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Tower of Power

Tower's 40 plus year 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.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner.

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Events

Date Event Time Tickets
Aug3Wed Gladys Knight • Tower Of Power
Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
$1-151
Nov13Sun Tower Of Power
Cary Hall
Lexington, MA
7:00 PM
$59-79
Nov13Sun Tower Of Power
Cary Hall
Lexington, MA
7:00 PM
$59-79
Jan21Thu Tower Of Power
Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
8:00 PM
$36.00 - 46.00

Albums

Great American Soulbook
Great American...
Self Produced
2009
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Oakland Zone
Warner Bros. Records
2003
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Soul Vaccination:...
Warner Bros. Records
1999
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[no cover]
What Is Hip? The...
Warner Bros. Records
1999
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[no cover]
Live
Warner Bros. Records
1999
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[no cover]
Souled Out
Warner Bros. Records
1995
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