Anyone can definitely say that Carlos Santana has effectively and successfully pioneered and sustained a fusion of rock, Latin American music, and jazz. His style is still one of the most unique in the rock world. He beautifully navigates the six-string instrument, showing technical prowess even at a very young age. He plays “blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments like congas.” These instruments were never really featured in rock music and still are not that prevalent. As a Mexico native and being interested in rhythms, Santana has an innate sense for rhythm, being able to manipulate time and add flare that not many rock or blues musicians can.
All across the spectrum, Carlos Santana is highly regarded as a master guitarist and overall musician, being ranked at number 20 on Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. He has also won 10 Grammys and three Latin Grammy awards for his solo works and with his band Santana. His set at the first Woodstock in 1969 when he was just 22 years old is still one of the most watched music-based videos on YouTube.
Santana has been steadily active in the professional music scene for about fifty-three years and does not show any signs of letting up. In fact, he has agreed to an extensive musical residency at the House of Blues Music Hall in the dazzling Mandalay Bay hotel. He was already scheduled for multiple dates throughout September and the beginning of November. However, to the delight of fans, Santana recently announced that he has agreed to extend the residency to January and into the beginning of February. The new dates will effectively “mark the seventh year of the residency.” Santana was actually one of the “first rock and roll artists to sign a residency in Las Vegas.”
Part of the proceeds will go to two incredible foundations: Santana’s own Milagro foundation, founded in 1998 in order to assist underprivileged children, and the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.