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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

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

Montoya Replaces Stranded Musselwhite at Admiral

Up a few minutes ago at

Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, stranded in Europe by the continuing misbehavior of Iceland’s Hekla Volcano, won’t get to Bremerton for his scheduled April 23 concert at the Admiral Theatre.
The theater announced Monday morning that Musselwhite would be a no-show, and would be replaced by California blues guitarist Coco Montoya and his band. Show time and ticket prices remain the same.
Montoya is a 10-year veteran of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers prior to his solo career. The left-hander — who plays a guitar strung for a right-handed player — learned his blues style from Albert Collins while he was playing drums in Collins’ band in the mid-1970s.
He released his seventh solo CD, “I Want It All Back,” earlier this year.
Information: (360) 373-6743,

More later …  — MM

It’s an art exhibit! No, it’s a newsstand! Hey, it’s BOTH !!

Call to Artists
Proposals are now being accepted for “The First and Next 75 Years with News in Art,” a celebration of the Kitsap Sun’s 75th anniversary. The mission of prospective artists is to transform a Kitsap Sun newsstand vending machine into a functioning piece of art; 12 proposals will be selected, and the finished newsstands will be on display from July 15 to Aug. 1 at Collective Visions Art Gallery in Bremerton, then be placed into service throughout the Sun’s service area. Portion of sales from these newsstands will benefit designated nonprofit organizations through 2010. Selected artists will receive $100 each to offset material expense, and $1,200 prize money will be awarded. Send statement of interest, with contact information, rough sketch of concept and brief description, to Celebrating/News in Art, Kitsap Sun, 545 Fifth St., Bremerton, WA. 98337. Information: Mike Stevens, (360) 792-3350,

Yours (“I don’t know art but I know what I like!”) truly will serve as juror. All bribes accepted ’round back (just kidding) …

More later …  — MM

‘Supernanny’ Wants to Wrangle Your Kids

ABC has announced that the casting team from the reality series “Supernanny” is preparing to invade Washington, looking for families to “star” in Season Six.

The producers are looking for families from every type of background who are ready for “the opportunity of a lifetime — a visit from America’s No. 1 nanny, Jo Frost. In the show, Frost uses her behavioral techniques to teach parents how to control their kids.

Interested moms and dads who need help  with their out-of-control kids — and who think they would look good on television — can apply by calling (323) 904-4680, extension 1025, or e-mailing

Those of you with perfect Stepford Children … never mind.

More later …  — MM