Life in Indianapolis can be a little hum-drum. Shuttling to and from your Indianapolis business along the crowded, stressful avenues of downtown Indianapolis, getting bogged down in routine, and being stuck in the uneventful Central Indiana flatland can all get your spirits down. You need something to spice things up, something to get the blood flowing, something to get your body moving and your pulse racing. You need a little Latin black magic. You need Carlos Santana and his soulful, iconic guitar licks. Luckily for you, the cure for all your Circle City doldrums is coming to the Verizon Wireless Music Center this Wednesday, July 7; Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood, an award winning multi-instrumentalist and singer, will be playing at the massive music venue in Noblesville, Indiana.
|Video of Carlos Santana performing “Samba Pa Ti” live; Carlos Santana will be playing with Steve Winwood at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis July 7|
Carlos Santana, named 15th Greatest Guitarist of All Time by Rolling Stone, is a legendary player whose unique fusion of jazz chord progressions, blues guitar riffs and solos, and Latin percussion and arrangements defined his sound and earned him 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards. Santana first rose to popularity after his band, the Santana Blues Band, appeared at Woodstock in 1969, before they even had an official record out. The performance was a smash success, said to be among the best of the festival, even right up alongside Jimi Hendrix’s landmark show. Woodstock earned Santana a place on Columbia Records, a partnership that spawned the eponymous Santana, which reached number 4 on the United States charts and whose hit single, “Evil Ways,” peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
|Video of Carlos Santana performing live with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Music Festival; Carlos Santana will be playing with Steve Winwood at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis July 7|
Throughout the 70’s, Santana (the band) recorded several more hit albums, 1970’s Abraxas and 1971’s Santana III, before switching to jazz fusion with 1973’s Caravanserai. The trend towards jazz and more experimental forms of music continued in later albums and served to alienate Santana’s basic fan base, though the albums were still getting great reviews. But in 1990, Carlos Santana hopped back on the charts with Supernatural, a collaboration with tons of superstar musicians, including Eric Clapton (Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey just performed at the Verizon Wireless Music Center a few days ago), Lauryn Hill, Everlast, and Dave Matthews. Nowadays, Carlos Santana still brings his trademark electrifying guitar sound to music venues across the country; on Wednesday, he’ll be at a huge Indianapolis music venue. Fans of Indianapolis bands like Twin Cats, Cathy Morris, Stacie Sandoval, and Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors take note: Santana will show you how to play Latin-tinged soul and blues with style.
|Video of Santana performing “Black Magic Woman” live; Carlos Santana will be playing with Steve Winwood at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis July 7|
Also performing with Carlos Santana at the Verizon Wireless Music Center will be Steve Winwood, a British born multi-instrumentalist who has been ranked by Rolling Stone as the 33rd greatest singer of all time. The winner of a slew of Grammy Awards, Steve Winwood has been a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, Go, and other highly influential bands. Winwood began his career playing backing music for such blues legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and B.B. King, so he’s had the best training in the world. Playing with Santana should be nothing new for Steve Winwood; he’s also a common sight with fellow guitar great Eric Clapton.
|Video of Steve Winwood performing “Can’t Find My Way Home” live with Eric Clapton; Steve Winwood will be playing with Carlos Santana at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis July 7|
The Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana just keeps booking some of the coolest shows in Indianapolis music. The Indianapolis cultural districts of Broad Ripple Village and Mass Ave are great places to go if you want to see the best new Indianapolis bands, but for big names you’ll have to head north to Noblesville. This week will see Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood at the music venue, two living legends of rock. They’ll join the ranks of classic stars that have performed at the Verizon Center recently like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Daltrey, and Bret Michaels; who’s next, Paul McCartney?
|Video of Steve Winwood playing “Dear Mr. Fantasy” live; Steve Winwood will be playing with Carlos Santana at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis July 7|
If the hum drum rigamarole of Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants is getting you down, get a little shot in the arm by heading out to see Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on Wednesday, July 7. This one of a kind Indianapolis event begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $30 for back of the lawn seats to $150 for the deluxe Verizon Wireless Music Center experience. No matter which seat you get, you’ll be hypnotized by the energetic rhythms, expressive solos, and mesmerizing musical interplay of Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood.
Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood at Verizon Wireless Music Center
Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 – $150
Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 E 146th St
Noblesville, IN 46060
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