Tower of Power

Posted on Jan 29 by SEASONS Magazine

Tower of Power, courtesy photo.

Tower of Power, courtesy photo.

On Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m., Tower of Power returns to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom (3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez).

Best known for their horn sections and their self-titled compositions of “urban soul music,” the band has been recording and touring nonstop for the past 50 years in front of sold-out crowds. Performing across the world, Tower of Power has appeared on live television, and recorded with incredible artists such as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Santana, Phish and Heart.

Formed in 1968 in Oakland, CA, when Emilio Castillo, a tenor, saxophonist, and vocalist, met baritone saxophonist Stephen “Doc” Kupka, the two quickly became renowned in the San Francisco Bay Area after performing local concerts. Auditioning at the Fillmore on a Tuesday night, Tower of Power was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records in 1970. Castillo and Kupka wrote the songs featured on their first album, East Bay Grease. Tower of Power’s next album, Bump City, gained the band commercial success, and was recorded on the Warner Brother’s label. Famous hits from this album include “You’re Still a Young Man” and “Down to the Nightclub.”

Their third album, named Tower of Power, proved most successful in 1973, peaking at No.15 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and being RIAA certified as a gold record. Famous hits “So Very Hard to Go,” “This Time It’s Real” and “What is Hip?” were on this album.

Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to witness these legendary performers live!

For tickets and more information, please visit

—Kathryn Shim


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