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, tenor saxophone
Stephen “Doc” Kupka, baritone saxophone
Francis “Rocco” Prestia, bass
David Garibaldi, drums
Larry Braggs, vocals
Roger Smith, keyboards
Tom E. Politzer, tenor saxophone
Adolfo Acosta, trumpet
Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet
Jerry Cortez, guitar
Tower of Power began performing in August 1968, and they quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting elements of the burgeoning “San Francisco Sound.” After releasing one record on Bill Graham’s San Francisco records, they made the jump to Warner Brothers and by 1972 were on the national scene. The 1970s saw the band release a string of memorable records and hits that still resonate with audiences today. Tower has released a total of 19 albums, and its members have appeared on hundreds of recordings with artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others.
Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording, and this tireless work ethic translates to every live show they play. They are one of the hardest working bands in music, and this is a great opportunity to see them up close and personal!
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“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