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Tower of Power featured in Carson City’s Concert Under the Stars

Karel C. Ancona
For the Nevada Appeal
Tower of Power is playing in Concert Under the Stars, a benefit for The Greenhouse Project.
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One night each year, John Street, adjacent to Cafe at Adele’s, is transformed into an intimate music venue for Concert Under the Stars, and for a few precious moments the air is filled with great music, a lot of love and laughter in order to raise money that continues The Greenhouse Project’s mission of educating the next generation of farmers and feeding the under served in the community.

Thursday, July 14, GHP welcomes Tower of Power, who for nearly 50 years has been creating and performing hit songs that are woven into the lives of a generation. Enjoy an evening of timeless classics such as “So Very Hard To Go,” “What Is Hip?” “Down To The Nightclub,” and “Soul With A Capital ‘S’.” Theirs is an extensive catalog of horn-based Rhythm and Blues showcasing the gift to the world that grew out of Oakland, Calif., and is often referred to as East Bay Funk. Call it what you will, Tower of Power’s music will have you grooving.

Ironically, both T.O.P. Drummer and one of the group’s core members, David Garibaldi and Chef Charlie Abowd at different times, have cited the show at Fillmore West as one of the high points of their musical lives. The three-night run took place in 1971, and has gone down in history as one of the great events staged by promoter Bill Graham.

“That was a big moment for us … I mean it was Aretha (Franklin) and King Curtis & The King Pins … all of our heroes. It was amazing, thrilling, we were so hungry and with musicians who graciously gave us their time,” David said. “It was another step in the journey; we wanted to be successful in what we were doing and in that moment we were.”

“I am an Oakland native, and that show was beyond amazing,” Charlie said. “I carry pieces of Oakland, that show and The Greenhouse Project in my heart every day, so this year’s concert is even more special than usual for me.”

To keep up on T.O.P.’s latest projects, touring schedule and more, visit them at http://www.towerofpower.com or on Facebook at Official Tower Of Power Band.

In addition to the live auction which takes place at the event proceeds which go to GHP and the silent auction benefiting Capital City FFA, a Memorial Scholarship honoring Chile Bartel is being established this year. Chile was a young man active in the arts and part of ChileBop productions, which was responsible for the annual Concert Under the Stars event that benefits The Greenhouse Project. John Procaccini and Kitty McKay are donating $500 toward a local music scholarship in Chile’s name (Chile Bartel’s Music Awareness Program). TGP will be taking pledges to match that donation.

Corporate sponsors include NVEnergy, Carson Tahoe Hospital, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Hop & Mae Adams Foundation, Gold Dust West Casino & Hotel in Carson City, and Cafe at Adele’s.

Remaining tickets cost $30 on sale now at http://www.carsoncitygreenhouse.org. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Cafe at Adele’s is located at 1112 N. Carson St., Carson City. For more information, call 775-882-3353.

Live Auction Items

Dinner for up to four people with the band. Have dinner with the band at Café at Adele’s immediately following the concert.

Private wine class for 20. Treat friends, family and fellow wine lovers to a private tasting in the classroom of the Total Wine & More Store. Donated by Fred and Brenda Schmidt. Value: $500.

One day photography field trip/workshop with Larry Burton-Outdoor Adventures, the buyer will work with Larry to select a date and location. Can be an individual or a couple and lunch and transportation are provided. Don’t forget your camera. Donated by Lindsey Chichester. Value: $450.

East Shore Lake Tahoe boat tour for two. Join Scott and Piper Smith for a fabulous East Shore Lake Tahoe boat tour including lunch and a semi-factual history lecture. Must be able to get in and out of a boat from the shore or a dock. Tour is subject to availability and weather conditions. If it’s warm, a swim from the boat is likely. Donated by Pam Graber and Jim Smolenski. Value: $200 minimum bid.

A fun-filled day for two at Lake Tahoe. Includes a $40 gift certificate for breakfast at the Artemis Lakefront Café at Ski Run Marina, a gift certificate for two one-hour, stand-up paddle boards form South Tahoe Stand-up Paddle, a $40 gift certificate for lunch at Freshies at South Lake Tahoe and a gift certificate for four to Wet Woody cocktails at the Riva Grill on Ski Run Boulevard, Lake Tahoe. Great way to spend a summer day! Donated by Howard Jenkins. Value: $500.

Sonoma Music Festival Concert package. A weekend of fantastic music at the Sonoma Music Festival for two, Oct. 7-9, featuring John Fogerty, Andy Velo, Steve Miller Band, Dave Mason, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, Greg Douglas Band, Toby Keith, and The Curly Wolf. Special assigned VIP seating for all concerts plus access to the exclusive VIP Pavilion which includes Wine Country buffet and cash wine/beer bar, two complimentary wine/beer/drink tickets per event and preferred parking and expedited entry. Event information is at http://www.sonomamusicfestival.com. Donated by Bruce Cohn Charity Events courtesy of John Procaccini. Value: $2,100.

Catered dinner for four in your home by Mitchell Tufts from Simple Fare Catering, also the Brewery Arts Center’s caterer to the stars. Donated by Mitchell Tufts courtesy of Amy Clemens. Value: $400.

Astrophotography on metal print. This photo taken at the Western Nevada College Jack C. Davis Observatory, by local photographer NAME Dykes, captures the airplane path of a local flight crossing one of the area’s spectacular summer full moons. Donated by the WNC Foundation courtesy of Niki Gladys. Value: $150.