Tower of Power still brass heavy

2013-05-10T00:00:00Z 2013-05-15T09:25:03Z Tower of Power still brass heavyEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

The highly-charged horns of Tower of Power will heat up the stage tonight at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich.

Tower of Power, the hit-making band that began in the late '60s, will perform at 9 p.m. Eastern at the casino's Silver Creek Event Center.

"We'll be bringing the usual Tower of Power excitement to fans," said Emilio Castillo, vocalist, tenor saxophonist, and founder of the band.

Castillo, a native of Detroit, Mich., said the band's "high energy show" will feature a few ballads, a segment in tribute to James Brown and their revved-up hits from the '70s. "We have a strong fan base," said Castillo, adding the band maintains a heavy touring schedule, which often brings them to the Midwest.

He said touring is still satisfying to him and he's happy to continue bringing the band's sound to audiences. Asked if touring can get wearisome, Castillo said "It's what I know and it's what I've been doing since I was 17 years old...When you're doing what you love to do, it's easy to go to work."

On the Four Winds' Tower of Power concert roster, fans will likely hear a lion's share of tunes including  "You're Still a Young Man,"  "What Is Hip?," "This Time Is Real," "Time Will Tell," "You've Got to Funkifize," and more.

Being a musician and songwriter for the past five decades and being immersed in music has been a "good life" for Castillo.

"The creative process for me is very stimulating," he said. And when he's not focusing on Tower of Power and their dynamic work, Castillo still delights in other musical enjoyment.

He recently went to see '60s hitmakers The Rascals, who reunited for their Broadway show "Once Upon a Dream." The show featured the story of the Rascals featuring the original band members performing their ownr music.

"I enjoyed it very much. I'm a big Rascals' fan," he said. "I remember when I was 16, I took my girlfriend to see the Rascals at the Fillmore."

Castillo said after the performance, he told Rascals' lead singer Felix Cavaliere, "You're like a fine wine, you get better and better all the time."

In addition to Tower of Power's regular shows, Castillo said the band is looking forward to joining Cheech and Chong for select dates on their upcoming "Up in Smoke" tour, where they'll open for the comedy duo, along with the band War.

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