Alex Matthews

Tower of Power @ NAMM Yamaha Stage – 01/18/2020

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On Saturday January 18th Yamaha presented the “Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Concert.” The event was a celebration of a half-century of inspiring musical achievement from dynamic soul/funk/R&B ensemble Tower of Power as they treated NAMM attendees to a retrospective of decades of groundbreaking music. The playlist ran all the way through to the present day with selections from their powerful new disc, 2018’s Soul Side of Town, the band’s very first Billboard No. 1 album. Tower of Power has enjoyed a place on the Yamaha Artist roster during its entire 50-year existence as a band.  

It truly speaks to the staying power of a group like this that they have been such a successful touring act for so many years. The band formed in 1968 when tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka, who played baritone sax in Oakland California. These two original members are still going strong through many lineup changes and dozens of albums and guest appearances. The huge NAMM crowd loved this group and celebrated their history and their fantastic musicianship.

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