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Carlos Santana Concert

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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food
Okay, Brisbanites, it's time to pull out your dancing shoes and get grooving to the infectious sounds of Carlos Santana, who'll be raising the roof of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Thursday March 24th.

Having been lucky enough to see three Santana concerts before, plus his upcoming Melbourne show in mid-March (I can't wait), I guarantee that this legendary artist and some of the best magicians I've ever had the good fortune to see will give you a night to remember.

Santana's been around for a while. He's 63, but please don't let that deter you. He's the grooviest 63-year-old I've ever seen and he's been creating musical masterpiece after musical masterpiece since the late 60's - right up until present time. His music speaks to young and old alike.

Perhaps the best way to give you an idea of his music's appeal to all ages is to pick some of my favourites - from both then and now - from YouTube. You can also take a listen to bits of tracks from all of his albums.

Okay, so make sure your speakers are on while I play DJ for a while:

From his early days: Black Magic Woman (original
footage) and Oye Como Va, funked up a little for the more modern-day audience.

Also from back then, from the (in)famous Woodstock Festival, which helped skyrocket Santana to stardom, Soul Sacrifice. (Warning, there are some bare bottoms; it is Woodstock after all). It also features a renowned drum solo, which has given this performance the elite status of the greatest live performance of all time.

A Classic Rock Ballad that defies words or description: Europa (Earth's Cry; Heaven's Smile)

Fast forward to the late 90s and we have the multi-Grammy Award winning Supernatural album, which sold 24 million copies and features Rob Thomas in the oh-so-smooth Smooth.

Or maybe get down to a touch of Santana/Lauryn Hill/Cee-lo rap. How Santana went from the world stage of Woodstock to the world-stages of country after country today - and still attract millions of fans - is testament to his musical genius and ability to 'speak to' all people, no matter their age, colour, creed or the generation they were born in.

- Let's get romantic with Let Me Love You Tonight. It's truly beautiful.

- And let's really get the party started with an early track, Dance, Sister Dance, and the very hot, very today Maria, Maria. Oh, take me to the bars of Barcelona!

Limited tickets are available from Ticketek. Excellent tickets (for a price) are available from ebay.

I went the latter route, even though it totally blew the budget. Still, I can't really put a price on music that goes well beyond traditional bounds and moves my soul like no other.
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Why? Because he's a much better DJ than me
When: Thursday 24th March 2011
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Cost: From $104 plus booking fee
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