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Still 'Hot'

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been making music together for nearly 50 years.

Let that sink in.

In a business where allegiances are formed and broken in the blink of an eye, Kaukonen and Casady have proven themselves built to last. From their earliest days as folkies, into their late-1960s psychedelic-rock period with Jefferson Airplane -- not so coincidentally, the most vibrant and lasting phase of that band's tenure -- and straight through the career of jam-blues juggernaut Hot Tuna, which is now in the area of 40 years old itself, the two musicians have plowed a fertile roots-blues-improv furrow.

The current touring version of Electric Hot Tuna features Kaukonen, Casady, guitarist G.E. Smith (last seen in Buffalo as part of Roger Waters "The Wall" band), mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff and drummer Skoota Warner.

On Wednesday, the Tuna troupe will preside over its own blues festival inside UB's Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre, where Kaukonen, Casady and Co. will be joined by the blues harp deity Charlie Musselwhite and virtuoso bluegrass/roots musician and songwriter Jim Lauderdale, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This one just can't miss.

Tickets are $39 and can be purchased via www.ubcfa.org.

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