50 years after forming in Oakland, California, Bay Area music legends Tower Of Power is still going strong, and on the road in support of its recently released 25th album, Soul Side Of Town. Tower of Power will always be best remembered for its standards "Down To The Nightclub," "What Is Hip?," "Sparkling In The Sand," and "You’re Still A Young Man." The band still features tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, baritone saxophonist Stephen "Doc" Kupka, drummer David Garibaldi, and bassist Francis "Rocco" Prestia.

Emilio Castillo shed light on the music scene that was brewing in the Bay Area when Tower Of Power began making their bones: "The psychedelic scene kinda started around late-'64, '65, and it was starting to run its course. And during that time, Bill Graham had kind of tweaked the collective ear of the Bay Area by bringing in all these eclectic acts to be with these psychedelic bands. So, you'd see Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Sam & Dave; next night it would be Otis Redding, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Miles Davis. And we come along, right at the tail end of that psychedelic thing, we had this big horn section. And I remember on our audition night, we came out after five bands -- and all the four bands before us were the same."

AUDIO: EMILIO CASTILLO ON TOWER OF POWER LASTING 50 YEARS
AUDIO: EMILIO CASTILLO ON THE '60S SAN FRANCISCO SCENE