In 1973, Jefferson Starship recorded their first album, Dragon Fly, which hit gold within 6 months, followed by the best-selling album of their career, Red Octopus, and then the platinum-selling albums Spitfire and Earth. Chaquico, who was just a teenager in 1973, became a central figure in the band, playing lead guitar on all of Jefferson Starship and Starship’s hits from 1973 to 1990 including “Miracles,” “We Built This City,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” and developing into one of their main songwriters. At the time, Rolling Stone magazine remarked that “the emergence of guitarist Craig Chaquico [has] resulted in the finest music since the heyday of the Haight.” Craig wrote or cowrote some of the bands’ most memorable songs such as “Find Your Way Back,” “Jane,” “Layin’ it on the Line,” and “Fast Buck Freddie.”
After finding himself at the top of the national charts in each of three consecutive decades, Craig left the fast-paced pop world of arena rock and reinvented himself as a top-selling contemporary jazz guitarist. In 1993, he released his first solo album of contemporary instrumental music, Acoustic Highway, which hit #1 on the Billboard charts and was named by that publication as the “Independent New Age Album of the Year.” His next album, Acoustic Planet, was #1 on the Billboard charts and nominated for a Grammy award. In addition, he earned a spot on Jazziz Magazine’s list of Top 100 Most Influential Jazz Guitarists of All Time. Craig has been on the top of the charts now for over 40 years, with the most recent release of his first blues album, Fire Red Moon, which debuted at #15 on Billboard’s National Blues Chart.
Tonight, Craig and his band will open the show with top hits from his contemporary jazz era such as “Cafe Carnival,” “Acoustic Highway,” and “Return of the Eagle.” And then during the second set…for the first time since 1978, Craig will reunite with his fellow original founding members of Jefferson Starship, songwriter, bass and keyboard master, Pete Sears and the band’s original drummer, Johny Barbata (also of Jefferson Airplane, the Turtles and Crosby, Stills and Nash). This will be the first time this dynamic trio has played together since an audience riot erupted in Lorelei, Germany, during a European Tour of the band when Grace Slick was too ill to perform and the show was cancelled! You will be a witness to this historic reunion and the decades of combined musicianship that these brilliant artists have to offer both individually and collectively. They will be supported on vocals by powerfully talented, national touring artists, Jesse Bradman and Joan Burton.