Tower of Power / WAR
Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
Tower of Power is an American R&B-based horn section and band, hailing from Oakland, California, that has been performing for over 44 years. The band is best known for their funky soul sound that's highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.
Touring extensively, there have been many personnel changes over the years. At least 60 musicians have toured or recorded with the band over its 40-plus-year existence including current Saturday Night Live musical director/saxophonist Lenny Pickett, drummer David Garibaldi, bassist Francis "Rocco" Prestia, organ master Chester Thompson, saxophonists Richard Elliot and Euge Groove, and guitarist Bruce Conte.
Joining Tower of Power is funk band, WAR. Formed in the mid 1960's in Long Beach, California, WAR's funk vehicle got its earliest push by performing live with Eric Burdon of The Animals. Possessing a laid back funky vibe, WAR penned the popular party tracks, "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid" and "Why Can't We Be Friends."