Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Inbox Update: Tower of Power recording new album; seeking new lead singer

I enjoyed catching Tower of Power when they performed at NAMM earlier this year. The troupe's continuing journey continues; here is the latest media release on the band...

Tower of Power Gears Up for New Album in Celebration of 45th Anniversary

TOP Set for Fox & Friends All-American Concert Series August 16, 2013

Los Angeles, CA (July 9, 2013) – One of music’s most iconic soul/funk bands,Tower of Power, is set to record a brand new album in 2013 in celebration of the band’s 45th Anniversary.   Over the 45 year career, TOP’s unique sound has been heard in all corners of the world and continues with the recently announced “Up In Smoke” tour starring TOP, WAR, and Cheech & Chong.  At the present time, TOP is touring throughout Europe on their annual summer trek. You can even catch them on the Fox and Friends All American Concert Series on August 16th on the Fox News Channel. Check out more on the series here,Foxandfriends.com/concert.
“In my 45 years as bandleader for Tower of Power we have been blessed to tour with many gifted entertainers,” says founding member Emilio Castillo.  “As we move into our 45th year together I’m very excited to see where our music takes us this time around.”
As in any band, members of TOP have changed throughout the years.  2014 will be another transition year as lead singer Larry Braggs will move-on at the end of 2013.  “For most bands gaining or losing a lead singer can either make or break the band in the eyes of the fans but in our group there has been so many great ones that the fans are generally excited about who will be next. We have a unique signature sound that combines a “one of a kind” rhythm section with a world class horn section playing very eclectic original soul music. The job of the lead singer is to stir the soup as the band is cooking; while bringing his own distinctive flavor to the mixture. He’s the “Master of Ceremonies” on stage and a key ingredient to the excitement that’s generated nightly,” adds Castillo.
For all current information on Tower of Power, please visit www.towerofpower.com
For more information on Tower of Power’s global search for a new singer, please visit
2013 Tower of Power Tour Schedule 
(check for updates)
Jul 09 Gothenburg, Sweeden / Tradgarn
Jul 11 Paris, France / Zenith
Jul 13 Juan-Les-Pins, France / La Pinede
Jul 18 Tulock, CA / Stanislaus County Fair
Jul 26 Niigata Japan / Fuji Rock Festival
Jul 29-30 Tokyo, Japan / Blue Note Tokyo
Aug 03 Vallejo, CA / Solano County Fair (Concert Arena)
Aug 09 El Dorado Hills, CA / Steven Young Amphitheater
Aug 10 Sparks, NV / Hot August Nights
Aug 14 Westbury, NY / The Theater at Westbury*
Aug 15 Bethel, NY / Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
Aug 18 Snoqualmie, WA / Snoqualmie Casino
Aug 23 Atlanta, GA / Chastain Park Amphitheater*
Aug 28 Redding, CA / The Cascade Theater
Aug 29 Chico, CA / Laxson Auditorium
Aug 30 Monterey, CA / Monterey County Fair (Garden Stage)
Sep 01 Templeton, CA / Castoro Cellars
Sep 12 Tulare, CA / Tulare County Fair
Sep 13 Pomona, CA / LA County Fair
Sep 14 San Diego, CA / Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
Sep 26 Alexandria, VA / The Birchmere
Oct 15 Puerto Vallarta, MEX / Holland America Cruise - Ms. Westerdam
Oct 18 Jacksonville, FL / The Florida Theater
Oct 19 Clearwater, FL / Coachman Park
Oct 25-27 Las Vegas, NV / South Point Hotel & Casino
Nov 08 Newkirk, OK / First Council Casino*
Nov 09 Concho, OK / Lucky Star Casino*
Nov 11 Laughlin, NV / Harrah’s Fiesta
Dec 19 Highland, CA / San Manuel Indian Casino
Dec 28 San Jose, CA / San Jose Civic Auditorium
 * “Up In Smoke” Tour date

About Tower of Power:
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 Motown’s, 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 have been featured with 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 sold out shows 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.

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