Tower Of Power STEP UP With New Album + Tour

Article Contributed by Fiona Bloom | Published on Friday, January 31, 2020

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.

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 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 is out now to whets fans’ appetites just enough in anticipation of the full album’s release on March 20, 2020.

Tour Dates:

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

3/8 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre Napa

3/18 Williamsport, PA @ Community Arts Center

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

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

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 Jazz Festival

6/7 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/5 Scranton, PA @ Peach Festival

7/17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre