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Tower of Power perform at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Lake Tahoe

Some bands need no introduction. Tower of Power is one of those bands.

The legendary group returns to Tahoe for back-to-back shows at MontBleu Friday and Saturday.

More than 50 years after its formation in Oakland, the group, known for its distinctive style of soul, is still going strong. In June 2018 they released their newest album, "Soul Side of Town," a 14-track record filled with entirely new material.

"In keeping with Tower of Power's golden canon of classics, the new material picks up the torch in all of the time-tested styles fans respect and love," states the band's website.

Tower of Power has gone through quite a few iterations over the decades. The current lineup includes founding members Emilio Castillo, tenor sax, and Stephen "Doc" Kupka, baritone sax, along with: Marc Wv, bass; David Garibaldi, drums; Roger Smith, keyboards; Tom Politzer, lead tenor sax; Adolfo Acosta, trumpet; Jerry Cortez, guitar; Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet; and Marcus Scott, lead vocalist.

"Since its formation in Oakland, California in 1968, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high achieving musicians fluent in all realms of soul, rock and pop music with a sophistication and punch like that of a jazz big band," the website continues.

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That reputation hasn't diminished over the years, as the band has remained active since its formation. The release of "Soul Side of Town" marked the 25th album in Tower of Power's impressive catalog.

They've also performed with the likes of Graham Central Station, Elton John, Billy Preston, John Lee Hooker, Jose Feliciano, Al Kooper, Sammy Hagar, Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Dionne Warwick, Heart, Rick James, Santana, Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis & The News, Toto, P. Diddy and many more.

Tower of Power's two Tahoe performances start at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7. Tickets are $40 or $50, depending on seating, plus taxes and fees.

Learn more about the band at towerofpower.com.

If you go …

What: Tower of Power

When: Friday & Saturday, Feb. 1-2, 8 p.m.

Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (55 U.S. 50, Stateline, Nev.)

Tickets: $40-$50 (plus taxes/fees)

Info: montbleuresort.com