Mahaiwe adds to season lineup


GREAT BARRINGTON — Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has added Hot Tuna with special guest David Grisman Trio, and The Brubeck Brothers Quartet celebrating Dave Brubeck's birth centennial anniversary to its lineup.

Hot Tuna and Grisman Trio are scheduled 8 p.m. July 13; Brubeck Quartet 8 p.m. July 17.

"Hot Tuna with the David Grisman Trio is a show for fans of Americana roots music, blues, psychedelic guitar playing, and mandolin jam sessions. The evening will feature both electric and acoustic songs," Mahaiwe acting executive director Janis Martinson said in a news release.

"Dave Brubeck was one of the true grand masters and innovators of 20th century jazz. Who better to honor him than his sons, who are both outstanding musicians in their own rights."

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady founded Hot Tuna in 1969 as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days. Kaukonen is a leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar. Casady is known for having broadened the range and scope of electric bass playing. In 2016, the duo was honored at the Grammys with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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Mandolinist David Grisman began his career during the explosive folk and blues revival of the 1960s, working in the Even Dozen Jug Band before launching a career as a solo artist and a collaborator. His trio includes his son, Sam Grisman, on bass, and Texas-born banjoist Danny Barnes.

To celebrate the centennial year of Dave Brubeck's his life and legacy, hiss sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s, curate a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this quartet.

Drummer Dan Brubeck and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966. They've subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, performing at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

Tickets for both concerts go on sale to the general public at noon Friday.

Complete ticket information is available online at; by phone at 413-528-0100; or in person at the Mahaiwe box office at 14 Castle St. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and beginning three hours before show times.


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