By on January 31, 2013


One of music’s most renowned soul/funk bands, Tower of Power, has announced a 25-city tour beginning with a five-night run in their hometown of Oakland, California on January 29.

Since its formation in 1968, Tower of Power (TOP) has never failed to tour bringing their unique blend of R&B, funk and an outstanding horn section to the masses. The current line-up features group founder Emilio Castillo, Stephen (“Doc”) Kupka, Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Roger Smith, Tom E. Politzer, Adolfo Acosta, Jerry Cortez and Sal Cracchiolo.

The band’s sophomore album, Bump City, produced a string of what would become classic hits including “You’re Still a Young Man” and “What Is Hip?”. TOP has released a total of 26 albums over the last 45 years including live albums and greatest hits collections. Tower of Power has lent their musicianship to some of pop/rock’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Toto, David Sanborn and numerous others.

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Jan. 29 – Feb. 3 Oakland CA Yoshi’s
Feb. 21- 24 Seattle WA Jazz Alley
March 20 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads
March 22 Milwaukee WI Northern Lights Theatre – Potawatomi Casino
March 23 St. Charles IL The Arcada Theatre
April 12 Nashville TN War Memorial Auditorium
April 20 Live Oak FL Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (2nd Stage)
April 21 Panama City Beach FL 2013 Seabreeze Jazz Festival
April 25 New York City NY BB Kings
April 26 Glenside  PA Keswick Theatre
April 27 Waterbury CT Palace Theater
April 28 New York City NY BB Kings
May 10 New Buffalo MI Four Winds Casino-Silver Creek Event Center
May 11 Cleveland  OH Public Hall at Cleveland Convention Center
May 25 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre
June 11-12 San Mateo CA San Mateo County Fair
June 15 Brooks CA Club 88 @ Cache Creek
June 21-23 Las Vegas NV South Point Hotel & Casino
August 3 Vallejo CA Solano County Fair (Concert Arena)
August 18 Snoqualmie WA Snoqualmie Casino
August 30 Monterey CA Monterey County Fair (Garden Stage)
September 13 Pomona CA LA County Fair
September 14 San Diego CA Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
October 15 Puerto Vallarta  MEX Holland America ms Westerdam Cruise Ship
October 25-27 Las Vegas NV South Point Hotel & Casino

Tower of Power’s musical odyssey began in 1968 when tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met baritone sax player Stephen “Doc” Kupka in July of that year. Originally named The Motowns, the guys paid homage to the R&B sound that influenced them while adding their own personal twist. In 1970, the now renamed Tower of Power landed its first record deal with Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records. Their next album, Bump City, was recorded on Warner Brothers and produced a string of hits giving the band its first national exposure. At least 60 talented musicians have toured or recorded with the band in its 45 years and they’ve been utilized by 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. 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 Concert DVD. Tower has never been busier or more in demand.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.