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Electric Hot Tuna- Live at the Filmore

Electric Hot Tuna- Live at the Filmore
Executive Producers: Hot Tuna, Guitar Workshops/ Vestapol
Produced & Directed by Jesse Block
Production period: 1994-1995

Hot Tuna- Fillmore DVD
Following up on the previous Sweetwater production with Hot Tuna, the Octalouie team decided to create another production with their friends Hot Tuna as they returned for a special homecoming at the Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Just as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley. Little Richard, and countless others put the spin on blues music to create rock and roll, Hot Tuna returned the favor, going electric for this very special show. Like the Sweetwater program, this program is also available on DVD.

Hot Tuna- 25 Years & Runnin’ / Live at Sweetwater

Hot Tuna- 25 Years & Runnin’ / Live at Sweetwater
Executive Producers: Hot Tuna, KQED-PBS
Produced & Directed by Jesse Block
Production period: 1992

Hot Tuna- Sweetwater DVDMany years before MTV utilized the “Unplugged” formula to showcase musical acts in acoustic settings, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady travelled a similar path, diverging from their respective roles in the Jefferson Airplane group to create an acoustic alternative that would be known as Hot Tuna. Exploring a twenty-five year legacy, this concert documentary is the first of two programs to focus on Hot Tuna, using the intimate Sweetwater Saloon of Mill Valley, California as a backdrop for their story. Octalouie director Jesse Block created this program back in 1992, utliizing Octalouie partner Eric Predoehl on handheld camera for this intimate portrait.

Produced in conjunction with San Francisco’s PBS affiliate station KQED, this program is widely available on DVD, VHS, 8-track, Super8 and zoetrope.

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Sweetwater Sessions

The Sweetwater Sessions

Executive Producers: John Goddard, and others…

Production period: 1990- 1993

The Sweetwater club in Mill Valley, California holds many sentimental memories for the Octalouie team. Brought in to document some of the great parties hosted by John Goddard of Village Music, the Octalouie team was honored to produce multi-camera videotapes of these historic musical events, beginning in 1990. Those that attended John’s legendary parties could hardly forget all the great performances by John Lee Hooker, NRBQ, Carlos Santana, Ry Cooder, Richard Berry, Little Jimmy Scott, Charles Brown, Albert Collins, Pop Staples, Ann Peebles, Blind Boys of Alabama, Carla Thomas, and many others. When Gillian Grissman decided to assemble a documentary on her father, David Grissman and old friend Jerry Garcia, she found some superb concert footage produced by the Octalouie team, and used it in her “GRATEFUL DAWG” feature documentary, which was released by Sony Pictures Classic.