‘Hot Tuna Blues’ at Center for the Arts This Weekend

Posted: February 16, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: February 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The founding members of Hot Tuna join forces with other great musical talents to celebrate a fascinating musical odyssey that has spanned more than 40 years. From their early days playing together in Washington, D.C., to their years with Jefferson Airplane, to their current acoustic and electric blues music, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have always been an important part of the American music scene.

The duo formed Hot Tuna as a side project in 1970 to explore their passion for blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk, combining Kaukonen’s talent for finger-picking guitar with Casady’s interest in the electric bass.

Hot Tuna will appear with blues icon Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and guitar along with two-time Grammy winner John Lauderdale, an Americana and bluegrass guitarist, for a program titled “Hot Tuna Blues” at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $22, $36 and $44; tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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