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Show Review: Santana @ DTE Energy Music Theatre July 15th, 2012

You would not normally think that winding down your weekend on a hot Sunday evening would include a trip to DTE Energy Music Theatre for a concert, but with Santana in town that day, it was the perfect way to cap off a steamy, stifling week with cool riffs, breezy blues and a tranquil relaxation that sailed forth from the stage. Casually strolling on to stage a few minutes early, as if out for a stroll in the park, Santana eased the crowd in to the night with “Pig’s Snout” mixed in with “Stranger in Moscow”. Backed by a 10 piece band, utilizing horns, keyboards, multiple percussion instruments and a steady, grooving bass, the band segued in to “Love Is You, Love Is Me”, eliciting a rousing cheer from the audience. Never breaking sweat, steadily playing along, they kept the crowd in tune with a short section of “Black Magic Women” which in turn led to “Gypsy Queen”, before finally finding their way on to “Oye Como Va”.

With 40 years of music under his belt, Santana had no end of surprises in store for the crowd. The pavilion was packed to the rafters, the crowd extended deep out on to the lawn, people everywhere dancing and clapping, bodies swaying, dresses sashaying. Young and old alike were smiling as they kept on in to the night with “Europa”, “Maria Maria”, “Soul Sacrifice”, and even tossing in some short covers from Michael Jackson, The Doors, and Elvis.

It’s certainly no surprise why Santana has the legacy he does with the accessibility his music brings, transcending genres, boundaries, and perhaps even the cosmos. It was a pleasant evening, a perfect end to the weekend, and you should find your way to the next appearance at any venue he appears at.

The Santana Shape Shifter tour continues on with The Allman Brothers Band opening at the following summer dates.

July 20-21     Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center    Atlantic City, NJ
July 22          Darien Lake Performing Arts Center   Darien Lake, NY
July 24          Nikon at Jones Beach Theater              Wantagh, NY
July 25          PNC Bank Arts Center                          Holmdel, NJ
July 27          Saratoga Performing Arts Center          Saratoga, NY
July 28          The Comcast Theatre                            Hartford, CT
July 30          Merriweather Post Pavilion                   Columbia, MD