As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Carlos Santana’s groundbreaking album Supernatural, and the 50th anniversary of his legendary performance at Woodstock, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning guitar master continues to celebrate his passion for music with incredible live performances in An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Tickets are on sale now for May, and the show returns for additional performances on select dates in September, October and November. Mark your calendars.
Santana took a moment to chat with Best of Vegas and share with us his thoughts on his concert venue, Las Vegas and his generous philanthropy, which includes a portion of ticket sales going to the guitarist’s Milagro Foundation – a charity designed to benefit underprivileged children in the areas of arts, education and health.
Aside from the venue, what makes An Intimate Evening with Carlos Santana intimate?
There are so many reasons that House of Blues has become a second home to me. There is a comfort that we all have from the second we walk into the venue. It’s the people. The staff go out of their way to make sure everything is dialed in for us and to make sure our guests in the audience have everything they need. House of Blues has become our living room, where we are not afraid to experiment with something new while still giving the fans the hits they come to see.
For me, the best part is meeting people from all over the world who come to share the evening with us and to make sure we all leave with our collective hearts overflowing, filled with music and positivity.
Seven years of performances at the same venue says a lot. What is it about the House of Blues that has influenced such a long-term relationship?
For me, It’s all about energy. House of Blues has an amazing energy to it. We are blessed to travel the world and play in incredible venues and cities around the world. There is nothing like Las Vegas, and there is nowhere I feel more at home than at House of Blues. It is a joy to continue our partnership and bring light to Las Vegas.
Recently, your Milagro Foundation made a generous donation to a beloved Las Vegas nonprofit, Spread the Word Nevada. Thank you for that. What inspires you to get involved with the local Las Vegas community?
We like to say, “The reason we do this is so we can do that!” The reason we play music and utilize our energy in other business ventures is so we can make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Even before we moved to Las Vegas, Milagro has had partnerships in Nevada.
Since we moved here, we have shifted our focus on a local level to make sure children and families are being fed at Three Square, have books to read through Spread The Word, at Andre Agassi Prep, and there are so many other amazing organizations that we have partnered with. Milagro is set up to help children in the fields of education, health and the arts. Even though we have a world view, it is more important than ever to focus here in Las Vegas. I wake up every morning, knowing that we all can make a difference, everyday.
What are some of the things you love most about performing in Las Vegas?
The people from all over the world. Normally, we have to travel to touch people’s hearts around the world. In Las Vegas, the world comes to you. The return is the same. There are a lot of beautiful performers in Las Vegas, but there can also be a lot of smoke and mirrors. We bring an authentic experience of music, melody, energy, sincerity, honesty and truth in every note. Our intention is to touch your heart, make you feel better about life and embrace the best of Las Vegas.
Are there any spots in or around Las Vegas that offer you serenity, peace and a sense of inner calm?
I enjoy spending time at home, swimming in the pool. I read a lot. There is a beautiful life-changing book that I read from daily called A Course In Miracles. I am sure there are many places around Las Vegas and the surrounding areas that people can find their inner peace. For me, it starts in my heart, with Cindy (Blackman Santana, jazz and rock drummer, and Santana’s wife) and in my home.