Tower of Power added to Admiral season

Tower of Power, who started off funkafizing the San Francisco East Bay area back in 1968 and became international hitmakers, will play at the Admiral Theatre on Jan. 26, the theater announced via their Facebook page.

The Tuesday evening show will start at 7 p.m., with casual-menu eats available after the doors open at 6. Tickets range from $75 on the main floor to $20 in the upper balcony.

With hits like “What Is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” Tower of Power was one of the most influential of the bands that rose from the San Francisco scene in the late 1960s. Through more than 40 years and a number of personnel changes, the band has continued to tour heavily, including annual visits to the Pacific Northwest (they do an annual Thankband2_smsgiving-week residency at Jazz Alley in Seattle), where they’ve always been favorites.

The current incarnation of the band includes original members Emilio Castillo (tenor sax and vocals), Steve Kupka (baritone sax), Francis Rocco Prestia (bass) and David Garibaldi (drums). Roger Smith (keyboards), Tom E. Politzer (tenor sax), Adolpho Acosta (trumpet), Jerry Cortez (guitar), Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet) and Ray Greene (lead vocals) fill out the lineup.

Quoting the Admiral’s release:

“TOP toured with Sly Stone and Creedence Clearwater Revival, creating traffic jams when they started to headline their own shows. They performed on records with Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Dionne Warwick, and influenced a generation of musicians (including Sting, who has told Emilio Castillo, founder of the group, that he once had a “Tower of Power clone band” before he formed The Police). In the 1980s, they backed Huey Lewis and the News on world tours. They continued to play their own music in between Lewis’s gigs.

“Tower of Power is experiencing a renaissance, touring most of every year and packing venues in the United States, the Pacific Rim, and all over Europe with its audience of new and old fans. On June 6, 2004, The California Music Association inducted Tower of Power with a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited their 2003 Sony Legacy anthology Havin’ Fun as soul/R&B album of the year, beating out releases by En Vogue and Raphael Saadiq. When asked to describe the band’s music, former Tower saxophonist Lenny Pickett, now musical director for the Saturday Night Live band says, “TOP is the world’s best rhythm and blues band.” In reality, TOP’s horn-driven, in-your-face sound is all its own.”

I’ve seen TOP a number of times over the years (although never on this side of the Sound), and have never been disappointed. Looking forward to getting back to the fun(k).

Information: 36-373-6743,

— MM

Changing Scene auditions for “Summerplay” players

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest will hold auditions for “Summerplay 2012:  A Festival of New Works” on Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm at The Bremerton Eagles Aerie 192, 205 6th Street, in Bremerton.  Readings from the scripts.  Needed are actors and actresses of all ages and types.  Questions/Information:  360-813-1820 or find us on Facebook:

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Clapton’s ‘Crossroads’ Festival Screened on Bainbridge

Couldn’t get to Chicago for Eric Clapton‘s annual star-studded Crossroads Festival, huh? But can you make it to Bainbridge Island?

Read on …

“On July 27 in more than 475 movie theaters nationwide, including the Bainbridge Cinemas at 403 Madison Ave. N, Eric Clapton will join some of the greatest musical artists in the world in a star-studded, extraordinary concert presentation. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. local time, “Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010” will feature musical performances recorded at the day-long Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.—.a sold-out concert that took place in Chicago’s Toyota Park on June 26.

Tickets for the “Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010” in-theater event are available at participating theater box offices and online at  See below for a list of theater locations in your area. (theaters and participants are subject to change)

For many music fans across the country, this special two-hour HD event will be the only chance they have to see historic performances from Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, BB King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Bill Murray and many others.

Watch Kitsap A&E and for showtimes.

More later …  — MM

Latin Rhythms Will Emanate From The Source

This from our friends at the Admiral Theatre:

Deseo Carmin will perform their favorite Latin American and original songs in a 7 p.m. show June 10 at The Source, in downtown Bremerton on Fifth Street, adjacent to the Admiral Theatre.
Wielding flamenco guitars and propulsive percussives, frontwoman Stella Rossi and bandmates Fernando Allende and Andre Stomma make music rife with Latin American and Spanish rhythms that is both listenable and danceable.
General admission tickets are $20. Information: (360) 373-6743,

More later …  — MM

Changing Scene Returns With Plans for ‘Summerplay’

From the Flamethrower’s Local Theater calendar (conveniently located at

Changing Scene
Theatre Northwest

3711 Cartier Dr., Bremerton, (360) 813-1820, The Changing Scene is accepting unproduced one-Act scripts for “Summerplay 2010: A Festival of New Works.” SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1. Electronic submissons preferred in either pdf or doc format, to Mail hard-copy submissions to The Changing Scene
Theatre Northwest, 3711 Cartier Dr., Bremerton, WA. 98312. Plays should be no longer than 30 minutes in length. Please note that plays with fewer characters and minimal sets will be more likely selected due to the portable nature of “Summerplay” this year, although all materiel will be considered.

More later …  — MM

Splat! Admiral Adds Gallagher Show

This from our friends at the Admiral Theatre:


Thursday, June 24, 2010
Show: 8 pm


Gallagher will shower the audience with humor, pureed fruit salad and other food groups. More than flying bits of food, Gallagher’s show incorporates intelligent social and political commentary as only he can deliver. Add to this oddball props and you have the ingredients of one of the most calculating performers in the entertainment world!

You may want to show up “Pre-Gallagherized” in your raincoat, goggles, sunglasses and umbrellas if you purchase tickets in the “Sledge Zone.” Gallagher gives 100 percent before and during the Sledge-O-Matic show, posing for pictures and signing autographs. Flash photography is allowed and encouraged for THIS SHOW ONLY.

Sledge Zone Reserved (Main Floor Front & Center) $50;
Main Floor Reserved (non-Sledge Zone) $40;
Loge Reserved $30; Balcony Reserved $25

Information: (360) 373-6743,

More later …  — MM

Makepeace Brothers Booked into the Source

This from our friends at the Admiral Theatre:

The Source Presents: The Makepeace Brothers

BREMERTON – The Makepeace Brothers will be performing one night only at the Admiral Theatre’s new performing space, The Source, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7 p.m.  General Admission Tickets are $20.

Known for their timeless and infectious harmonies and breezy “front-porch rifts” which inspire fans to sing and dance, the Makepeace Brothers thrill crowds worldwide. Since completing their international tour, “Music Magic Makepeace” with Atlantic Records recording artist Jason Mraz, the Makepeace Brothers continue to play to enthusiastic audiences around the US, Canada, and the UK. Their extensive catalog of upbeat songs, from their self-titled debut album, including “Things Gonna Wait” and “I Can Always Do It” get fans up and dancing while songs “Hero” and “Lovely” serve as anthems to their message of love, one world, peace, and consciousness.

Tickets and information: (360) 373-6743, The box office is at 515 Pacific Ave. in downtown Bremerton, and is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.  The Source is located on Fifth Street around the corner from the Admiral Theatre.

More later …  — MM