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By Creators’ Lounge staff Ayaka Minami(Torocal Girls / トロカル女子)

Tower of Power

Tower of Power

On the night of Saturday, June 20th at Nathan Phillips Square downtown, Tower of Power’s concert was being held. As I exited out of Osgoode station in a hurry, I could already hear the loud sounds from the hall, which got my heart racing even faster. When I arrived at the hall, the seats, including box seats were filled with people which left many people outside standing. The audience were having a great time enjoying the music and drinks. I was fortunate enough to find an empty seat near the stage to sit and begin joining in on the fun. It was obvious that Tower of Power has had a lot of experience that included their incredible own style of soul music, that we would have high expectations. Well at this concert, they did just that, surpass our expectations. Each piece that T.O.P. performed grabbed our hearts and kept us going. Actually, I don’t remember how many times we stood up and shouted out. I still clearly remember one song because it made me very emotional. Ray Greene, the lead vocal was amazing! His voice and each action he made was extremely sweet and sexy. In addition, the chorus and mellow melodies performed by the other members really mixed well with his voice. This fancy harmony killed me softly and after the song, I was almost crying. I’d also like to mention a bit about the atmosphere of the hall. It was very energetic! Before going to the concert, I had the perception that this kind of music was for the older generation or for the people who are deeply interested in music. I was proved wrong. The audience was a mix of all generations from young to elderly. The music of T.O.P. certainly gave us power. Enough that it made us shake our body, stand up and dance with their music. I was surprised that all of the audience enjoyed the same music in spite of the wide age group. I think it’s safe to say “Tower of Power proved no generation music”. After the concert, we had the opportunity to personally meet Tower of Power. What a luxury event this is!… It was a great opportunity for big fans. In fact, one of my friends who really loves soul music said to me that this event was unbelievable. On the other hand, for those people who don’t know much about soul music, this is an event not to be missed! The reason is that this music is easier to be enjoyed than what you might expect. I have already mentioned before but I’ll say it again. There is no generation boundary to enjoying T.O.P.! If you enter their world once, you will understand what I am talking about. Open up your view, and just try it! I took the subway back from Osgoode station, but all the way back home my heart was racing. I felt happy but words cannot express this feeling.

6月20日、土曜日の夜、ダウンタウンの一角にあるNathan Phillips SquareにてTower of Powerのコンサートは行われた。急ぎ足でosgoode駅に降り立った私は、そこからでも聞こえてくる大きな音を聞いただけで胸の鼓動が早くなった。会場に着くと案の定ボックス席らしきものも含め客席は人で埋め尽くされ、外で立ってみている人もいるくらいだった。幸運にもステージにほど近い席を見つけることができたので、そこに座ってコンサートに混ざった。 周知の事実ではあるが、Tower of Powerは豊富な経験と独自のソウルミュージックスタイルを持っている。ので、期待は高まるのは当然である。そのコンサートで彼らはその期待を悠々と飛び越えて見せていた。T.O.P.は私たちの心を鷲づかみにして離すことなく飽きさせなかった。実際何度立ち上がって叫んだかは覚えていない。私はコンサート中のある一曲をはっきりと覚えている。(曲名が思い出せないのが残念なのだが、、)なぜならその曲は私を感情的にさせてしまうほどだったからだ。リードボーカルのRay Greeneは本当に素晴らしい。彼の声と身振りはとても甘くセクシーだった。さらに、その歌声にメンバーの奏でる滑らかなメロディーとコーラスが非常に混ざり合って、その絶妙なハーモニーは優しく心を締め付けていき、その曲が終わったとき私はほとんど泣いていたに等しかった。 加えて、エネルギッシュだったホールの空気感にも言及しておきたい。コンサートに赴く前までは、私の考えであるが、この手の音楽はこの音楽が青春時代だった人たちとこの音楽に興味がある人だけのものなのかと思っていた。が、この考えは完全に間違いだった。観客には若い人から年配の方まですべての年代の人がいた。T.O.P.の音楽は確実に観客たちに向かって、身体を揺らしたり、立ち上がらせたり、踊らさせたりする力を与えていた。私は幅広い年齢層にも関わらずあの場にいた人たちがひとつの同じ音楽を楽しんでいたことに驚いた。「Tower of PowerはNo Generation Musicであることを証明した」と言っていいと私は思う。 コンサートが終わると、Tower of Powerに直に会える機会が設けられていた。なんて贅沢なイベントなんだろう…!大ファンには間違いなく絶好の機会だったろう。実際の所、ソウルミュージックを愛してやまない私の友達の一人はこのイベントは本当にあり得ないほどすごいとこぼしていた。だが、一方でそんなにこの音楽に詳しくない人にとっ ても絶好の機会だったのではないかと私は言いたい。 ソウルミュージックは思っているほど敷居は高くない。このことについては既に言及済みであるが、もう一度念押しのためにも言っておきたい。T.O.P.を楽しむのに世代なんて関係ない!これは彼らの世界に一度飛び込んでしまえば、否応なしに理解できるはずである。視野を広げて試してみるべし。Osgoode駅からサブウェイに乗り、帰宅する途中、まだ鼓動が早く打ち付ける中、あのなんとも言い難い幸せな気分と初夏の兆しを感じた。

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Tower of Power

Tower of Power

Tower of Power

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Tower of Power
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http://www.towerofpower.com

For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band’s leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as “Urban Soul Music.”

Tower’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.

Emilio Castilio – Sax
Ray Greene – Lead Vocal
Tom Politzer – Sax
Doc Kupka – Sax
Sal Cracciola – Trumpet
Adolfo Acosta – Trumpet
Herman Matthews – Drums
Rocco Prestia – Bass
Jerry Cortez E. – Guitar
Roger Smith – Keyboards

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Date:
June 20, 2015
Time:
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$49
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