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Spotlight 29 hosts Etta James

15 August 2008

COACHELLA, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Call it a jazz concert. No wait, a blues show. Maybe it's a funk jam. What label do you put on a show that stars legendary artists Etta James and Tower of Power? How about "the concert of the year?"

Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to welcome multiple Grammy winner, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary blues artist Etta James and the Roots Band on September 27. Also appearing are special guests Tower of Power, the band critics call "the premiere bastion of true soul and funk in modern music," who are on their 40th anniversary tour.

James' distinguished career spans five decades, making her a true legend in the recording industry. She is a three-time Grammy award winner, NARAS Lifetime Achievement, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer awardee and W.C. Handy Blues Foundation honoree, and even has her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. J

ames has an incredible list of landmark hits to her credit, including her signature tune, "At Last," along with "All I Could Do Was Cry," "My Dearest Darling," "Trust In Me," "Something's Got A Hold On Me," "Tell Mama," "Fool That I Am" and "Don't Cry Baby." In the 1960s, she had a run of charting records that ranked her as one of the most prolific female R&B vocalists of her era.

James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993, and two years later, she won her first Grammy, after nine previous nominations. Her second Grammy came in 2003 and her third in 2005 in the Traditional Blues Album category for the album Blues to the Bone.

With 40 years of recording and touring experience, critics still refer to Tower of Power as "a very contemporary sounding band." With a sound that is hard to describe and best just experienced, Tower of Power blends jazz, funk, rock and soul in a way no group ever has.

Formed in San Francisco during the city's psychedelic era, Tower of Power has toured and recorded with the industry's top names, including Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart and Dionne Warwick, and has influenced countless others across generations. The band continues to sell out venues across North America, Europe and Japan, drawing old and new fans, who will often plan their vacations around a Tower of Power concert.

Today the band is fronted by founders Emilio Castillo and Stephen "Doc" Kupka, along with Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Roger Smith, Tom E. Politzer, Adolfo Acosta, Michael (Iron Mike) Bogart and Mark Harper.

Tickets for Etta James and the Roots Band with Tower of Power are $85, $75, $65 and $55 and are available now at and at the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop or by calling (800) 585-3737. Show time is 8 p.m.

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