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Hot Tuna to play New Ute Events Center in Rifle

Ryan Hoffman
rhoffman@citizentelegram.com
Jack Casady, left, and Jorma Kaukonen, core members of Hot Tuna, come to Rifle Tuesday.
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Electric Hot Tuna

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12

Where: Rifle’s New Ute Events Center, 132 E. Fourth St.

It’s not everyday a pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees roll into Rifle for a performance, which partially explains the buzz surrounding the upcoming Electric Hot Tuna show Tuesday at the New Ute Events Center.

The duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, original members of Jefferson Airplane, will be joined by drummer Justin Guip for an electric show bringing some of the best blues music to Rifle.

The performance is just one of two upcoming shows in all of Colorado — making it a rare chance to catch a nationally known band with fans across the country.



“We have people coming in from as far as Utah and Front Range,” said Josh Behrman of Brownsville Presents, a concert, festival and event production company based in Aspen.

With nearly half a decade together, Hot Tuna has undergone a number of variations, both in style — alternating between acoustic and electric — and members. However, with Kaukonen and Casady constantly remaining at the band’s core, Hot Tuna is going just as strong as ever.

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“It’s just a rare opportunity to see two of the best,” Behrman said.

Tickets are still available for the show. They range in price from $35 to $40.

The concert is slated to start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


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