Carlos Santana is hitting the road this summer with his longtime band, Santana. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted guitarist has announced a number of U.S. dates on the Transmogrify Tour, kicking off June 23 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash. The tour runs through Sept. 11 at House of Blues Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif., with more dates to be announced soon. The new dates can be found below.
To “transmogrify” means to transform in a magical or surprising way, and that certainly relates to Santana, who turns 70 in July. Over the course of a 50-year career, he’s gone from being the only performer at Woodstock without an album to his credit to a multiplatinum, Grammy-winning artist whose 1999 hit “Smooth” became one of the biggest songs of the decade. It’s become commonplace to tout Santana’s late-era comeback, but few artists have merged artistic credibility, staying power and pop success as well as he has, and for as long.
Santana’s level of transmogrification has been matched only by the Santana band, an always-evolving lineup that currently features his drummer wife Cindy Blackman Santana, bassist Benny Rietveld, keyboardist David K. Mathews, vocalists Andy Vargas and Ray Greene, percussionists Karl Perazzo and Paoli Mejias, and guitarist Tommy Anthony. Last year, Santana re-formed the band’s classic lineup, bringing together Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello for their first album (Santana IV) and tour in 45 years.
Santana currently lives in Las Vegas, where he has maintained a residency on and off for the past eight years. His original residency, a two-year run at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, precluded him from playing any dates on the West Coast outside of the hotel. His current run at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay allows him the freedom to tour throughout the country and the world. Santana begins a tour of Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in April.
Santana’s Transmogrify Tour U.S. summer dates:
June 23 - Woodinville, Wash. - Chateau Ste. Michelle
June 24 - Woodinville, Wash. - Chateau Ste. Michelle
June 25 - Goldendale, Wash - Maryhill Winery
June 27 - Boise, Idaho - Idaho Botanical Garden
June 30 - Phoenix, Ariz. - Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 1 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isleta Amphitheater
July 3 - Sugar Land, Texas - Smart Financial Centre
July 4 - San Antonio, Texas - Majestic Theatre
July 7 - Durant, Okla. - Choctaw Grand Theater
July 8 - Durant, Okla. - Choctaw Grand Theater
July 10 - Morrison, Colo. - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Click here for tickets)
July 12 - St. Louis, Mo. - Fox Theatre
Aug. 4 - Bethlehem, Pa. - Musikfest
Aug. 5 - Bethel Woods, N.Y. - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 9 - Sterling Heights, Mich. - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Nashville, Tenn. - Ascend Amphitheater
Aug. 18 - Canandaigua, N.Y. - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Aug. 19 - Uncasville, Conn. - Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 20 - Atlantic City, N.J. - Borgata Spa & Resort
Sept. 11 - Anaheim, Calif. - House of Blues Anaheim