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Tower of Power

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Johnny Mathis

Please Note - Masks are Required

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $150

Darci Lynne: My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not)

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$31.50 - $101.50

Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jun 1st - 8:00PM
Openers: Shutterdog
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47.40 - $71.50

Wanda Sykes

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 4th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $70

CANCELLED – Rocky in Concert: An Unforgettable Live Concert Experience Celebrating Rocky

This show is cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be refunded automatically.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 5th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $65

Celtic Woman: Postcards from Ireland

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Jun 6th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49 - $99

Andrew Dice Clay: Live in Concert

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 10th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $59

El Gran Combo: 60th Anniversary World Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 11th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $100

My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 16th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $57

It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles’ Rubber Soul & Revolver (feat. Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Jason Scheff, Badfinger, and Denny Lane)

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 17th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $95

CANCELLED – Foreigners Journey

This show is cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be refunded automatically.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $42

The Be A Man Experience

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$26 - $55

Brian Regan

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 24th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $69

Marie Osmond

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 25th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $125

Martina McBride: Livin’ Life Up Tour 2021

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$54 - $109

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 16th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Elton John tribute Philadelphia Freedom
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $69

Why Won’t You Date Me? Live with Nicole Byer

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $100

Ben Schwartz and Friends

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $89

Beres Hammond: Solid Love Tour 2022

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 19th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $65

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Aug 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$41.75 - $111.75

The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary Elwes

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 27th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$34 - $156

The Piano Guys

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Sep 13th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $252

Ron White

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 23rd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $179

Giggly Squad Podcast Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $129

Amy Schumer: Whore Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 1st - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$53 - $83

Little River Band

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 8th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $49

Engelbert Humperdinck

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 21st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$43 - $89

Tom Segura: I’m Coming Everywhere – World Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 18th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 18th - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 19th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $97

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $99

Bio

Over the course of two memorable evenings in June 2018, legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power returned to Oakland, the city that started it all, to celebrate it

Over the course of two memorable evenings in June 2018, legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power returned to Oakland, the city that started it all, to celebrate its landmark 50th anniversary with a few thousand friends, family and fans. The window-rattling grooves and raucous party spirit of ToP has been a balm for the soul throughout the band’s half-century existence, but the release of 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – June 2018 couldn’t have come at a better time.

Due out March 26, 2021 from Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, the high-spirited live album and video offers a reminder of the communal joys of the live music experience, something that’s been sorely missed over this staggering pandemic year. Released as a 3-LP set, a 2-CD/DVD combo, a standalone DVD, as well as digitally, 50 Years of Funk & Soul is the next best thing to hearing these brilliant musicians in person. Fittingly for such a special occasion, Tower of Power went all out for these hometown shows, supplementing the core 10-piece band and its iconic horn section with additional horns and a string section.

Bandleader and saxophonist Emilio Castillo also invited back a few elite ToP alumni, including saxophonist Lenny Pickett (musical director of the Saturday Night Live band); keyboardist Chester Thompson (Santana); guitarist Bruce Conte and former vocalist Ray Greene, who shows off his trombone prowess. They join the renowned modern line-up of the band, featuring co-founder Stephen “Doc” Kupka on baritone sax, longtime drummer David Garibaldi, and lead vocalist Marcus Scott. Adding a bittersweet tinge is the presence of founding bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia, who passed away in September 2020.

“People come up to me all the time and say, ‘Wow man, 50 years! We can’t believe it,’” laughs Castillo. “You can’t believe it? I’m the one that can’t believe it. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and learned a lot along the way. We’ve affected a lot of people’s lives and done a lot of work that we’re very proud of. The band has a real family atmosphere. It’s been very rewarding.”

Castillo was only 17 years old when he met Kupka and started to assemble the band that would become Tower of Power. “I had no vision at all,” he recalls now. “I just loved playing soul music. My idols were a local band called The Spyders and they had gigged in Sacramento. I thought, ‘Man, if I could just get to Sacramento that would be it.’ That’s literally how small my vision was.”

The band has long since surpassed Castillo’s admittedly modest aspirations, traveling the world, enjoying hit singles on their own and backing some of the most legendary artists of the last 50 years – a list that includes Otis Redding, Elton John, Santana, the Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others. In the process they’ve defined an “Oakland soul” sound as instantly recognizable as those from Castillo’s hometown, Detroit, as well as inspirations like Memphis and Philadelphia.

“Oakland is a very special city,” Castillo says. “It has a really unique type of soul to it. I loved Memphis soul music, yet because of my upbringing I always wanted to make it slicker. I think that defined my approach to music.”

The Fox Theater, where 50 Years of Funk & Soul was recorded, is just a stone’s throw from Jack London Square, where ToP got its start at the now-defunct club On Broadway. While the Bay Area music scene had become famous because of the Fillmore, across the Bay in San Francisco, ToP launched a whole new sound and wore its less glamorous origins proudly.

“You can take the boy out of Oakland, but you can’t take the Oakland out of the boy,” insists Castillo. “We always called the East Bay, where we were from, the dark side of the Bay. It was more ethnic, with a lot of blacks, Hispanics and Asians, and soul was the thing there. So, we called our first album East Bay Grease and put a map of Oakland on the cover, which proved to be a really smart move. People all over the world started saying that we represent the Oakland soul sound.”

That sound is vividly represented throughout the nearly two hours of pulse-quickening funk that makes up 50 Years of Funk & Soul. The setlist spans the band’s history, from classic hits “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “What is Hip?” and “Don’t Change Horses” to newly-minted favorites like “Stop” and “Do You Like That?” from recent albums on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, Soul Side of Town (2018) and Step Up (2020). The band shows off its taut precision on the intricately syncopated “On the Serious Side” and proves eerily prophetic by including “Soul Vaccination.”

This vigorous and dynamic live set should prove to be just that for fans around the world starved for the ToP groove over this past year. Count Castillo himself among their ranks – used to fronting the band for 200 dates a year, he’s only played a single gig since last March, joining Los Lobos for a drive-in concert at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “It’s really been a challenge,” Castillo says of living in lockdown. He’s looking forward to resuming that tireless schedule once the coronavirus is under control. Despite the band’s long and storied history, he has no plans for retirement.

“B.B. King is my role model,” he says. “He just kept on playing to the bitter end. No matter how B.B. was feeling on the bus, he’d step on stage, the lights would go on and he’d come to life. I’ve always said that’s who I want to be. My plan is to continue working and spreading the good news of Tower of Power.”

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