Melding pure, unrefined passion, joy, unquantifiable heartbreak and unimaginable loss into transcendental musical tapestries that amaze and inspire is just one characteristic of the blues.
Another is the extraordinary ability among true blues players to somehow translate all of this, while adding their own personalities via unforgettable notes, into licks and chords that tug at your heartstrings and simply do not let go, conjuring a whirlwind of visions and memories and that unidentifiable something that resides deep, deep within your very being and immediately transforming this all into raw and visceral emotions as varied and colorful as a collapsing rainbow, the hot amplifier an electric, aural prism.
The torturous beauty of the blues also possesses that magical ability to soothe the soul, erasing pain and worry, and like some melodic magnet, draw those feet out from beneath listeners’ tables or seats, and out onto the floor of the gig’s venue, to express themselves in the only ways they truly know how—tapping and kicking and leaping and dancing along.
Jorma Kaukonen is a blues-folk-rock master, and his guitar might as well be his second mouth, because the blizzard of tones and notes and colors that jump from those frets, traveling through its cable and materialize like lightning out of his amp to explode across our synapses speak in some universal tongue that resonates with all who hear them.
Whether it’s the eternal sonic tattoos he’s etched with Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, or his own legendary works, the man is a virtuoso, and his gig at The Space at Westbury on April 13 is not just a must-attend show due to all the aforementioned, it’s also a not-to-be-missed show because of its additionally extraordinary purpose.
This intimate evening with such a phenomenal blues-folk-rock guitar god will benefit nonprofit Long Island Autism Communities! Besides the mind-bending music, there will be live auctions featuring autographed items donated by Jorma Kaukonen himself—including an autographed guitar and weekend at his family’s renowned Fur Peach Ranch!
Kaukonen will also be sharing personal stories from his legendary career!
This exclusive event combining the blues and a fantastic cause exemplifies the true spirit of music, and in utilizing his many gifts to help so many others, this true legend elevates the art form and helps spread its very essence and meaning. Come and enjoy the tunes and lend your support to this all-important cause!