In early December, 2010, Hot Tuna took the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theater to celebrate the 70th birthday of guitarist and Hot Tuna co-founder Jorma Kaukonen.
The two night event featured an all-star cast, anchored of course by the other co-founder of the group, bassist Jack Casady. The band was in their “electric” format, with mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff and drummer Skoota Warner.
But Casady wasn’t the only bassist on hand for the show. Oteil Burbridge (who does a scat solo) and Byron House also made an appearance as part of the impressive group of special guests.
The concerts were filmed by a small group in the audience, using hand-held cameras in standard definition. The videos were meant to be personal archive footage, but when the group reviewed them, they decided the performances were so good, they had to be released.
Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration captures performances from both nights, and is available directly from the band at their Fur Peace Ranch store.
The audio for these shows was released last year on iTunes.
Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration Track List:
- I See the Light
- If This Is Love (I Want My Money Back)
- I Can Tell
- Come Back Baby
- Water Song
- Been So Long
- Bowlegged Woman
- Walking Blues
- Hometown Blues
- 99 Year Blues
- Funky #7
- Baby What Do You Want Me To Do?
Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration Line-up:
Hot Tuna Electric:
- Jorma Kaukonen
- Jack Casady
- Barry Mitterhoff
- Skoota Warner
- Bob Steeler (drums)
- Oteil Burbridge (bass)
- Larry Campbell (multi-instrumentalist)
- Steve Earle (vocals, guitar)
- Michael Falzarano (guitar)
- John Hammond (guitar)
- Warren Haynes (guitar, vocals)
- Byron House (bass)
- Bill Kirchen (guitar)
- Pete Sears (keyboards)
- Bob Weir (guitar, vocals)