News & Updates


On behalf of Tower of Power I send condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Pino Daniele who passed away on Jan. 4th. Pino was a great musician and recording artist in Italy and Tower was blessed to have backed him up in concert in Rome in the early 90’s. He was a fan of our band and sought us out and brought us to Rome to play behind him in concert there. That trip is one of my fondest memories from the road. He was a sweet soul, very humble, and he and his manager were most gracious to us. We’re thankful to have had that exciting time with him.”

Emilio Castillo – Bandleader for Tower of Power


"Tower of Power offers condolences to all the family, friends, touring musicians, and technicians of Joe Cocker.
Over the years many Tower musicians and friends were blessed to play with Joe including our beloved keyboardist for over 10 years Nick Milo. Joe was always spoken of as a great boss and wonderful person to work with. He made a huge impact on the music industry and will be greatly missed. A true Soul man!!!"

Emilio Castillo - Bandleader for Tower of Power


We would like to let you know that Rocco Prestia has had his kidney transplant surgery. Both he and his donor are doing well and early reports indicate that the surgery has been successful

We will keep you updated on his progress when there is more to report.

A fund has been started to assist with the costs of his kidney transplant. In order to help with the medical expenses that will not be covered by insurance a medical fund, The "HELP ROCCO FUND" has been established. Please consider making a donation so that we can help Rocco to continuing to play Live And In Living Color for many more years to come.

Donations can be made on the web through PayPal, or by regular mail by sending a check. You can donate through Paypal even if you are not a paypal member.Please click on the link below which will take you to the PayPal page that has been set up for Rocco.


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
(707) 938-3031