The Partners in Preservation Award is given to individuals, organizations, agencies and institutions for activities and accomplishments that promote Oakland’s historic and cultural heritage

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 13, 2016) – Last night, Oakland natives Tower of Power were presented with the Partners in Preservation Award by the Oakland Heritage Alliance, a non-profit organization that serves to protect, preserve and revitalize Oakland’s architectural, historic and cultural resources. The Partners in Preservation award is given to individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. Tower of Power was chosen by the OHA for the honor because of their contribution to the promotion and preservation of Oakland and the Bay Area’s rich musical heritage for the past 48 years, as well as their continuing efforts to help bridge Oakland’s past and future.
“Our organization is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and we want to focus on special lifetime achievements with our Partners in Preservation recognitions,” said Claire Castell, OHA treasurer and nominator of Tower of Power for the award. “While a lot of our efforts focus on preservation of architectural treasures, we want to make sure Oakland’s wonderful cultural arts are celebrated and recognized. When we started to review the artists that have made a lasting impact in the arts and music that represent Oakland, coupled with amazing talent and showmanship, Tower of Power was an obvious choice. We are proud TOP still celebrates its Oakland roots and we will always consider them our native sons.”
“Tower of Power was advised by a dear friend early in our career to let it be known that we were from Oakland (not San Francisco), and that has been our claim from our very first recording until now, almost 48 years later,” said Emilio Castillo, bandleader and founding member of Tower of Power. “Being from Oakland is something we’re very proud of, and we’ve always been very clear that our sound is an ‘Oakland’ sound. Being recognized by the Oakland Heritage Alliance as one of ‘Oakland’s own’ is an honor, and we are grateful to God and the people of Oakland for this award.”
About Tower of Power:
Since 1968, Tower of Power has been delivering its unique brand of “Oakland style” music and maintaining a class of its own. Leader and founding member Emilio Castillo labeled the group’s sound as “Urban Soul Music.” Over the years, Tower of Power has performed with some of music’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Dionne Warwick, David Sanborn, Paula Abdul, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Billy Preston, Rod Stewart, Toto, and more. Tower of Power’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The horn driven sound is unique from writing and arranging to mixing and performing. The group’s collection of hits includes “You’re Still A Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go,” “Soul With a Capital S,” “Soul Vaccination,” “What Is Hip?” Each year, Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing sold out shows all over the world.
About Oakland Heritage Alliance:
OHA is a nonprofit membership organization which advocates the protection, preservation and revitalization of Oakland’s architectural, historic, cultural and natural resources through publications, education, and direct action.
Tower of Power Tour Dates:
Jan 15 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club
Jan 21-24 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
Jan 26 Bremerton, WA The Admiral Theater
Jan 30 Grand Ronde, OR Spirit Mountain Casino
Feb 6 Stateline NV Harrah’s Tahoe South Shore Room
Feb 12-14 Las Vegas, NV South Point Hotel & Casino
April 19 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
April 22 Collingswood, NJ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theater
April 23 Glenside, PA The Keswick Theater
April 26 Moscow, ID Kibbe Events Center – University of Idaho
May 21 Cancun, Mexico Oasis Arena at the Grand Oasis Hotel & Resort
#Oakland Heritage Alliance Presents #TowerofPower with #PartnersinPreservationAward During Hometown Show