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Hot Tuna Returns To Ridgefield Playhouse

Hot Tuna will play The Ridgefield Playhouse Dec. 4.
Hot Tuna will play The Ridgefield Playhouse Dec. 4. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Hot Tuna, featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse at 8 p.m. Friday, performing an acoustic set of rootsy blues, folk and bluegrass.

The concert is part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity.

For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Jefferson Airplane founding members Casady and Kaukonen rock out together with smooth rhythms and peaceful vibes.

At the height of Jefferson Airplane's success in the late '60s, the band took a break from touring as lead singer Grace Slick recovered from vocal cord surgery. Eager to continue playing during the hiatus, several of the band's members began performing as Hot Tuna, covering blues classics alongside Jefferson Airplane favorites.

Eventually achieving its own identity with original material, Hot Tuna continued to be a powerful live force as the band that spawned it waned. The band's self-titled 1970 debut, a live recording of a show played in Berkeley, Calif., set the tone for a catalog dominated by live albums.

For tickets ($57), call 203-438-5795 or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Before the concert, visit Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave., for dinner and receive 10 percent off your bill when tickets are presented.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center at 80 E. Ridge Road, parallel to Main Street. For more information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org .

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