Hot Tuna members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, aka Hot Tuna, will appear on the next American Strings program, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University and the Majestic Theatre.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St.

Kaukonen and Casady, friends since childhood, were founding members of the psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane. Hot Tuna was initially started in 1969 as a side project to keep Kaukonen and Casady playing music during a period while Airplane bandmate Grace Slick was on vocal rest. 

Now, more than 50 years later, Hot Tuna has recorded two dozen albums, played thousands of concerts around the world and experienced a legendary career that includes many well-known guest artists.

Hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, each American Strings program is comprised of a conversation, audience Q&A, and performance, making for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to appreciate and know better the great American music tradition.

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. They are available online at and at the Majestic Theatre box office.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

Story By: 

Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, [email protected]


Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, [email protected]


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