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Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by Randy

Two legendary groups join forces as Carlos Santana and the Santana Band announce six special co-headlining concerts with The Allman Brothers Band during July 2012. The dates kick off July 22 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Lake, NY, and wrap July 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Highlights also include shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 24, and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 25. Tickets for the six dates begin going on-sale May 4.

It is a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music, with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and The Allman Brothers Band,” says Carlos Santana. This is something that we’ve hoped to make happen for many years.” These special concerts follow the first leg of U.S. dates on Santana’s Shape Shifter Tour 2012.

Previously, Santana and The Allman Brothers have only intersected at major festivals. On touring together, Gregg Allman says, “We’ve all looked forward to doing this for a very long time.” The Allman Brothers Band line-up includes Gregg Allman (vocals and keyboards), Butch Trucks (drums, tympani), Jaimoe (drums), Warren Haynes (vocals, lead and slide guitar), Derek Trucks (slide and lead guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), and Marc Quinones (congas and percussion).  Earlier this year, the group was honored with a special GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Santana’s tour dates with The Allman Brothers follow the May 15, 2012 release of Shape Shifter, their latest album-and the first for Carlos Santana’s new label Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (one song features vocals by Santana’s lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The album also features Chester Thompson on keyboards, Dennis Chambers on drums, Benny Rietveld on bass, Salvador Santana on keyboards, Raul Rekow on congas and Karl Perazzo on percussion.

Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). 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 one Top Ten album in each decade from the 1960s on. Among other honors, Carlos Santana is #20 on Rolling Stone’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.”

Shape Shifter Tour Dates:
July 7        Grand Casino Mille Lacs                   Hinckley, MN
July 9        Ravinia Festival                              Highland Park, IL
July 12       Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts Kettering, OH
July 13       Soaring Eagle Casino Resort             Mount Pleasant, MI
July 14       Molson Canadian Amphitheatre          West Toronto, ON
July 15       DTE Energy Music Theatre                Clarkston, MI
July 17       Bank of America Pavilion                   Boston, MA
July 18       Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion     Gilford, NH
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*

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Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Randy

The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND are getting set to honor the 40th anniversary of their iconic 1972 live album EAT A PEACH in a big way: they’re hailing 2012 as “The Year of the Peach.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will start the year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which “honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”  That event will take place Saturday, February 11 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles and the group will be mentioned on the Sunday, February 12 national TV broadcast.

“It’s shaping up to be a great year,” says BUTCH TRUCKS, who co-founded the band in 1969 with GREGG ALLMAN, drummer JAIMOE, guitarist DUANE ALLMAN, bassist BERRY OAKLEY and guitarist DICKEY BETTS.  “We just wanted to make music that was honest and play it for friends, which is pretty much what we’ve done.  It’s an honor to be able to be recognized like this.”

Soon after the Grammy Awards, the band will launch their annual residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, where they will perform 10 shows beginning Friday, March 9 (see full itinerary below).  Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, January 6.  The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have performed over 200 sold out Beacon Shows since they began the March tradition in 1989.  Their 2003 run was captured on the gold-selling LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE DVD and the ONE WAY OUT CD, which features the Grammy-nominated track “Instrumental Illness.”

In April, the group returns to Live Oak, FL, where they will host their 8th annual WANEE FESTIVAL on April 19-21.  The full line-up for the three-day festival has yet to be confirmed but previous artists have included Widespread Panic, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Steve Miller, the Black Keys, O.A.R., Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Bob Weir, Stephen Stills, Gov’t Mule and the Derek Trucks Band.

In 2011, the group aligned with Entertainment One Music to market two signature band-owned labels: PEACH RECORDS for the sales of its previous Sanctuary label releases and new live recordings of the current band as well as the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND RECORDING COMPANY for the release of archival recordings featuring the original line-up including the late DUANE ALLMAN and BERRY OAKLEY.

Here are the confirmed New York City Beacon Theatre dates:

Fri 3/9
Sat 3/10
Tues 3/13
Weds 3/14
Fri 3/16
Sat 3/17
Tues 3/20
Weds 3/21
Sat 3/24
Sun 3/25

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