Energy Music Theatre turned into time capsule on Wednesday night, July 9, blasting back in time with a mash-up of music from the ’80s (Journey), ’70s (the Steve Miller Band) and ’60s (Tower of Power) — and, of course, references to the venue as the Pine Knob they all played at decades ago.
During more than three hours of music, in fact, there were only two songs played from this century. Suffice to say the old school ruled — which is exactly what the near-capacity crowd was there for, anyway... Read More
Steve Miller, Journey bring different sounds to First Niagara Pavilion
For fans of San Francisco Bay area music, First Niagara Pavilion was the place to be Friday as 1970s stalwarts Tower of Power, the Steve Miller Band and Journey graced the stage.
Interestingly enough, the bands’ origins and extensive catalogs are all they had in common, as they all play different styles of music.
Mr. Miller and company opened with “Jungle Love,” dropped in key a step-and-a-half from the original, and his lead vocals seemed a little weak throughout the set — of course, he was never a true belter anyway — but the harmony vocals were consistently strong and made up for it. The end of “Take the Money and Run” featured a “piano” solo from Joseph Wooten that recalled Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Billy Powell on “Sweet Home Alabama,” which features similar chord changes... Read More
Journey, Steve Miller, and Tower of Power Light up SPAC
When Tower of Power took the stage, the amphitheater was still empty. The tailgating crowd outside didn’t quite understand what they were missing. While Tower of Power isn’t a household name like Steve Miller or Journey, their talents are definitely on par. The smart music fans were already in their seat when the show started and were blessed by waves of talent and soul a mile deep, drowning in goodness. Hits like “Soul Vaccination” and “What is Hip?” got even the band’s newest fans on their feet to feel the soul power overtaking Saratoga Saturday night. Equipped with a new lead singer, Ray Greene, and the traditional line-up of saxes, trumpets, trombones, along with a solid backline of drums, guitar and bass, Tower of Power brings the energy and great music every night..... Read More
Joseph Wooten on coming home and flying like an eagle
Monday, December 16th was a special day in more ways than one. Not only were the Wooten Brothers rolling into Buffalo for the second to last show of their surprise reunion tour, but unbeknownst to them, they’d also receive an award for their contributions to music and the local community... Read More
Wooten Brothers in Buffalo Tonight and Beyond – Interview with Joseph Wooten
When the four Nashville-based Wooten Brothers arrive in Buffalo today to play the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St, downtown, showtime 8pm, $34), they’ll bring more than just Grammys and a status as world-renowned aces of their respective instruments. Rooted in their unique family brand of funk and soul, brothers Victor, Roy aka Futureman, Regi and honorary Buffalonian Joseph bring a warm, nurturing vibe that transcends sound and shoots straight to the soul. To put it frankly and personally for the sake of making the point, I rarely listen to recordings of bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, but he has been for 16 years one of my favorite musicians to see live, so captivating are both his jaw-dropping playing and peaceful, easy demeanor... Read More
Wooten Brothers Interview
News pop music critic Jeff Miers interviewed the Wooten Brothers before their concert at The Tralf on Monday. Footage of the concert is included.
Musical families have been around in the business for quite some time with last names like Jackson, Dylan, and Marley indicating an extensive lineage of artists. There have been few that have the collective talent the Wooten Brothers possess. While not as known as some of the aforementioned examples, Victor, Joseph, Roy, and Regi have already left a lasting mark in the industry and continue to widen their influence today... Read More
Wooten Brothers share music and life lessons at Denbigh High
NEWPORT NEWS — A Grammy-winning band of brothers on Tuesday brought their soaring musical talent back to one of the places where it first took flight, Denbigh High School in Newport News.
"We used to come here in a school bus. Today, we came in a tour bus," said a smiling Roy "Future Man" Wooten. "That kind of puts it in perspective. It's nice."
Today, he and brothers Regi, Joseph and Victor are Nashville-based musicians known for supporting stars such as Whitney Houston, Steve Miller, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Béla Fleck. In the 1970s and early 1980s, all four brothers graduated from Denbigh High... Read More
It’s rare that all four are able to play together, though, but next month they’re setting out on a 13-date tour together that will bring them to The Birchmere Dec. 11. The brothers will be playing from their repertoire, including some of the songs they performed as children, for an evening featuring jazz, R&B, and pop and showcasing the mastery and musicianship each has achieved with his given instrument... Read More
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new group in Buffalo is determined to help the community through one act: love.
They call themselves "Love It Forward," and on Saturday evening they're throwing their first event at St. John's Grace Church. It's donation-based, and funds will go toward creating a place youth in the inner city can express themselves in a positive way – through music.
Joseph Wooten, keyboardist with The Steve Miller Band, has joined the cause and has even been playing music with some inner city student... Read More