Wednesday, June 30, 2010

17 Year Old Sits in with Tower Of Power

This past Saturday Night found me in the East Bay Area town of Pleasanton catching the 8PM Tower Of Power concert at the Alameda County Fair. Earlier my wife and I poked our heads in at the 6PM show to find that it was packed, standing room only. We made a decision at 6:30 to get in line for the 8PM show. We were joined by some friends of ours. Seating for the 8PM show began around 7:30, so we all made our way to the fifth row, right in front of where the Tower’s horn sections is set to play.

Not long after sitting down (bench seating), a group of people that included two young girls, and a young man 15-18 years old, sat next to my wife. OK seems un-related, but this will have a tie in shortly. The Tower show was excellent and the band was firing on all cylanders. Being that this is Tower’s home turf, there were lots of band member friends, and family in the stands, the energy was high. Its now the end of the show and Tower is wrapping it up with their the classic “What Is Hip?”, before the song begins, Larry Braggs makes mentions that Tower has a “farm team” and they bring out the young man that was sitting next to my wife, with trumpet in hand. Yes, I looked over did a double take, and realized that he was now on stage.

The young man turns out to be Josh Shpak a student of Mic Gillette’s. Not only did Josh sit in for “What Is Hip?’, but he played with the band for the encore ‘You’re Still A Young Man”. While Josh was on stage I happened to look over at the two girls that were originally sitting with Josh, they were now standing on the bench, and the look of joy and pride on there faces was priceless. Doing some research, I have found out that Josh is a 17 year old Junior at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. He has also studied in the past with the renowned “Clark Terry”. In fact, Mic Gillette of Tower Of Power sent me an email saying that “Josh is spending this week with trumpet god, Clark Terry at his home in Arkansas”.

Lets all keep an eye on Josh, his future looks very bright.

Below is a video of Josh sitting in with Tower.

TOP Ten signs long weekend in Mexico was a mistake By Al Carlos

10.Drank a gallon of local Kool Aid, price of TP went up to one million pesos per roll.
9. Mexican Immigration arrested your uncle because he looks like Jan Brewer.

8. Your SUV was perfectly described in a popular Narco Corrido.

7. Got your nose caught in an accordion during a drunken sing along.

6. Your Lengua (Tongue) sandwich licked you back.

5. They kidnapped your Mother in Law, paid you to take her back.

4. Tried to speak Spanish now engaged to the Mayors transgender cousin.

3. In celebration of the World Cup, Someone painted your face with ink, now your passport is useless.

2. Went para sailing on the beach and got a Pelican stuck in your shorts.

1. Tijuana Dentist made your front false teeth look like Chicklets.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Herman Matthews joins East Bay Soul

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2010- Los Angeles, CA- East Bay Soul welcomes its newest member, the dynamic Herman Matthews. His musical contributions will undoubtedly enrich the creativity toward the measure of excellence that East Bay Soul enjoys.
Greg Adams says, “The first time I played with Herman was at the Tower of Power 40th reunion show at The Fillmore. After the first song, I knew I wanted to work with him one day. Exquisite grooves!”
Matthews credits for performances and recordings come from a long list that include Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Tower Of Power, David Foster, Michael McDonald, Phillip Bailey, Sheryl Crow, "Baby Face" Edmonds, Herbie Hancock, Steven Stills, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Patty Austin, Chaka Chan, Carol King, Ronnie Millsap, Bill Champlain, Maxi Priest, and Diane Reeves. Herman has also played for President  Bill Clinton on three occasions as well as Nelson Mandela.
Herman will also join Greg Adams in the mix of his other touring configurations with the first shows starting July 2010
07/23/10- Seal Beach, CA Spaghettini Jazz Club
Greg Adams Band with East Bay Soul vocalist Darryl Walker 8PM
07/24/10- Laguna Beach, CA Festival Of The Arts
Greg Adams Band with East Bay Soul vocalist Darryl Walker 1PM
08/05/10- Lake Arrowhead, CA Jazz in Blue Jay; Greg Adams Band 7PM
09/02/10- Boston MA Scullers Jazz Club- East Bay Soul 8PM
09/18/10- Seal Beach CA Spaghetttini Jazz Club-East Bay Soul 8PM
10/08/10- Avalon, CA Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival-East ay Soul 9PM
To learn more about East Bay Soul and find tour dates, please visit
     For more information please contact Andrea Adams at ALM Management
               Phone: 818.609.9528   E- mail:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eric Bolvin CD release party June 26th

From Eric Bolvin:

I am happy to announce the release of “No Boundaries” on Innervision Records. This is my first label release and I am very excited about it. To hear samples and see the cool CD art-

Please join us on June 26 as we perform LIVE at Senzala in Sunnyvale (CA.).

Joining me will be:

Mike Renwick- guitar & vocals
David Perper- drums
Chris Durbin- keys
Ken Okada- bass has been running Eric's first release from the new CD "Late Night Call",  we will be adding more songs this next coming week.

Friday, June 18, 2010

TOP Ten ways Fathers day can be awkward if Dad is a Raider fan By Al Carlos

10. Your 7 step brothers from 7 Mothers are all named Al Davis.

9. Swears that he is from Oakland Jalisco Mexico DF.

8. They stole his identity in the morning, that afternoon he had it back, along with a truckload of DVD players and flat screens.

7. He waxed his Escalade with your English teacher’s toupee; he snatched at parent’s night.

6. When you say Happy Father’s day he says that’s what you think pin head.

5. He used the Armani tie you gave him as a headband and drank the cologne.

4. Will not apologize for wearing a pirate suit to your College Graduation.

3. You took him fishing, instead of a pole, he brought a Glock.

2. He used the sweater you gave him as a diaper for his Igunana.

1. Thinks you have gender identification issues becasue you went to a 49er game once.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Play List added plus music from Eric Bolvin, Mike Finnegan, & Michael Grimm

Eric Bolvin's newest CD "no boundries" has just been released.  We are currently playing the first single from "no boundries" titled "Late Night Call".  You can purchase the CD by going directly to Eric's web site

Also new to us here at HornDrivenRadio, is a song that Mike Finnegan performed in 1966 with the band "The Serfs" called "Bread and Water".  An MP3 of this song can be purchased from Mike's web site at Mike Finnegan Music.

In our current rotation are two songs sung by America's Got Talent contestant Michael Grimm.  The songs are  "You Don't Know Me" a song Michael sings on Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns CD "Let The Healing Begin" and a single cover of the classic "I've Been Loving You".  For more info on Michael go to or Santa Fe go to

The complete play list can be seen below, in artist order and not order of play.

Afroskull\Space Chicken
Ain't No Thang\Late Nite Party Boys
Al Kooper\Id Rather Be An Old Mans Sweetheart (Than A Young Mans Fool)
Anna King\That's When I Cry
Anthony Setola\Oakland And Back
Arthur Prysock\I've got the blues so bad 2
Average White Band\School Boy Crush
Back To Basic\Solid Soul
Band of Oz\Wall to Wall
Bernie Worrell\Rock The House
Big Band Der Bundeswehr\Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
BIG HORNS BEE\Vamp Intro (Reprise)
Bill Bergman & The Metro Jets\The Metro 3:30 A.M.
Bill Champlin\Stone Cold Hollywood
Bill Evans\The Shorty Shuffle
Blast\Do it 'till dawn
Blood, Sweat & Tears\You've Made Me So Very Happy
Bobby Purify\What's Old To You
Bobby Wayne\Soul's Got A Sound
Bona Fide\The Horse You Came In On
Bononia Sound Machine\Can You Feel It
Bradley Leighton\Café Con Leche
Brand New Heavies\Have A Good Time
Brandon Fields\Grapevine
Brecker Brothers\Sneakin' Up Behide You
Carmen Grillo\Dr. In The House
Chad Rager Groove\Whipping Post
Charles Wells\My Little Feel Good
Charles Wright\Love Land
Chase\Open Up Wide
Chester Thompson\Power House
Chickenhawks\Pocky Way
Clayton/Scott Group\Color Of Love
Darrell Nulisch\My Baby's Gone
Daryl Hall\Cab Driver
Dave Brubeck\Take Five
Dyke & The Blazers\Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man...
East Bay Soul\Jump, Shout & Holler
Elvin Bishop\Travelin' Shoes
Eric Bolvin\Late Night Call
Eric Miyashiro\Ken's Bar
Euge Groove\Let's Get It On
Fishbelly Black\Black Coffie
Five Alarm Funk\Don Mega
Fred Ross\Love, Love, Love
Gerald Albright\Hey Young World
Greg Adams\East Bay Soul
Gregg Allman\Slip Away
Jack Mack & Heart Attack\Hooray For City
Jay Soto\Slammin'
Jimmy Hall\Wonderful Girl
John Shipley\If You're Not Callin' You're Askin'
Jon Burr\Another Kind of Love
Little Willie John\All Around The World
Louise Hoffsten\Shut Up And Kiss Me
Lowell Fulson\Black Nights
Lynyrd Skynyrd\Whats Your Name
Maceo & The Macks\Soul Power '74
Maceo Parker\Southwick
Manu Dibango\Soul Makossa
Marcus Miller\Frankenstein
Mark Dolin\Can't Stop Thinkin' About Ya
Max Carl & Big Dance\Show Me The Money
Maynard Ferguson\Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Melba Moore\Lift every voice and sing
Memphis Horns\Soul Bowl
Men From U.N.C.L.E.\Knock On Wood/Studio
Michael Grimm\I've Been Loving You
Molasses\Straight From The Players
Natalie Cole\This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Newtone\In The Beginning
Pat O'Donnell Group\Tee Time featuring Blvd. East
Paulo Mendoca\Respect
Pee Wee Ellis\How I Depend On You
Pete Escovedo\Flying South
Players Association\Let's Groove
Poncho Sanchez\Shotgun Slim
Prime Time Funk\Use Me
Ray Charles\Still Crazy After All These Years
Ridin' Thumb\Do The Boomeloom
Rippopotamus\Fanfare Of Funk
Roger Smith\Horn-Afication
Roy Buchanan\Potato Peeler
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns\Take My Heart Away
Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns\You Don't Know Me
Scott Martin\Fried Neckbones
Sonny Charles And The Checkmates, LTD.\Black Pearl
Steve Ferrone's Farm Fur\Pick Up The Pieces
Strokeland Superband\When Will Colin Powell Write His Tell All Book
The Butanes Soul Revue\Victim of circumstances
The Chops Band\Up For The Downstroke
The Lincolns\Don't Fight It
The Mellow Fellows\I've Got To Find A Way
The Serfs Featuring Mike Finnigan\Bread and Water
The Super Groovers\Super Groover
Tom Scott\Saxappella
Tony Adamo\Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Tower of Power\Come To A Decision
Tower Of Power\Flash In The Pan
Tower Of Power\Pocketful Of Soul
Various Artists\I Can Take Care of Myself
Various Artists\Standing On Shaky Ground - Delbert McClinton
Various\Jimmy Hall w/LA Reflection Section / Higher And Higher
Wayne`Buttery and the Groove\Let The Good Times Roll
Willie Hutch\Lucky To Be Loved By You
Zen Blues Quartet\What A Life

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

This Thursday Two Great Shows, Two Great Cities

Las Vegas:

This Thursday night Larry Braggs will be appearing with the Lon Bronson All-Star Band. From Lon Bronson "Lead singer extraordinaire of Tower Of Power, Mr. Larry Braggs, will be our guest Artist next Thursday night. You do not want to miss this rare appearance by arguably one of the best R&B singers ever, anywhere. That's Thursday, June 10th at GVR, 9pm-11pm".

Event: Larry Braggs of Tower Guest Stars!
Start Time: Thursday, June 10 at 9:00pm
End Time: Thursday, June 10 at 11:00pm
Where: Green Valley Ranch

For more information on Lon Bronson go to :

Larry is in town with Tower Of Power at the South Point Casino this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. For more information contact the South Point at

San Francisco:

East Bay Soul will be making their first appearance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. The show is at 8 PM and tickets are $20 advance, $25 at-the-door. For more info on this show go to :

For more information on East Bay Soul go to