Fairfield Theatre Company Brings a Bit of the 60’s to Their New Venue at the Norwalk Concert Hall

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Watch the North Wind Rise as Hot Tuna Performs their Acoustic Show at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Newest Venue, the Norwalk Concert Hall, on June 22nd.

From their days playing together as teenagers, to their current acoustic tour, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and core members of the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna, have consistently led American music for the past 50 years and will perform the inaugural performance at Fairfield Theatre Company’s newest venue, the Norwalk Concert Hall, on Saturday June 22nd at 8 p.m.

As members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the duo began playing together while growing up in the Washington D.C. area. In the mid 1960’s, Jorma was asked to audition to play guitar for a new band that was forming in San Francisco. Though an acoustic player at heart, he grew interested in the electronic gadgetry that was beginning to make an appearance in the popular music scene, particularly in a primitive processor brought to the audition by the late Ken Kesey. Jorma, who decided to join the band soon summoned his friend from Washington, and created the unique sound which was The Jefferson Airplane.

With Jack Casady’s experience as a lead guitarist, his style of bass playing then took the instrument far beyond its traditional role. Playing together outside of the 60’s acid rock sound that was the Jefferson Airplane, the two began working up a set of folk songs to perform at clubs in the Bay Area. Remaining loyal to their roots of blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk influences they had learned from the years before Jefferson Airplane, the two would put together the soundtrack of a generation, before they even decided on a name.

Since then, Jorma and Jack have soared on a musical odyssey for over five decades, finding new and interesting paths and turns along the way. As any early Hot Tuna fan will mention, the band that once was growing louder and louder during an era in which volume often trumped musicianship, has now come full circle focusing on each part equally. Rolling Stone Magazine named Jorma as one of the top guitarists of all time, while Jack is considered one of today’s most innovative electric bass players, having played with such legends as Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.

Jorma and Jack certainly couldn't have imagined where playing would take them when they were just kids. It's been a long and fascinating road to many exciting destinations, and two things have never changed; both still love to play as much as they did as kids. There are still many exciting miles to travel on their musical odyssey, which now includes a stop, thanks in part to Fairfield Theatre Company, to the Norwalk Concert Hall.

Hot Tuna
Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Venue: the Norwalk Concert Hall 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Tickets: $27 - $47 Members Discount $2, $3, $4 per ticket
Buy tickets: Box Office: 203.259.1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org

About the company:

Fairfield Theatre Company is a highly-acclaimed nonprofit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. FTC presents nearly 200 performances and concerts each year featuring outstanding national talent on FTC’s StageOne in Fairfield, The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, and the Norwalk Concert Hall in Norwalk. FTC’s intimate 200-seat StageOne venue is widely recognized as being one of the best places to see a live performance in the region. FTC is dedicated to providing the highest quality arts, entertainment, and educational experiences to the communities we serve.

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