On their self-titled 1973 album, Tower of Power asked: What is Hip? — and they damn well knew their soulful, funky blend of horn-driven music was the answer. It still is for fans who have followed the band through lineup changes, if not stylistic ones. Originating out of Oakland, California, in 1968, the band’s polyglot sound served as an ideal soundtrack for turbulent times. Melding everything from sweet balladry to dance floor burners, Tower of Power made themselves the rare band as welcome at a rock festival as at a jazz nightclub. The band is celebrating 50 years on its current tour, so you can expect decades of favorites in the set list. And if you’re a superfan, consider the band’s Horn Clinic the afternoon of their headlining show, happening at SFCC Music Auditorium at 2 pm for just $10.
Tue, April 3, at 7:30 pm • $42-$75 • All ages • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • foxtheaterspokane.org • 624-1200
— Dan Nailen