The musical odyssey of the Tower of Power (TOP) began in 1968, when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Castillo’s house, Castillo’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.” Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs and soon became well known.
Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. They are truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.
TOP celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2008 with a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another twenty musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.
Each year, Tower of Power tours play to sold-out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and Hipper Than Hip, a remastered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. TOP has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages.
There’s no group that plays my stuff as good as them.
Undoubtedly funky, [their] songs teeter on the edge of soul music, begging for some James Brown.