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Santana brings show to Ruth Eckerd Hall
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Multiple Grammy-winner Santana plays at Ruth Eckerd Hall Tuesday, April 29.
CLEARWATER - Multiple Grammy winner Santana rolls into Clearwater Tuesday, April 29, for a concert appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sounds of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures.  For more than four decades - from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco - Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. 

Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century pan cultural landscape.  And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

Santana’s star arrived in the era-defining late 1960s San Francisco Bay Area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other storied venues. The group emerged onto the global stage with an epic set at the Woodstock festival in 1969, the same year that its self-titled debut LP Santana came out. 

Introducing Santana’s first Top 10 hit, Evil Ways, the disc stayed on Billboard’s album chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics and Billboard No. 1 albums, Abraxas and Santana III.

Ever since, for more than 40 years and almost as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for Smooth).

In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”

Among man other honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor, and, he was bestowed Billboards’ Century Award in 1996.  He has also been cited by Rolling Stone as No. 15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” – “Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.”  And, with the 2010 release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, Santana joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least on Top 10 album in each decade from the 1960s on. 

Santana’s latest release, CORAZÓN (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) is due out early next year and is a collaborative effort with the biggest names in Latin Music.   The first single La Flaca, features multi-platinum recording artist Juanes and is available now.  HBO Latino and HBO Latin America have signed on to broadcast a once-in-a-lifetime CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT concert event in Guadalajara, Mexico (in Santana’s native state of Jalisco).  This will be the first time that HBO Latino and HBO Latin America have joined forces to premiere a concert event in the U.S. and Latin American regions. The concert is scheduled to debut on the HBO networks in spring 2014. 

Beyond music, in the lifestyle and entertainment realm, River of Colors (ROC) has enjoyed tremendous success with the Carlos by Carlos Santana and Unity by Carlos Santana brand names.  Founded in 1997, ROC is dedicated to bringing products to market that embody the passion and integrity of Carlos Santana – and that are true to his distinctive style and taste.  ROC’s endeavors encompass products including shoes, handbags, headwear and sparkling wine as well as signature musical instruments including electric guitars and hand percussion instruments.

ROC products are distributed at better retail stores internationally. For more information, visit www.s­antan­

The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes.  The Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, has granted more than five million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health.  Milagro means “miracle” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope – gifts to our lives – is the inspiration behind its name.

Tickets are priced at $165, $135 and $89 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.R­uthEc­kerdH­all.c­om. Pre-show dining is also available.
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