News & Updates


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!!



B.B. King

1925 - 2015
May The King Of The Blues Rest In Peace

"BB King is a man who gave all of himself every night on and off the stage. He’s been my role model as an artist for nearly 50 years.

When I was 16 years old I watched him perform at Frenchy’s in Hayward, CA and after the show he spoke to a few of us for nearly 3 hours till the sun was coming up. We couldn’t believe he would take all that time to answer any question we had about music and performing.

I sent my wife and kids to see him perform last year and afterwards they went backstage and he signed my son’s guitar and albums and spoke to them for nearly 2 hours. He was one of the most generous and gifted artists that ever lived and I’m indebted to him forever.”

Emilio Castillo – Bandleader for Tower of Power

"Thank you B.B. King for all of the love and joy you have brought to millions. I never got to meet the man, but I have heard countless stories about what a fine gentleman he was to everyone he ever met. I had the pleasure of seeing B.B. King perform in the late 70's.

What I remember most about the show is hearing one of the most impressive guitar solos I have ever heard live. B.B. played a slow blues solo that completely floored me. What was so memorable about the solo, besides it being dripping with soul was that he played the same five notes within the same register on the guitar, he took his sweet time about it, and never repeated himself. Over the years I have used what I learned from witnessing and hearing that solo to teach my students about the virtues of "less is more" when improvising.

I continue to teach the lesson because I'm the one who needs it most."

Jerry Cortez - Guitarist for Tower Of Power

Above Photo, Brian Rachlin


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