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Tower of Power Highlights 2014

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Tower of Power Highlights continued to appear in every direction, as the band toured at a break-neck pace in 2014. The biggest concert endeavor was the Journey – Steve Miller Band – Tower of Power Summer Concerts. Camaraderie and great music permeated the mood in arena venues across the country.

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Change

In 2013, Larry Braggs announced that he would be leaving Tower of Power for a solo career and year’s end. Larry’s tenure with the band was the longest of any lead singer in its history. With that in mind, the band auditioned singers over several months, finally choosing Ray Greene.

It didn’t take long for Ray to make his mark as lead singer. And, as a bonus, he plays some serious trombone, often putting it to use on several songs at most shows.

Ray also provided some good luck to the San Francisco Giants, performing the National Anthem prior to Game 4 of the NLCS.

Milestones

Bassist, Rocco Prestia, has been off-the-road for quite awhile, awaiting a kidney transplant. Thankfully, on December 5th, he received a kidney, and is now on-the-mend. A number of musicians ably held down the bass chair. Particular props to Ray McKinley who put in the heaviest schedule on Rocco’s behalf.

TOP Fans can look forward to Rocco rejoining the band as soon as he is able. No doubt he is champing at the bit.

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Alumni News

TWO Tower of Power Alumni launched successful Kickstarter Campaigns to fund their latest CD’s.

In DecemberMic Gillette released Turning Two by the Mic Gillette Band. Both Turning Two and the band’s first CD, Moon Doggy, are available on the MGB website.

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The Mic Gillette Band

 

Simultaneously, Greg Adams revisited Kickstarter to help underwrite East Bay Soul 3.0. The band also includes Tower Alumni, Lee Thornburg and Herman Matthews. Take a look at the newly minted East Bay Soul website. Expect the CD release in the spring.

East Bay Soul Band Members

East Bay Soul Band Members

A third alumnus, Al Chez (late of the David Letterman Show, after 17 years) and The Brothers of Funk Big Band have a CD release party set for January 10th at The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ. 

Tickets for the Release Party on Ticket Fly.

Al Chez and Brothers of Funk

May your New Year be filled with good health, prosperity, and soul

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

Greg Adams East Bay Soul goes Kickstarter for CD #3

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Mic Gillette on KickStarter

Invest in some East Bay Soul

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

Click to find out more and invest in some soul

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

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