Event Description

CRAIG CHAQUICO with Special Guests, John Barbata and Pete Sears: Founding Members of Original Jefferson Starship

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.

919 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 813-5600