Musical powerhouse Tower of Power will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Steven Young Amphitheater.
Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include “Great American Soulbook,” a collection of classic soul tunes, and the 40th Anniversary CD/DVD. 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.
The current band is Emilio Castillo, band leader and tenor saxophone; Stephen “Doc” Kupka, baritone saxophone; Francis “Rocco” Prestia, bass guitar; David Garibaldi, drums; Tom Polizer, tenor saxophone; Adolfo Acosta, trumpet and flugal horn; Larry Braggs, lead vocals; Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet; Roger Smith, keyboards; and Jerry Cortez , guitar.
Tower’s musical odyssey began in 1968 when Castillo met Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Castillo’s house, Castillo’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.” Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on Aug. 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs and soon became very well-known in the Bay Area.
After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and recorded its first album, “East Bay Grease.” All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. The 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 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.
Tickets are $35 and available through ticketmaster.com. A portion of the proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County.
Due to the fact that this is a ticketed event, there will be no set-up on the grass area across the lake from the amphitheater and no lingering on the bridge. Security will be enforced. Seating is on a first-come bases and no chairs, blankets, tables, outside food and beverages or dogs are permitted. Attendees must be 21.
The concert is sponsored by Town Center, Bistro 33, Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills, the Von Housen Group and The Mansour Company.
For more information call Bistro 33 at (916) 358-3733.