Tower of Power

Tower of Power's blistering horns and wickedly funky grooves will reign for four nights on the band's annual return to the Dakota. Founding members Emilio Castillo and Doc Kupka — on tenor and bari saxophone, respectively — continue to spark the 45-year-old 10-piece's marvelously muscular, tenaciously tight, furiously funky trademark R&B, forever defined as Oakland soul. Currently, there's a new album, Hipper Than Hip, taken from a fiery 1974 radio studio performance; Ray McKinley is currently subbing for longtime bassist Rocco Prestia, who's awaiting a kidney transplant; and this is a swan song of sorts for vocalist Larry Braggs, who will be leaving the band at the end of the year after being onboard since 1999.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7 & 9 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 12, 8 & 10 p.m. Starts: Dec. 11. Continues through Dec. 14, 2013

 
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