Tower of Power and Average White Band Performs at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage
Oakland California music legends, Tower of Power and one of the top soul, R&B, and jazz-funk groups alive, Average White Band, will come to The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa on Saturday, November 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 6, at 8 a.m.
Formed in Oakland, California in 1968 and considered one of the most dynamic and distinctive bands of survivors in soul music, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high-achieving musicians fluent in all realms of soul, rock and pop music with a sophistication and punch like that of a jazz big band. Tower of Power came to prominence with a string of acclaimed albums on Warner Bros. Records: Bump City (1972), Tower of Power (1973), Back to Oakland (1974), Urban Renewal (1974), In the Slot (1975) and Live and in Living Color (1976). With a total of eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, their highest-charting songs include “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “What Is Hip?,” “Don’t Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream),” and “You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun.”
Tower of Power is comprised of veteran members Castillo, Kupka, Garibaldi and Prestia, along with outgoing lead singer Ray Greene (now in Santana) and incoming lead singer Marcus Scott, Jerry Cortez (guitar), Roger Smith (Hammond B3 organist/keyboardist), Tom Politzer (1st tenor saxophonist), and Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo (trumpets). Much in demand for studio sessions and live gigs, Tower of Power’s five-piece horn section has performed with hundreds of artists including Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Elton John, Neil Diamond, P.Diddy, Aerosmith, Phish, Santana, Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis & The News, Toto, Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, to name a few.
Best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” Average White Band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold-selling albums and multi-GRAMMY® nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the U.S. and elsewhere. With a current lineup featuring founding members Alan Gorrie (lead vocals, bass) and Onnie McIntyre (guitar), alongside US heavies Freddy V. (tenor sax), Cliff Lyons (alto sax), Rob Aries (keys, bass), Rocky Bryant (drums), and Brent Carter (lead vocals), Average White Band continues its deserved place at the pinnacle of live soul & funk music to the joy of widely eclectic and multi-generational audiences everywhere.
Date: Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.
Prices: $66-$46, based on seat location.
www.AguaCalienteCasinos.com; (800) 514-3849