Santana – Amway – Oct 26 – 7pm

(courtesy amwaycenter.com)

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and guitar virtuoso, Carlos Santana, is extending his Transmogrify Tour with is longtim, by adding a stop at Amway Center on Thursday, October 26.

“Transmogrify” means to transform in a magical or surprising way, and that certainly relates to Carlos Santana, who turns 70 in July. During his 50-year career, he has transcended from being the only performer at Woodstock without an album, to a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist whose 1999 hit, “Smooth,” became one of the biggest songs of the decade. It’s become commonplace to tout Carlos 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.

Carlos 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.

The legendary, sonic charge of his guitar and the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. From his earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion ensemble in San Francisco, he has been the visionary force behind artistry that eclipses musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Carlos Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans through his worldwide concerts. To date, he has won 10 Grammy Awards, including record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s “Supernatural” (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin Grammy Awards.