Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jefferson Starship lands Saturday at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs Casino is proud to welcome legendary group Jefferson Starship this Saturday, March 26th for two shows at 7pm and 9pm.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Tioga Downs Gift Shop or online at Ticketmaster by clicking here

The group is celebrating its 40th anniversary on its current tour.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin wrote this story previewing the concerts in Thursday's newspaper:

Jefferson Starship, the band formed from remnants of the seminal San Francisco 1960s group Jefferson Airplane, will bring more than 40 years of its science fiction-influenced rock for two shows Saturday at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols.

Led by Paul Kantner, who co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Marty Balin in 1965, Jefferson Starship carries a long rock pedigree.

After Jefferson Airplane broke up in the early 1970s, Kantner recorded a science fiction concept album, "Blows Against the Empire," which included performances by an all-star lineup: Jefferson Airplane bandmates Grace Slick, Jack Casady and David Freiberg, the Grateful Dead's Micky Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Jerry Garcia, and singers David Crosby and Graham Nash, among others.

Kantner dubbed the group Jefferson Starship, and used that name for his touring band when they took the material on the road.

The band performed with a shuffling lineup, which included, at times, Slick, Freiberg, Balin and Papa John Creach, until the early 1980s.

Among the music it created was "Light the Sky on Fire" for the oft-lampooned "Star Wars Holiday Special."

Their hits include the Freiberg-penned "Jane," "Miracles," "Count on Me" and "Runaway."

Kantner left the band in 1984, and an offshoot continued to perform as Starship.

Kantner reorganized Jefferson Starship in the 1990s.

The current lineup includes Kantner, Freiberg, guitarist Mark Aguilar, drummer Donny Baldwin, keyboardist Chris Smith and singer Cathy Richardson.

Aguilar has played with Crosby and K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Baldwin was drummer for the Jerry Garcia Band and Smith has toured with the Supremes and Lou Bega.

Among Richardson's endeavors was performing the music of Janice Joplin with members of another early San Francisco rock band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.