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RHYTHM & BLUES LEGENDS
TOWER OF POWER
50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
TUESDAY MARCH 27, 2018
London, ON – FEBRUARY 22 2018 - The London Bluesfest proudly presents Tower of Power, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Centennial Hall. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10am at the Centennial Hall Box Office.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:00am in person at the Centennial Hall Box Office, online at
or by phone 519.672.1967
$60.00 (including HST), plus facility fees and $1.00 donation to MusiCounts
For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in Rhythm and Blues music. But, as group co-founder Emilio Castillo says, they could have had a much different name.
“We were a Soul band called The Motowns.” He recalls. "Rocco Prestia was the bass player, I was in there, and my brother was the drummer. I met Doc Kupka at the Alameda County Fair over the Fourth of July weekend back in 1968, and gave him an audition. He came into the band, and we eventually changed our name to the Tower of Power.” The reason for the band name change was that they had a specific goal in mind.
“We wanted to get into the Fillmore Auditorium and with a name like the Motowns, dressed in suits with razor cuts, we knew we’d never get in there. We grew our hair long, and started to be hippies, and changed our name. Doc then suggested to me that we should start writing our own songs. Our first song was ‘You’re Still A Young Man.”
Their first record, East Bay Grease, helped to define the East Bay sound, and did well enough to warrant a recording contract with Warner Brothers. Bump City, their 1972 debut for the label, was a hit on both the Billboard 200 and the chart’s R&B Albums chart, and netted them the hits “You’re Still A Young Man” and “Down To The Nightclub.” The decade of the 1970s were a boom period for the group, who hit with radio classics like “So Very Hard To Go” and “What Is Hip?” and the band has continued to tour and record over the years with their latest project Hipper Than Hip being a live flash back to their 1974 tour. hippie wedding dresses
In 2017, Tower of Power will be on the road – a lot – as usual. TOP consistently plays over 200 nights a year, touring the world. Bringing their music to Europe and Japan each year, criss-crossing the US with an occasional trip to Australia and New Zealand, taking the TOP message is their life's work.
Fans that come out to see Tower of Power this year will get a look at their brand new lead singer, Marcus Scott. Castillo says he’s a perfect fit. “It’s phenomenal. Most bands lose their singer, and it’s over. But, we’ve changed singers and other players so many times, the fans actually get excited about who’s next.” he said, as the band has had over forty members throughout their history.
When asked to describe the band's music, the group members give a variety of responses. Says Emilio, “What Tower plays is Oakland soul music.” Former Tower saxophonist Lenny Pickett, current 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.
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