Thursday, August 11, 2022

Tower of Power – New Single Out Tomorrow 01-24-20

Tower of Power - step up

*New York, NY – The renowned horn-driven soul/RnB/rock/pop/funk outfit Tower of Power (or TOP, as it is more often referred to by its global legion of fans), has been rocking their sound since 1968 – infusing Soul (with a capital S) into the music industry for 52 years.

Fast forward, after celebrating their 50th Anniversary with the critically acclaimed 2018 release of “Soul Side of Town”, Tower of Power stirs it up for the launch of their next album – STEP UP. Hot off their buzzing NAMM Show where they performed in front of thousands of enthusiastic attendees at the Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage close out, Tower of Power is ready to unleash their newest genre-blending explosion of sound on March 20, 2020.

Although the 14 tracks of this album were written and arranged in a careful 6-year-long process, the album itself was recorded in the same sessions with Soul Side of Town.

When the band, along with GRAMMY®-nominated producer Joe Vannelli, recorded enough great material for two full albums, they decided to split the releases up and keep STEP UP as their launch into the new decade.

The record features heartfelt lyrics from Stephen “Doc” Kupka. Now, with clever lyrics, funky arrangements, and tremendous musicality, Tower of Power step up their game with STEP UP, releasing March 20th, 2020. 

Tower of Power (2020)

As the first single from the record, and the album’s title track, Step Up is an instant groove full of Tower of Power’s signature funky and rhythmical sound: melodic lines flawlessly and soulfully executed by the horn section, notable guitar grooves laid down by Jerry Cortez, and topped off with a killer B3 solo by Roger Smith. The track’s empowering lyrics and motivational message cannot be ignored, and string together the song’s overall vibe for a feel-good track.

Step Up gives us a taste that fulfills the band’s promise of an album that will “move you physically and emotionally,” as predicted by bandleader and founder Emilio Castillo himself. The single Step Up out today, January 24, 2020 whets fans’ appetites just enough in anticipation of the full album’s release on March 20, 2020

Stream “STEP UP”:




1/29 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up

1/31-2/1 Lake Tahoe, CA @ MontBleu Showroom

3/6 Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theatre

3/7 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre Napa

3/18 Williamsport, PA @ Community Arts Center

3/8 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre Napa

3/21 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater

3/22 Plymouth, MA @ Plymouth Memorial Hall

3/24 Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall

3/26 Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

3/27 Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse at FTC

4/2-4/5 Seattle, WA @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

4/24 Denton, TX Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

4/26 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse

4/28 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (on-sale 1/31)

4/30 Clearwater, FL @ Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

5/1 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live

5/3 West Palm Beach, FL @ SunFest of Palm Beach

5/31 Newport Beach, CA @ Newport Beach JazzFest

6/5 Washington, PA @ The Meadows Racetrack

6/6 Selbyville, DE Freeman Stage

6/7 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

6/9 Ft Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Pavilion

6/10 Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center

6/19 Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

6/20 Grass Valley, CA @ The Center for the Arts

6/21 San Francisco, CA @ Stern Grove Festival

6/23 Victoria, BC @ Victoria JazzFest

6/24 Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver JazzFest

6/26 Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort Casino

7/1 Detroit, MI @ Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre

7/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest Grounds

7/4 Niagara Falls, ONT @ Falls Views Resort Casino

7/5 Scranton, PA @ Peach Festival

7/17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/18 Winter Park, CO @ Winter Park Jazz Festival

8/1 Grand Ronde, OR @ Spirit Mountain Casino



  1. East Bay All The Way
  2. Step Up
  3. The Story Of You And I
  4. Who Would Have Thought
  5. Addicted To You
  6. Look In My Eyes
  7. You Da One
  8. Sleeping With You Baby
  9. If It’s Tea Give Me Coffee
  10. Beyond My Wildest Dreams
  11. Any Excuse Will Do
  12. If You Wanna Be A Winner
  13. Let’s Celebrate Our Love
  14. East Bay Oaktown All The Way




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