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  • Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)

    Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)

    The other day, I stumbled upon this 1973 video of Tower of Power’s appearance on Soul Train. I immediately texted it to Kevin, and then I watched it countless times since then. The song is “So Very Hard To Go”, and Rocco Prestia is laying it down like only he can, behind one killer band. »

  • Tower Of Power: What Is Hip? (Chicago 1977)

    Tower Of Power: What Is Hip? (Chicago 1977)

    Today is Rocco Prestia‘s birthday, and we thought we’d celebrate with this old school clip of Tower of Power. Here’s the band performing “What Is Hip?” in Chicago in 1977. Happy birthday, Rocco! »

  • Tower of Power to Celebrate 48th Anniversary with Tour

    Tower of Power to Celebrate 48th Anniversary with Tour

    It may seem hard to believe, but 2016 will mark 48 years since the formation of Tower of Power. The influential group has released 18 studio albums, seven live albums, six compilations, three DVDs, and have toured the world with thousands of shows. To celebrate the band’s longevity, they’ll be bringing their unique blend of... »

  • Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey has sent out his annual audio Christmas greeting, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As head of the Berklee Bass Department, Bailey brings in featured artists during their visits to the college to make special bass arrangements of holiday carols. This year has Bailey, Sandro Scoccia, Leland Sklar, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten,... »

  • Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)

    Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)

    Here’s a great clip of Tower of Power performing “Soul With Capital S” – with some trademark funky bass by the one and only Rocco Prestia. And how about that honkin’ bari sax? This performance was recorded at the Java Jazz Festival in 2006. »

  • Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

    Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

    Bass legend Francis “Rocco” Prestia shared this video on his Facebook page the other day, and I can only imagine that thousands of people around the world started moving in their seats. This clip of “Soul With a Capital S” is taken from the band’s 40th Anniversary at the Fillmore West. Most bass players dream... »

  • Profiles in Tone: Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Profiles in Tone: Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Rocco Prestia has been making the world dance since 1965 when he first joined Tower of Power. His infectious and distinctive 16th note groove became a foundation of fingerstyle funk bass playing that innumerable bassists have been trying to master for decades. Prestia was born and raised in California, where he got into music at... »

  • Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Few bassists have a style that is as instantly recognizable as Francis “Rocco” Prestia’s funky, bubbly ghost and 16th-note playing. His work with Tower of Power has shaped what is expected of a funk bassist in terms of playing in the pocket and has subsequently inspired countless bass players. Prestia himself is humble about his... »

  • Tower of Power: “Knock Yourself Out”, Live

    Tower of Power: “Knock Yourself Out”, Live

    We’ve been thinking about Rocco Prestia a lot lately, as he’s been struggling with health issues. This man has been showing us how to do it for a long time. Here’s just another reminder: Tower of Power’s live performance of “Knock Yourself Out” in 2005. This is the funk. If you’d like to join us... »

  • Rocco Prestia Issues Health Update, East Coast Benefit Events Announced

    Rocco Prestia Issues Health Update, East Coast Benefit Events Announced

    Last year, we reported that Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia was once again battling serious health issues. The bassist has now issued an update about his condition on the band’s website. “First off I’d like to thank everyone who has either donated to my medical fund or given their time and energy,” he stated.... »