Tower of Power brings 1970s soul-funk classics to Beaver Creek, Aug. 3
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What: Tower of Power performs.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
More information: Visit www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — Tower of Power has been performing its funk, soul and R&B for 50 years and will bring its musical styles to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.
Known for 1970s soul-funk classics including “What Is Hip?,” “Soul With A Capital ‘S,’” and “So Very Hard To Go,” Tower of Power has been performing since 1968. After 50 years together, the band’s lineup includes several of its founding members, such as tenor sax master Emilio Castillo and fellow baritone saxophone player Stephen “Doc” Kupka, along with drummer David Garibaldi and bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia. Over the years, the Tower of Power horn section has played with everyone from Otis Redding to Elton John, among many other big names.
Since the band’s early days, Tower of Power hasn’t stopped touring or recording new music. In June 2018, the group released its 19th studio album, “Soul Side of Town.” The record is packed with new songs that exemplify the band’s sound and celebrate the group’s golden anniversary the only way they know how: by making great music.
“The whole idea was to make the best record of our career,” Castillo told Billboard Magazine in a recent interview. “One of our old managers said, ‘You guys really need to ring the bell this time. You’re at 50 years. You’ve got to make the best record of your career.’”
New Lead singer
Fans that come out to see Tower of Power this year will get a look at its brand new lead singer, Marcus Scott. Castillo says he’s a perfect fit.
“It’s phenomenal. Most bands lose their singer, and it’s over. But, we’ve changed singers and other players so many times, the fans actually get excited about who’s next” he said, as the band has had over forty members throughout their history. “Marcus has everything — he looks great, he sings great, he’s a good person. We’re just really blessed to have him.”
Tickets start at $49 and are available at the Vilar Center box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org. The Vilar Center is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village.
Richardson has shot for the magazine since 1984, and his work is up for public viewing at multiple locations in the area.