Category Archives: Live Music

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

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

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

Hersh Opens Olympic Music Fest Lineup July 3 and 4

The Olympic Music Festival‘s  2010 season will kick off July 3 with pianist Paul Hersh performing pieces by Debussy, Schumann, Mozart and Grieg.

Hersh’s solo concerts at 2 p.m. July 3 and 4 begin the festival’s eight-week season, which concludes Aug. 21 and 22 with Hersh joined by clarinetist Teddy Abrams and violist Mara Gearman.

Festival founder and music director Alan Iglitzin makes the first of six appearances in the Week 2 program, July 10 and 11, along with Hersh, bassist Stephen Schermer and the rest of the “Festival Quartet” — violinists Charles Wetherbee and Korine Fujiwara and cellist Clancy Newman.

Highlights of this year’s 27th season of “Concerts in the Barn” should include the Festival Quartet’s July 17 and 18 performances of quartets by Shostakovish, Beethoven and Dvorak; the July 24-25 Mozart Festival, with performances of the three “King of Prussia” quartets by Iglitzin, violinists Elisa Barston and Megumi Stohs and cellist Amy Barston; and another round of quartets by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Dvorak, performed on Aug. 7 and 8 by Iglitzin, violinists Stohs and Andrea Segar and cellist Jonathan Lewis.

The festival grounds, a former dairy farm that now plays host to donkeys, horses and extensive gardens in addition to the music programs, is located at 7360 Center Road north of Quilcene.

Tickets and information: (360) 732-4800,

For the entire 2010 concert lineup:

Admiral Adds Second ‘Bjorn Again’ Show

Bjorn Again … Again.

The Admiral Theatre, to no one’s surprise, has added a second show for the ABBA tribute “Bjorn Again: the ABBA Experience.”

The added show will be Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The original show is April 30 at 8 p.m., with a dinner option (served at 6:30 p.m. with reservations). But tickets for the original must’ve been getting pretty scarce, hence the second show.

Let’s think about this for a second … Death Cab couldn’t get a second show at the Admiral, so this is pretty impressive …

Ticket info is at (360) 373-6743 or

More later …  — MM

Olalla Bluegrass Festival About to Begin

The Gates opened at 11 a.m. for the 18th Olalla Bluegrass Festival at SE Olalla Valley Road and SE Hovgaard Road, and the music commences at noon.

Here’s the lineup:

Noon: The Eclectic Cloggers

1 p.m.: The Wiretappers

2 p.m.: The Berry Pie Auction (not a band; real berry pies; real auction)

2:30 p.m.: Urban Monroes

3:30 p.m.: Scotts Landing

4:30 p.m.: Whiskey Puppy

5:30 p.m.: Moe Dixon

7 p.m.: The Clumsy Lovers


More later …  — MM

Admiral Vets Chic Gamine Nominated for Award

Remembert Chic Gamine, who played at the Admiral Theatre last season and would be great to have back for a return visit? They sent me this news last week, while I was off on vacation:

“Chic Gamine has been honoured with a 2009 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for their self titled debut CD in the Roots Recording (group/duo) category!

“Chic Gamine has been selling its self titled debut CD independently at live shows, via their website and a few independent record shops over the last year with already several thousand copies having been sold. Earlier this year the group won the 2009 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for their debut. Their busy touring schedule has already taken them to major festival and theatre stages from California to New York, from Montreal to Washington and everywhere in-between. Recent weeks have seen the group perform at Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana and the Houston International Festival in Houston, Texas as well as the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. The summer months are filled with various festival engagements in America and across Canada including an upcoming hometown engagement on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre.

“The group is writing new material for the next recording between live performance activities this summer and planning to head into the recording studio again later this year, gearing up for a 2010 new release.”

More later … — MM