Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, Tower of Power have delivered the best in Rhythm and Blues music for well close to five decades, helping to define the “San Francisco Sound”.

After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower of Power were signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, East Bay Grease, was recorded. Their next album, Bump City, led to a string of hits including What is Hip?, Only So Much Oil In The Ground, Squib Cakes, Back On The Streets Again, Don’t Change Horses, So Very Hard To Go and We Came To Play.

Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana and many others.

Tower of Power are: Emilio Castillo – Tenor Sax / Stephen “Doc” Kupka – Baritone Sax / Francis Rocco Prestia – Bass / David Garibaldi – Drums / Roger Smith – Keys / Tom E. Politzer – Tenor Sax / Adolfo Acosta – Trumpet / Flugelhorn / Jerry Cortez – Guitar / Sal Cracchiolo – Trumpet / Marcus Scott – Vocals.

Special guests are Cymande.

Formed in 1971, the name Cymande comes from a Calypso word for Dove symbolising Peace and Love. Discovered by legendary producer John Schroeder who signed them to Janus Records and produced their debut single The Message which hit the top 20 in the USA.

After releasing their three albums Cymande, Second time around and Promised Heights which featured future Rare Groove and Breaks classics such as Bra, Brother’s on the Slide and Fug, the band disbanded in 1974.

Artists who have sampled Cymande over the years include Wu-Tang Clan, EPMD, De La Soul, Dan the Automator, The KLF, Gang Starr, The Fugees, Kenny Dope, Sugarhill Gang and more.

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