ALAMEDA -- Rooster's Roadhouse Barbeque Restaurant and music club will host a benefit concert Saturday for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Singer Rick Stevens, one of the original vocalists for Tower of Power and the voice behind "You're Still A Young Man" and "What Is Hip," will headline with the band Love Power. Along with Love Power will be Delbert Ojeda's local band, Patron Latin Rhythms, with their funk-Latin-mambo-salsa-old school grooves.
In addition, Yvette Salas with her band, Smooth Groove, will perform. Special guest vocalists will include Diane de Mesa, Amanda Alegado and Shirley Delgado. The master of ceremonies for the event will be Alameda musician Amado Tuazon and Michelle Delgado.
"This is my first time organizing a benefit concert," Tuazon said. "I felt like I was nudged by God to use my resources. I just felt so helpless after the typhoon, hearing and seeing all of the suffering of the people and all the destruction. Then I got a phone call from Jocelyn, at Rooster's Roadhouse, and she said to me, 'Amado, we should do a benefit.' Then I said, 'I was thinking about December 14.' When she said, 'Wow! That's exactly the date I have available,' it was all so uncanny and meant to be.
"When I started calling my musician friends, all of them responded with, 'We are totally with you and will support you 100 percent,' I knew it had to be organized," Tuazon said.
Tuazon described Love Power as a nine-piece band with four horn players, in the Tower of Power funk, rhythm and blues style. They play funk and soul and perform many of the Tower of Power standards such as "What Is Hip," "Funkifize," and of course, "You're Still A Young Man."
Patron Latin Rhythms is a band that Tuazon previously performed with. The band leader is Delbert Ojeda and the band is based in Union City. They play Latin-based music, a fusion of Latin, rock and soul. Salas with her band, Smooth Groove, perform contemporary popular dance music.
Special guests Diane de Mesa, Amanda Alegado and Shirley Delgado are solo vocalists who will be performing between the two bands.
"As a young kid growing up in Alameda, I practiced for hours to Tower of Power tunes. I never imagined I would be playing today with a former member of the band. It is quite a thrill and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity," Tuazon said.
There will be raffle gifts offered to anyone who donates $20 or more to the Red Cross on Saturday.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and
the benefit concert begins
at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Rooster's Roadhouse is at 1700 Clement St., Alameda. For more information, call 510-337-9190.