Grammy Award-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Santana put on a phenomenal concert show Wednesday night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The 74-thousand-plus concert attendees got all their money’s worth and more. Santana’s musical genius was on full display throughout the night highlighted by an array of instrumental prowess.
During his RodeoHouston concert debut, Santana took care in showcasing his extremely gifted band which included his wife Cindy Blackman on drums. From the first musical note, concert goers were transported back in time with classics like “Black Magic Women,” “Change Your Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va.” The upbeat music of the legendary Santana accompanied by guitars, bongos, tamborines, trombones, drums and percussions, had young and old alike dancing the night away.
Santana is by far one of the most talented musicians in the hemisphere; diverse, intense and mind blowing. You can’t stay still to his tunes from Black Magic Woman to Smooth! As a singer, I love his techniques….as a woman, I love the Man!” – Kijana Wiseman, www.kijana.com.
Born Carlos Santana in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico, his love for music was shaped and nurtured at an early age by his father, a mariachi musician. Santana learned to play the violin at the age five and the guitar at age eight. His love for the guitar grew into the Santana signature sound which mixes rock, salsa, blues and jazz.
Santana’s iconic standing in the music industry spans over five decades. His Latin and African rhythms have garnered over 100 million albums sold, along with a host of awards and accolades that include 10 Grammy and 7 Latin-Grammy Awards. Santana also holds the distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Latin artist with the best-selling album of all times; Supernatural.
A little known fact about Santana is his worldwide outreach initiative as co-founder of the charitable foundation Milagro (“Miracle”) started in 1998. This global foundation supports underrepresented and vulnerable children by promoting their growth in the arts, education and health.
Santana’s high energy, soulful and mesmerizing concert performance at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was clearly a memorable one. He is definitely a crowd-pleaser worthy of an early booking as part of the RodeoHouston 2020 Star Entertainer Lineup.