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Tower of Power
Legendary Funk and Soul Machine
- Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
Tower of Power listed in Star Tribune’s Big Gigs! “Tower of Power is usually the loudest and largest band to play the intimate space — and one of the funkiest. Co-founder Emilio Castillo has his well-drilled horn-driven band spreading the distinctive East Bay greasy funk with as much precision and spirit as when he started TOP 45 years ago. This is the last go-round for stylish vocalist Larry Braggs, who kills it on such ballads as “You’re Still a Young Man.”
About Tower of Power
Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of “Urban Soul Music” to audiences around the world. The band’s horn driven sound is unclassifiably cool, and they feature one of the funkiest rhythm sections alive. Amazingly, 5 of the ten current members of the band are founding members, something unheard of from most 40 year old bands.
Emilio Castillo – Band Leader/Tenor Saxophone
Stephen “Doc” Kupka – Baritone Saxophone
Francis “Rocco” Prestia – Bass Guitar
Dave Garibaldi – Drums
Tom Polizer – Tenor Saxophone
Adolfo Acosta – Trumpet / Flugal Horn
Marcus Scott – Lead Vocals
Sal Cracchiolo – Trumpet
Roger Smith – Keys
Jerry Cortez – Guitar
Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power’s big break was just around the corner.
After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.
Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.
Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.
Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and “Hipper Than Hip” a remstered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“There’s no group that plays my stuff as good as them.” – James Brown
“play as tight as a chain-link fence, with not a weak link in sight.” – London Jazz
“How refreshing to hear old-school R&B played by seasoned musicians on real instruments. Those horns, man. Whew! I couldn’t get enough of them.” -Dallas News