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Zoom Webinar To Remember Rocco Prestia Scheduled for Thursday
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Zoom Webinar To Remember Rocco Prestia Scheduled for Thursday

The bass world lost a legend last week with the passing of Tower of Power bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia. Now, a huge gathering of the bass community will be getting together to remember him.

In Memoriam: Francis “Rocco” Prestia
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Francis “Rocco” Prestia

Tower of Power has announced that bass legend Francis “Rocco” Prestia has passed away. The band made the announcement on their social media.

Tower of Power Returns with “Step Up”
New Albums

Tower of Power Returns with “Step Up”

Tower of Power celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018 with “Soul Side of Town.” Though it was a partial victory lap for the band, they’re clearly not done as they’ve just released a new album called “Step Up,” recorded during the same session.

2019 Reader Favorite Bassists – #9 Rocco Prestia
2019 Reader Favorites

2019 Reader Favorite Bassists – #9 Rocco Prestia

In May, Rocco Prestia announced he was working on his first solo album in 20 years. Of course, his work with Tower of Power is always popular, including the videos we shared in 2019. This landed him at #9 on this year’s “Reader Favorite Bassists” list.

Tower of Power: Boys From The Bay
Bass Videos

Tower of Power: Boys From The Bay

Back in 2008, Tower of Power celebrated its 40th anniversary. Taken from their 40th Anniversary DVD, here’s Rocco Prestia and the band laying down the East Bay grease on “Boys From The Bay.”

Tower Of Power: Squib Cakes
Bass Videos

Tower Of Power: Squib Cakes

During the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival, Tower of Power took the stage and brought the funk (and were joined by Carlos Santana and Chester Thompson). Here’s a clip of the band performing “Squib Cakes.” Rocco Prestia killed it!

Rocco Prestia Announces New Solo Album
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Rocco Prestia Announces New Solo Album

Twenty years after releasing his debut solo album, bass icon Rocco Prestia has announced he’s working on his second. The Tower of Power legend unveiled the new project via an ArtistShare crowdfunding campaign.

Rocco Prestia at Bass Day 98: “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip”
Bass Videos

Rocco Prestia at Bass Day 98: “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip”

Here’s an excellent clip from Bass Day 98 showcasing Rocco Prestia on the tunes “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip.” Is there a tighter rhythm section than Rocco and David Garibaldi?

Tower Of Power: So I Got to Groove (Live)
Bass Videos

Tower Of Power: So I Got to Groove (Live)

Tower Of Power performed a killer set at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2006. Among the tunes they played was “So I Got to Groove.” Of course, Rocco Prestia laid down the funkiness behind the band and that awesome horn section.

Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”
New Albums

Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”

Who knew you could be so funky for so long? Tower of Power is celebrating 50 years of making music in 2018 with a new album called Soul Side of Town. While the band’s lineup has changed up through the years, the album includes original saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka as well as the epic rhythm section of...

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

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)
Bass Videos

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!