For the past 44 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
|Vacaville, CA||Aug 29|
|Heraldsburg, CA||Aug 31|
|Sausalito, CA||Sept 1|
|Columbus, OH||Sept 9|
|Grass Valley, CA||Sept 13|
|Tulare, CA||Sept 14|
|New York, NY||Sept 23|
|Alexandria, VA||Sept 25|
|Durham, CT||Sept 26|
|Hampton Beach, NH||Sept 27|
|Cranston, RI||Sept 28|
|Las Vegas, NV||October 3-4-5|
|St. Charles, IL||October 18|
|European Tour||Nov 1 to 23|
A MESSAGE FROM SAL CRACCHIOLO:
To All Of The Tower Of Power Fans Everywhere, I am so sorry to have to inform you that I will not be performing with ToP for a while.
My best friend and wife, Melanie Jackson Cracchiolo unfortunately was injured in an ice skating accident. She is in the hospital here in California and currently in ICU.
Emilio Castillo and the rest of the band have been unbelievably loving and supportive at this extremely difficult time. They realize that I cannot leave my wife right now. Please pray for Melanie Jackson Cracchiolo. We know that prayers do help and we need them now.
Sincerely, Sal and Melanie Cracchiolo
Sal has asked that the family's privacy be respected and we are asking anyone wishing to convey their thoughts and good wishes to do so on the Band's Facebook page rather than contacting them directly. Here is the link: TOP Facebook Page
Sal will be back soon,
Thank you, ToP
A FEW WORDS FROM ROCCO:
Hey everybody, Rocco here. I just wanted to give you an update on what's happening with me. First off I'd like to thank everyone who has either donated to my medical fund or given their time and energy. It is greatly appreciated to say the least! As far far as my health goes, as you know, I am not well enough to be on the road with Tower Of Power at this time. My kidney function numbers although way below normal have been holding steady. I'm feeling OK however I am in need of a kidney transplant as soon as possible. According to the medical team, even though I feel OK right now my condition can deteriorate suddenly.
I know some of you thought we had a donor and we were ready to go. Unfortunately at the 11th hour that changed. After some final testing, the person who was a match is no longer a viable donor. Needless to say, there was a lot of disappointment. Now we are regrouping and again looking for potential donors. If anyone is interested there is more information available at www.roccoprestia.com. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's hard to find the right words to express how much I appreciate the generosity and love you have shown me so for now I'll just say so long and and I'll see you down the road!!
THANK YOU so much for your support!
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.
Any Questions? Please contact email@example.com
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."
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David Garibaldi's modern educational classic returns as an interactive, play-along app experience for drummers!
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