Hot Tuna at the El Rey Theater

Hot Tuna (The Electric Trio) played the El Rey Theater on February 18 with David Bromberg opening. Hot Tuna began as a side project by Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen (Guitar/Vocals) and Jack Casady (Bass). The groups early years also included Marty Balin, Joey Covington, and Papa John Creach, all of Jefferson Airplane fame. Once Jefferson Airplane ended Hot Tuna continued and the rest of the group formed Jefferson Starship.  For fifty years Hot Tuna has had a number of lineup changes but has always consisted of Kaukonen and Casady. With the passing of Paul Kantner, Signe Toly Anderson, and Marty Balin in the last four years, Kaukonen and Casady are the last living founding members of Jefferson Airplane still touring since Grace Slick has been long retired from music.

In less than a decade together, Jefferson Airplane (with Kaukonen and Casady) released seven albums. Jefferson Airplane were a headliner of the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), the first Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K. (1968) Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). In 1996  Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Like the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers, Hot Tuna plays a different setlist each night. For the Los Angeles show, Hot Tuna opened with Kaukonen’s "Been So Long," and played a total of 14 songs. The set also included one Jefferson Airplane song ("Good Shepherd") originals, and covers of Blues legends like Muddy Waters, Bobby Rush, Son House, B.B. King, and Jimmy Reed. Hot Tuna closed the set with Funk #7 followed by a song encore of Hit Single # 1. It’s always an honor to see these two legends on stage together as they’ve influenced a number of generations of musicians.

Hot Tuna has dates booked around the West Coast through April 10th and East Coast dates during the summer.


1. Been So Long- Jorma Kaukonen

2. Living Just For You

3. Talkin’ Bout’ You

4. Ode To Billy Dean

5. Hesitation Blues- Traditional

6. Roads and Roads &- Jorma Kaukonen

7. Can’t Get Satisfied- Muddy Waters

8. Bowlegged Woman, Knock Kneed Man- Bobby Rush

9. Trial By Fire- Jefferson Airplane

10. Sea Child

11. Walkin’ Blues- Son House

12. Good Shepherd- Jefferson Airplane

13. Funky #7


14.Hit Single # 1