Santana and the Allman Brothers Band will be gracing the stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 27. The concert is part of Santana’s
”Shape Shifter” tour. The album of the same name, his 36th, will be released on May 15.
The album is an instrumental tour de force of songs spanning the late 1990’s to now. It contains only one song with vocals.
Carlos told Radar.com’s Joe Bosso, “It’s more a collection of stories, than songs. Songs require intros, choruses, bridges and endings. On this record, it was more about ‘close your eyes and play.’ They’re still songs, but they’re not directed at radio. I was just being true to what I felt.”
“Shape Shifter” is a tribute to American Indians. Santana says, “I think it’s important with where we are in 2012, since the world is supposed to end, and they know more than anyone about the shifts in perception. Mother Nature is shifting. But, as Bob Marley said, ‘It’s the beginning; not the end.’
“We have computers and satellites, but we’re not as connected to Mother Nature as they are. We’re always fighting with her.”
In talking about the faces that he makes when he’s playing, he says, “It’s required. If you’re not making ugly faces when you’re playing a solo, you’re not doing anything.”
In playing, he stressed the importance of, “five things: genuine, honest, true, sincere and for real—you can’t fake. This is real life. Real life is about the peak of your emotions.”
Carlos Santana is a deeply spiritual man and his playing comes from his soul. He lets his spirituality shine brilliantly through his guitar.
Over these many years, his band has included some of the most respected musicians in the world. The band’s music is inspired by Carlos’ background from his early youth in Mexico to his teen years in sixties San Francisco and on into tomorrow. He incorporated his Mexican influences into the blues that he loves and added the influence of Bay Area psychedelic bands. It’s a unique sound, which has continued to evolve.
SPAC is the perfect place for such inspiring music. The venue is located on a 2,400-acre park. The amphitheater is surrounded by trees and features a roof over the seats and well-tended grass lawns for sitting under the stars. The sound system is amazing.
The Allman Brothers will open the show with their rousing brand of bluesy southern rock.
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