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

    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... »

  • 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 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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Tower of Power: “What Is Hip?” at 2013 NAMM Show

    Tower of Power: “What Is Hip?” at 2013 NAMM Show

    Tower of Power rocked the 2013 NAMM Show with an incredible performance on Thursday, January 24th. It was so good to see Rocco Prestia moving and grooving with the band, which was tight, tight, tight. »

  • Tower of Power Releases 40th Anniversary CD/DVD Set

    Tower of Power Releases 40th Anniversary CD/DVD Set

    Tower of Power, the powerhouse funk and soul band anchored by bassist and original member Rocco Prestia is releasing their long-anticipated 40th Anniversary concert footage. The two disc (CD and DVD) release features the band performing live at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, recorded in October, 2008. The DVD includes bonus footage, including the... »