Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“The horn is perhaps the least efficient instrument of the brass family, but it produces the most beautiful sound of all.”
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, TOP, as in...
From the Tower of Power website:
"For the past 44 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as 'Urban Soul Music.'
"Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
"Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world."
Their tour brings the band to Potawatomi in Milwaukee two weeks from tonight on March 22.
Tonight, we feature some of their music that fits into our weekly theme of smooth and mellow. How can that be given Tower of Power's signature tight, blaring sound that could knock down walls?
Music like their best instrumental, performed here on the David Letterman show.
Steve "Doc" Kupka plays a mean baritone sax.
Challenging to find soft music from this bunch?
Are you kidding!
There's plenty in Tower of Power's body of work that will allow us to smoooooooth things out and not blow out your windows. And they may, just may perform some of these in concert at Potawatomi.
Tomorrow we set the clocks forward but tonight we roll the clocks back to the 70's.
This one is called "Time Will Tell."
You can understand the lyrics.
I miss those times.
Here’s one of my favorites, arranged by trumpeter Greg Adams and laced with wonderful strings.
That’s it for this week’s Friday night segment.
Have a great weekend.
We close with the band playing one of their popular ballads on Soul Train.
Cut loose, please.