks.

  23. Dave G. February 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Free tix to Hot Tuna? Sounds fishy to me …

  24. jazzdad February 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    I need me some Hot Tuna!

  25. Jo February 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Sounds like it will be a great event! We are always up for something different to do and experience here in Portland.

  26. Danielle February 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    I think this would be a great show.

  27. Ron T February 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    Albacore…, I mean Encore, Encore!! Love the music and would like to see the show.
    Please pick me.

  28. Robert February 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  29. Dan Korpenfelt February 17, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    I like Hot Tuna

  30. Jo February 17, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    Would Love me some HOT Tuna tickets!!!

  31. Richard Zitzmann February 18, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    What’s that smell like Hot Tuna, oh baby!
    Would love a chance to these fine fellas again.

  32. keith February 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    I have never seen Hot Tuna nor have I had the opportunity, my sister turned me on to them when i was a kid in the early 70’s & i bought a couple of 8- track tape’s & loved there jamming style of Improv. & Sad That papa John Creach {r.i.p.} isn’t with them. this would be a awesome guitar lesson in Acoustic / electric folk rock.

  33. Roger February 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    This would be & awesome memorable event ,since i have never seen Hot Tuna & I remember having a few of there lp’s waaaay back , like 73 & 1974 {Burgers} & {First pull up then pull down} & {Yellow fever} what & opportunity to go since the show is sold ! Definately could use a Hot Tuna sandwich Right now !

  34. Elizabeth February 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi There, My Husband is a Hot Tuna Guy has several of there lp’s I don’t think he know’s there playing & The show is sold out, also his Birthday is in a few weeks it would be fun to hook him up & bake him a Hot Tuna cake L.O.L.

  35. Something Fishy Blues Dude February 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    I’ve never seen these guys, but have a bunch of their albums on vinyl. Nerd alert! I might be the youngest person in attendance, but that won’t stop me. Why should it?

  36. Janet January 19, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    It would be fantastic to attend this!

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