Genre-bending Latin guitar icon Carlos Santana – who may be partially responsible for the scheduling conflict that led to Journey canceling a Fresno concert date – is now coming to Fresno himself. The 68-years old Grammy winning guitarist will play a special “Evening with Carlos Santana,” concert Friday, Sept 2, at the Selland Arena.
Tickets for the show are $39.50-$129.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or on the phone at 800-745-3000. Special VIP package pre-sale tickets are available now through 10 p.m. Thursday, June 16.
This is one of a half-dozen California dates for Santana, including shows at the Forum in Los Angeles (with Journey) and San Francisco’s AT&T Park, on a quadruple bill that also includes Journey, plus the Steve Miller band and the Doobie Brothers.
Santana ranks among the most successful and storied guitarists of all time – No. 15 on Rollings Stone’s list of the 100 greatest. His Bay Area Afro-Latin-blues fusion band played Woodstock in 1969, the same year it released its self-titled debut. Since then, Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards (nine of those were for 1999’s “Supernatural”), plus the Billboard Century Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He’s also had at least one album in the top 10 on Billboard’s charts in each of the last six decades.
His latest, Santana IV, was released in April and reunites band’s iconic ’70s lineup, which includes Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon (of Journey fame), Michael Carabello and Michael Shrieve.