Legendary Performers Hot Tuna, Leon Russell to Play Lebanon Opera House

LEBANON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Coming to the Lebanon Opera House on Tuesday, June 17 are music legends (and frequent visitors to LOH) Acoustic Hot Tuna, featuring original members of the Jefferson Airplane and also members of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. Opening the show is another legendary performer, Leon Russell.

Casady and Kaukonen have maintained a strong musical bond since their days as teenagers, before the guitarist Kaukonen was asked to audition for a new band emerging from the San Francisco scene in the mid-1960’s, The Jefferson Airplane. His bassist-friend Casady would join shortly thereafter as The Jefferson Airplane would evolve into one of the most important bands of the psychedelic-rock era.

During their tenure in The Airplane, the duo remained very interested in their blues, jazz and bluegrass roots, performing in small Bay Area clubs and often times, opening shows for Airplane. The word got around, Hot Tuna scored a recording contract and here they are, more than 35 years later and still going strong. In recent years, Hot Tuna have been accompanied by bluegrass-Celtic-folk mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff.

Opening the show is the equally legendary singer/songwriter/pianist/producer Leon Russell, known as one of the most influential artists of the last 50 years. Playing for audiences since the tender age of 14, then going out on the road opening for Jerry Lee Lewis after high school, Leon wound up in Hollywood (at 17) and went on to become a top studio-session player, performer and producer.

Over the years, Leon’s songs have been covered by such artists as B. B. King, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and The Carpenters and in 2010, released a duet album with Sir Elton John titled The Union. Leon and Elton also toured together and the album’s single, “If It Wasn’t For Bad,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “best pop collaboration with vocals.”

Seats for this incredible double-bill start at $34 and tickets can be purchased at the Lebanon Opera House box office or by phone at 603.448.0400. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.lebanonoperahouse.org. Photos courtesy of The Lebanon Opera House