Monday, April 24, 2017

'Tower Of Power' showed up and out in JAX

If you live in the Jacksonville Florida area and you’ve never been downtown to the Florida Theatre, then you are missing prime entertainment.  Recently this writer had the pleasure of going down memory lane with the 10-member-70s-hit group Tower Of Power.”  If you appreciate great music from a HammondB3 organ, different types of Saxophones, Trumpets, Flugelhorn, Bass & Lead Guitars and an ‘in-the-pocket Drummer’; then you should have been in the audience to hear the best of TOP.  As long as your flash was off, the crowd was encouraged to take all the videos and pictures that they wanted; and social media was probably flooded.

On April 22, for one night only, attendees were dancing in their seats as the horn-driven funk band Tower of Power played many of their hits like: “Don’t Change Horses, What Is Hip, Diggin On James Brown, So Very Hard To Go, You Got to Funkifize, What Happened to the World That Day?, You’re Still a Young Man, So Very Hard to Go, This Time It’s Real ” and MORE.  The show was ‘All That’ and then some!

Original Recording Artists: Emilio Castillo (Tenor Sax), Stephen “Doc” Kupka (Baritone Sax), Francis Rocco Prestia (Bass), {David Garibaldi (Drums) was unavailable}, and new member to the group Marcus Scott (Lead Vocals) - were on hand at the end of the show to sign memorabilia, tee shirts, records, and tell us about their upcoming CD.  To round out the group there was: Adolfo Acosta (Trumpet & Flugelhorn), Roger Smith (Keyboard), Jerry Cortez (Guitar), Tom E. Politzer (Tenor Sax) and Sal Cracchiolo (Trumpet).  Lead singer Marcus Scott, who joined the group in 2016, does a fantastic job since Lenny Williams left the group in 1975.

Tower’s musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka in July of that year.  When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio’s house, Emilio’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.”  Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, “Tower Of Power”, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well-known in the area.

Take a look at the Tour Dates because they could be coming to a venue near you.  And don’t forget to see if you remember What Is Hip.  Enjoy!

“Florida Theatre events April 2017
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

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