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.
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.
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.
TWO Tower of Power Alumni launched successful Kickstarter Campaigns to fund their latest CD’s.
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.
May your New Year be filled with good health, prosperity, and soul
CEO of Soul
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
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:
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.