Santana Tickets Las Vegas
Venue: House of Blues - Las Vegas
Guitarist, Santana, was born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico. His father, Jose, was an accomplished professional violinist, and Carlos learned to play the guitar at the age of 8. In 1955, the family moved from Autlán de Navarro to Tijuana; the border city between Mexico and California.
As a teenager, Santana began performing in Tijuana strip clubs, inspired by the American Rock & Roll and Blues Music of artists like B. B. King, Ray Charles, and Little Richard. In the early 1960s, Santana moved again with his family to San Francisco, CA.
After several years spent working as a dishwasher in a diner and playing for spare change on the streets, Santana decided to become a full-time musician; in 1966, he formed the Santana Blues Band, with fellow street musicians David Brown and Gregg Rolie.
With their highly original blend of Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa, and African rhythms, the band (which quickly became known simply as Santana) gained an immediate following on the San Francisco club scene. The band's early success, capped off by a memorable performance at Woodstock in 1969, led to a recording contract with Columbia Records, then run by Clive Davis.