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  • Average White Band to funk up the Grand Opera House

  • Arguably the greatest funk band of all-time will gig in Delaware on Saturday.
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  • They're known around the world as one of the greatest funk and soul bands to ever hit the stage.
    They've delivered smash hits like "Pick up the Pieces," "Cut the Cake" and "Work to Do".
    They're Scotland's legendary Average White Band, and they're coming to The Grand on Saturday. The funky crew will share the bill with California's Tower of Power.
    Far from 'Average'
    Perhaps most recognized for their timeless tune "Pick Up the Pieces," the Average White band's strength actually lies in its accomplished song-writing abilities, which spans several gold-selling albums and multiple Grammy nominations.
    Despite their Scottish roots, AWB (founded in the early '70s) has taken the influences of their r&b heroes — greats like Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Donny Hathaway — and created their own authentic sound.
    The band's popular tunes have made appearances in ample films and TV shows such as: "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Saturday Night Live," "Superman II," "Next Friday" and "The Bernie Mac Show."
    It's to the Average White Band's credit that the guys don't live it to their name — because their gripping tunes are anything but run-of-the-mill.
    'Power' to the people
    For the past 44 years, Tower of Power has been crafting their own brand of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has been delivering their unique tunes to their fans and appearing before sold-out crowds as they tour the world each year.
    The band's biggest hits include "You're Still A Young Man", "So Very Hard To Go" and "Soul with a Capitol S".
    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.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Average White Band and Tower of Power in concert
    WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20
    WHERE The Grand, 818 North Market St., Wilmington
    COST $38-$43
    INFO thegrandwilmington.org or 652-5577

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