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Greg Adams East Bay Soul goes Kickstarter for CD #3

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Mic Gillette on KickStarter

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East Bay Soul Band Members

East Bay Soul Band Members

Hi… Greg Adams here! Thanks so much for taking your valuable time to watch my video. This gives me the opportunity to invite you to join East Bay Soul and me in making a new studio album and taking you along on our newest musical Journey.

As an independent artist I have seen the business of making music reinvent itself and I know than crowd funding is much more than just raising funds. One of the greatest things that happens is that we are building a community and connecting with people who love music enough to support its creation.

We have launched this Kickstarter Campaign to generate funding to record our next album. But it is not just about raising money… although that is a REALLY BIG deal. It is about staying creative and vital while continuing to embrace the new way music is made.

We have come up with some cool ways to reward you for being part of East Bay Soul III and I will keep you involved and informed as we continue on this new journey of making great music for all of us!

As a band we have grown into a family and we think of you as our family too. Come along with us for East Bay Soul III

Andy Ebon

CEO of Soul

Mic Gillette Band, “Turning Two” – A Kickstarter Project

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Mic Gillette on KickStarter

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Mic and Megan

Mic and Megan

The Mic Gillette Band’s first CD, Moon Doggy was released December 2013 and was largely a homegrown effort. Everyone gave all their time and heart into getting that one done and it took a little while.

This time we are looking to all you wonderful, funky cool folks to be a part of this project and get it out to be heard by this December! We are already going full steam in the studio and starting album artwork in the next couple weeks.

This disc will include some fun and phat original tunes, and a few unexpected covers, done the Mic Gillette way of course.

Your generous donations will help in the following ways:

  • Studio time & musicians
  • Guest Artist Contributions
  • Licensing
  • Mastering
  • Artwork/Photography

As we are new to the Kickstarter community, we will explain what we understand. It is all or nothing as far as funding goes. If we meet (hopefully exceed) our $10,000 goal then we will be funded and the project will move forward as quickly as intended. If we do not reach our goal, then no funding from Kickstarter will occur.

Andy Ebon

CEO of Soul

T.O.P. Queens and Larry Braggs

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Larry Braggs

Larry Braggs and TOP Queens

Tower of Power has more than a legacy of Urban Soul Music, it has also been the launching pad for solo careers of many of its alumni. Through Larry Braggs extensive time as the band’s lead vocalist, he has had the opportunity to meet, record, and perform with a wide variety of musicians.

Larry Braggs

As the first year of solo work draws to a close, he has an interesting collaboration with the T.O.P. Queens, an all-female Tower of Power tribute band, performing at La Trastienda Club on October 24th in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are Tower of Power tribute bands, worldwide, but this is a first!

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For more details, or to buy tickets, visit:

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

Ray Greene lights up Tower of Power

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Tower of Power Table Tent - JB's Nightclub - Summer 1973

Tower of Power Table Tent – JB’s Nightclub – Summer 1973

When I first saw Tower of Power in concert, it was 1973, in Las Vegas. So Very Hard To Go was in heavy rotation on radio and the band lineup featured a most memorable roster. It also presented its third lead singer in three albums. That was Lenny Williams.

The performance included tracks from its upcoming Back To Oakland album, including Squib Cakes, Don’t Change Horses, and others. There was one surprise for me. Unexpectedly, Lenny Williams picked up a trumpet and joined the horn section on Squib Cakes. Speaking with David Garibaldi, after last night’s show, I recounted that moment. He assured me my recall was correct.

Ray Greene – Double Threat

Ray Greene - Tower of Power Lead Vocalist and Trumboinst

Ray Greene – Tower of Power Lead Vocalist and Trumboinst

Last night’s show at the South Point Casino was my first opportunity to see and hear Tower’s new lead vocalist, Ray Greene.

The bonus: Ray also plays some major league trombone. He had trombone in hand on a handful of tunes, adding even more strength to the horns.

Ask Ray, and he will tell you he’s a musician first… and, yes…. he can sing a little.

The South Point Casino Set List

I don’t chronicle song-by-song set lists, but I did notice this. With the exception of Diggin’ on James Brown and the Star Time Medley, the set list was gleaned from five releases: Bump City, Tower of Power, Back To Oakland, Urban Renewaland Ain’t Nothin’ Stoppin’ Us Now.

A major challenge for front Tower of Power is having the range and endurance to match the wide assortment who have preceded you. Ray Greene has those skills, a warm stage presence, and the confidence to interpret the songs with his own style, not just replicating its original vocal treatment.

As a result, what was a dominant throw-back set list, came across as timeless and fresh. For me, the take on Don’t Change Horses took me back to a period with Ellis Hall on lead vocals, at a time when Richard Elliot was lead tenor.

What’s on the agenda tonight?

It’s always interesting during a 3-night stint. The sets often vary. Like most fans, I have my favorites, but I’m simply curious to hear Ray’s interpretation of other songs.

The band felt relaxed and percolated at full-tilt. The show was rock solid.

Rocco News from Emilio

Emilio reported that Rocco called him, Friday, with GOOD NEWS. Last week, a donor for a new liver had been confirmed. Rocco has passed all the necessary pre-testing required, and it is expected that a transplant will take place about six weeks from now. Stay tuned for more specifics on the surgery date.

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

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