For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
Meet the Band
- Emilio Castillo - Second Tenor Sax, Background & Lead Vocals
- Stephen "DOC" Kupka - Baritone Saxophone
- Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass Guitar
- David Garibaldi - Drums
- Roger Smith - Keyboards, Background Vocals
- Tome E. Pollitzer - First Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
- Adolfo Acosta - Second Trumpet, Flugelhorn
- Jerry Cortez - Guitar, Vocals
- Sal Cracciolo - Trumpet
- Ray Greene - Lead & Background Vocals
WELCOME BACK DG!
David Garibaldi Returns To The Drum Throne After Hip Replacement Surgery
“At long last it’s time to celebrate the triumphant return of David Garibaldi to his “drum throne” with Tower of Power. He’s been out for the better part of 2015, having had two hip replacement surgeries, and he’s finally recovered and is ready to take back the drum chair as only he can do.
I myself am elated that he’s recovered so well and I’m excited to have him back there kickin’ us all in the butt with his “one of a kind” unique style of drumming. He is the owner of the Tower of Power drum chair; always has been and always will be. I want to personally thank Herman Matthews for absolutely killin’ it while filling in for DG the last nine months. We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful job you did all throughout this year and for the laughter and fun we shared along the way. You will always be “Tower Family” and we love you with all our hearts.
Thanks to all our fans for supporting all of us and helping us through this difficult time and now “Let the games begin”!!!!”
Emilio Castillo – Bandleader for Tower of Power
Thank You To Herman Matthews
The Hermanator kept it tight and funky filling in for Dave for most of 2015. Fantastic Job!!
|European Tour||Nov 29 to 12-20|
|New York, NY||Dec 30|
|New Year's Eve, Hartford, CT||Dec 31|
|Oakland, CA||Jan 8-13|
|Agora Hills, CA||Jan 15|
|Solana Beach, CA||Jan 16|
|San Juan Capistrano, CA||Jan 17|
|Seattle, WA||Jan 21-24|
|Bremerton, Wa||Jan 26|
|Grand Ronde, OR||Jan 30|
BUMP CITY WINE COMPANY Releases "BUMP CITY RED"
Roger Smith and the Bump City Wine Company recently hosted the inaugural release and tasting of BUMP CITY RED.
Tower of Power keyboardist Roger Smith has incorporated his lifelong passion for music and wine by celebrating with his inaugural release of BUMP CITY RED, a select RED BLEND from the premier Sonoma, California wine region.
Since 2008, Roger Smith and his longtime friend and business partner, Mike Smolich, have been making wine under the "Four Couples, Eight Friends" and "Jazz Rosco" labels. Their mutual love for sharing their wine with friends inspired them to open BUMP CITY WINE CO.
Our Sonoma County red blend seeks a harmony of varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Grown in Sonoma and Mendocino County from lots specifically hand-selected by our winemaker Carolyn Craig for their quality and character.
The ripened grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed with a portion of the whole berries left intact, fermented with inoculated yeasts, and pumped over daily. After completion of fermentation, the wine received a short extended maceration and was gently pressed. Malolactic fermentation followed pressing and the wine was then transferred to French and American oak barrels for aging. The wine was then racked multiple times, yielding a delicate balance of silky fruit and oak complexity.
Bump City Wine is custom crushed at Larson Family Winery, Sonoma, CA.
This Sonoma County red is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, cedar and plum give way to soft red fruit, blackberry, cherry and currants with soft tannins, dark mocha, cranberry, vanilla and hints of fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy with BBQ, pasta, and pizza.
- Roger Smith
Larson Family Winery
23355 Millerick Rd.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Newly Released CD: Hipper Than Hip"
On May 14, 1974, Tower of Power went to radio station WLIR in Hempstead, Long Island and played a live-in-the-studio show that set the station ablaze as well as the radios of any listeners that were lucky enough to hear it.
Flash forward nearly 40 years. On a whim, a tape collector sends us the show, saying that of his 10,000-plus recordings of live concerts, this set was his favorite. Well, people send us stuff all the time; but within about five minutes of listening to this show, we know we HAVE to find a way to expose the record-buying public to this performance. So, fingers crossed, we send it to the band, and much to our delight, they agree with us. In the words of Emilio Castillo, founding member and leader of Tower of Power: "We were clearly at the top of our game firing on all 10 cylinders."
Check out David Garibaldi's New Drumming APP, The Code Of Funk
David Garibaldi's modern educational classic returns as an interactive, play-along app experience for drummers!
Using the original backing tracks from Tower of Power's 2008 release The Oakland Zone, The Code of Funk breaks down the elements that have made Garibaldi's funky, linear, syncopated style a touchstone for drummers around the world for decades.
Use the built in mixing console to design the perfect track to assist your study, isolating subtleties or removing the drums entirely when you're ready to replace them.
Talk downs of each drum part are included, as well as detailed transcriptions of all tunes. Lead sheets have been included for all tracks -- written by David, exclusive to the app -- giving you a bird's eye view of each tune.
What are you waiting for? Get The Code of Funk, and get funky!
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