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Hot Tuna Returns to the State Theatre

by on July 08, 2015 3:45 PM

Hot Tuna will return to State College this summer.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, July 17, Hot Tuna will perform at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.

This time, however, Hot Tuna will return with a full electric band. For more than four decades, Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady) has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. And Hot Tuna is still going strong — some would say stronger than ever.

In the mid-1960s Jorma Kaukonen was invited to play in a rock'n'roll band that was forming in San Francisco; he knew just the guy to play bass and summoned his old friend from back east, Jack Casady. The striking signature guitar and bass riffs in the now-legendary songs by the Jefferson Airplane were the result.

The half-decade foray into 1960s San Francisco rock music was for Jack and Jorma an additional destination, not the final one. The duo did not go unnoticed and soon there was a record contract and not long afterwards a tour. Thus began a career that would result in more than two-dozen albums, thousands of concerts around the world, and continued popularity.

The Brother's Comatose will be opening up for Hot Tuna. The Brother Comatose will be visiting all the way from San Francisco. State College native Phillip Brezina adds some high energy fiddle playing to this 5-piece string band.

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose.

Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere four years.

With accompanists Phil Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience-engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Silk Hope, N.C. and beyond. In home turf Northern California they sell out shows in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Petaluma and are booked at the enormous Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this August.

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