As you all know Beverly had to cancel this event due to going out of town for a family situation. She had bought her ticket in advance and can't get a refund. If you were interested in going and haven't gotten a ticket yet, please let me know. I am trying to help her sell the ticket while she's done. I'll also post this on Craigslist, but want to give the groups first shot. FYI they are sold out for Saturday night at least.
Here are the details of the show:
Dec 14, 7:30pm show
Tower of Power Soul, 100 Proof, Aged-To-Perfection
Ticket Price: $40.00
East Bay soul band Tower of Power 4 nights, 8 eight shows. Band members include Emilio Castillo (tenor saxophone, vocals), Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (baritone saxophone), Rocco Prestia (bass), Adolfo Acosta (trumpet), Tom Politzer (saxophone), David Garibaldi (drums), Roger Smith (keyboards), Bruce Conte (guitar), Mike Bogart (trumpet) and Larry Brags (vocals).
With over 39 years of recording and touring experience behind them, Tower of Power still garners reviews calling them a "very contemporary sounding band." Melding jazz, funk, rock and soul in a way no group ever has, the ten-piece outfit is, as a recent Hollywood Reporter review called them "tighter than a clenched fist." Well known in the '70s for tunes such as "What is Hip?" and "You're Still a Young Man," Tower of Power toured with Sly Stone and Credence Clearwater Revival, creating traffic jams when they started to headline their own shows. They performed on records with the likes of Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart and Dionne Warwick, and influenced a generation of musicians (including Sting, who has told Emilio Castillo, founder of the group, that he once had a "Tower of Power clone band" before he formed The Police).
Tower of Power is experiencing a renaissance, touring most of every year and packing venues in the United States, Japan and all over Europe with its audience of new and old fans. On June 6, 2004 The California Music Association inducted Tower of Power with a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited their 2003 Sony Legacy anthology Havin' Fun as soul/R&B album of the year, beating out releases by En Vogue and Raphael Saadaq. It has been a long, hard road, but lately things just keep getting better and better.
It has always been difficult to describe TOP's music - even band members, when asked, give a myriad of responses. Says founder/saxophonist Emilio Castillo, "What Tower plays is soul music." Former Tower saxophonist Lenny Pickett, now musical director for the Saturday Night Live band says, "TOP is the world's best rhythm and blues band." In reality, TOP's horn-driven, in-your-face sound is all its own.