It may look like Carlos Santana has a confined and short setlist, but he has no problem extending songs where appropriate and jamming out with all original compositions. The artist’s setlist is surprisingly concrete, with only a few minor changes per evening. The most significant change is the addition of “Right on be Free” which is a masterful epic, sometimes placed in the middle of the set. The artist infrequently performs his jam, “Samba Pa Ti,” but he breaks it into two parts and adds “Europa” in the middle. It is a pure adventure, and he either does this explicitly or just jams along right into “Good Morning Little School Girl.”
It is the end of the set which is pretty similar every time out. This includes the closing of his main set with his Rob Thomas duet, “Smooth.” He often closes with the double whammy of “Soul Sacrifice” and “Saideira,” making his self-titled album one of the most represented albums live next to Supernatural.
Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen
Oye Como Va
Total Destruction to Your Mind
Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)
Good Morning Little School Girl
How long is a Santana concert?
Santana is well known for playing extensive and prolonged sets, but because he is sharing the bill this time around, his set is a slightly more compact hour and fifteen minutes.
Who is opening the show?
Santana is actually co-headlining with the legendary Rod Stewart. Stewart’s live show has been hit and miss in recent years, which caused many to say that he needs to throw in the towel. Though his voice has certainly aged, he still as a domineering stage presence. He is also a fascinating fit with the guitar virtuoso, since he is almost strictly a vocalist, opposed to Santana who is almost strictly a guitarist.
Rod Stewart has been very quiet on the original recordings front. During the last decade and a half, Stewart mainly sticks to releasing albums of classic soul and rock covers. But his 2013 release, Time, ushered in a bit of a resurgence and third wind for the bluesy rock singer. Stewart performs just over an hour, and the pair split the co-headlining spot, rotating it out each event.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Santana’s tour?
You have a few options for presales, with the first through the popular American Express Entertainment platform. You must have an American Express card as well as an account with TicketMaster to gain access to more than reasonable presales.
Santana has a number of contacts on his official website channel, but most of them direct to fan club or merchandise inquiries. You can reach Michael Jensen, his current manager, through Jensen Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The artist is also connected with the Creative Artists Agency. The CAA is notoriously inaccessible, but you may have some luck contacting 424-288-2000 for their Beverly Hills, California based office where Santana is connected to the company.
“Santana and company delivered more than two and a half hours of stunning and stirring instrumental ferocity, mixing precision dynamics with loose, improvisational forays while still managing to touch on the crucial moments from his 40-year-plus catalog. The group has made many visits to the DTE (and Pine Knob) during its own 40-year history, but Sunday’s charged performance, on a hot and stuffy night, certainly ranked as one of its best.” – Gary Graff of the Oakland Press
“The guitar god’s set covered just about everything you needed to hear in a greatest-hits package. There was the two in one shot of Black Magic Woman and Gypsy Queen; his take on Tito Puente’s Oye Como Va; a few from his massively successful Supernatural album in Maria Maria and Smooth, a muscular take on Some Kind of Wonderful, a trip back to Woodstock.” – Tom Murrqay of the Edmonton Journal
“Santana hit the stage hot, in front of a colorful Aztec-designed screen, with Latin fusion fired by an 11-piece band with three drummers/percussionist, horns, singers Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay and, of course, his searing guitar work burning on top. He cast his spell with extended versions of classics “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va” that had you wondering how the ice below didn’t become a hot tub. God bless his 66-year-old fingers.” – Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Tour Opening Acts: Jose Feliciano
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