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Review & Photos: Santana brings 1001 Rainbows Tour to sold-out crowd in Huber Heights

JUNE 27, 2023
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
Guitar sensation Carlos Santana shined like a pot of gold last night in Huber Heights with his solo 1001 Rainbows Tour, bringing a summer time party atmosphere to a smokey, overcast evening. 

“I’m glad we can inspire you to be in a place where you can explode with enthusiasm!,” Santana told the sold-out crowd.

Through his historic 50-year career, Santana has explored various music genres with his original songs and one-of-a-kind cover interpretations, he has also collaborated with many artists, including: Tina Turner, Michelle Branch, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, The Isley Brothers and others.

Kicking things off at The Rose with a grandiose performance of “Soul Sacrifice” from his renowned Woodstock 1969 performance, everyone knew they were in for a treat.

The 75-year-old icon and ensemble (spread across the stage like the band Chicago) showcased psychedelic, soulful jazzy vibes fused with blues, upbeat rock-and-roll and an untouchable sultry Latin American style. 

Lead vocal parts were primarily sung by live backing singers and superb individual/team instrumental solos were intermitted throughout the show.

Following a mighty bass guitar solo, Santana shared his thoughts on oneness: “You are divine, you are light, you can create blessings and miracles… we have spiritual confidence. The Milky Way, the stars, they are the same things that created you and me.”

Fans were delighted to hear classics “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” and “No One To Depend On” along with modern contemporary favorites “Maria Maria,” “Put Your Lights On,” and “De La Yaelo.”

Toward the set’s end, Santana pointed out that comedian Dave Chapelle was there, and the audience roared—Santana explained Chapelle is a doctor, because laughter is the best medicine.

Closing out the positive, joyous two-hour set was a mean drum solo by Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman, Santana then introduced the rest of his extraordinary backing band and signed off with an encore that included a cover of The Chamber Brother’s 1969 “Love, Peace, And Happiness“ and his chart topping 1999 Rob Thomas collab “Smooth” (with Chapelle).

Santana wished attendees the best: “We want you to have good health, wealth and peace of mind.”

Carlos, a documentary telling the life of Santana—“from a 14-year-old street musician to a 10-time Grammy winning and three-time Latin Grammy winning global sensation”—recently premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in theaters this fall. 

SANTANA (click photos to enlarge)