Tower of Power & Average White Band
Friday, May 18, 8:00 pm
$65.00 - Orchestra
$65.00 - Loge
$55.00 - Mezzanine
$45.00 - Balcony
6 ticket limit.
For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in rhythm and blues music. Their first record, “East Bay Grease,” helped to define the East Bay sound, and did well enough to warrant a recording contract with Warner Brothers. “Bump City,” their 1972 debut for the label, was a hit on both the Billboard 200 and the chart’s R&B Albums, and netted them the hits “You’re Still A Young Man” and “Down To The Nightclub.” The decade of the 70s were a boom period for the group, who hit with radio classics like “So Very Hard To Go” and “What Is Hip?” and the band has continued to tour and record over the years. TOP consistently plays over 200 nights a year, touring the world. Bringing their music to Europe and Japan each year, crisscrossing the U.S. with an occasional trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” the band's strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished songwriting, stretching across several gold-selling albums and multiple Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. The six-piece took the influences of their R&B heroes, people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others, and developed their own authentic sound. While “Cut The Cake” and “Let's Go Round Again” became hit singles, many other album tracks, like “Schoolboy Crush” and “Stop The Rain,” became much-sampled grooves. Many more tunes such as “Cloudy” and “A Love Of Your Own” are among the finest soul album tracks ever recorded.