Santana Kicks Off Its Summer 2004 European Tour July 2; The Salvador Santana Band - Lead By Carlos' Son - To Be Opener Starting July 13

Carlos Santana Named Latin Recording Academy(R) '04 Person of the Year

To Benefit The Milagro Foundation, Limited-Edition CD Featuring New Santana

Music to be Sold Exclusively at All Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Locations This


Jul 01, 2004, 01:00 ET from Carlos Santana

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, Carlos Santana and the
 Santana Band launch their Summer 2004 European tour with a Friday, July 2
 concert in Amneville, France.  Santana will continue on across the continent
 throughout July, closing the summer sweep with an arena show on the 25th in
 Schwaebisch, Germany.  Other countries on the routing are Denmark, Croatia,
 Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.  Two dates are at
 Switzerland's world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival (July 13 & 15), the latter
 as part of the multi-artist gala "Hymns: Songs For Love And Peace."
     Montreux is also the first stop on the itinerary presenting the Salvador
 Santana Band -- lead by Carlos and Deborah Santana's son Salvador -- as the
 opening act.  Salvador has occasionally sat in on keyboards with Santana, and
 three June 2004 concerts at San Francisco's historic Warfield Theatre marked
 the first time his own group appeared on the bill supporting his father's
 legendary band.  During one show, Carlos joined Salvador and company on a
 song, and while nothing is officially planned, intergenerational Santana jams
 are likely to occur during the European tour.
     A Musical Arts Program major at Cal Arts in Valencia, CA, Salvador's
 college mate Gene Coye is the band's drummer, and the balance of the players
 -- Rene del Fierro (guitar), Emerson Cardenas (bass), Sam Totah (MC/vocals),
 and Eric Mendez (congas) -- are high school friends from San Francisco's
 School of the Arts.  Formed earlier this year, their dynamic sound is a
 largely instrumental, genre-defying fusion of jazz, hip-hop, Latin, pop, rock
 and more, and features both originals and revolving favorites by diverse
 composers including John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles.
     Salvador explains, "I've listened to so many different kinds of music over
 the years, and learned to accept and relate to each one; it's all sound and
 there's beauty in everything.  I love how Bob Marley described his music --
 'When it hits you, you don't feel any pain.'  I hope our music will affect
 people inwardly, and touch them in places that will help them stop worrying,
 for the moment, about the things going on in their life.  Music that stops
 time, that's the kind of music I'd like to produce.  It's a dream come true to
 have the opportunity to be part of this tour, and we're truly thankful."
     Following the tour's conclusion, Carlos Santana will be honored as the
 2004 Latin Recording Academy(R) Person of the Year on August 30 at their 5th
 annual gala event at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.  The Mexican-born
 Santana has always remained deeply connected to his Latin heritage, both
 musically and with his philanthropic work.  This prestigious award from LARAS
 -- the body that bestows the Latin GRAMMYs, of which Carlos has won three --
 recognizes him as, "an extraordinary human being, musician, and activist who
 has made a global impact on music and culture." A portion of the proceeds from
 the event will benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares(R) Foundation.
     Also this summer, four new Santana tracks will be featured on the Carlos
 Santana-produced Food For Thought, available exclusively at Baja Fresh Mexican
 Grill restaurants nationwide.  The health-conscious chain's first-ever in-
 store CD project, the 10-song disc also includes a song by Salvador and artist
 picks from Etta James, Buddy Guy, Indigenous, and Cesaria Evora.  Proceeds
 from sales of the CD will benefit The Milagro Foundation, established in 1998
 by Carlos and Deborah Santana to support underserved children and youth in the
 areas of health, education and the arts.  To date, Milagro has granted over
 $2 million to charities and non-profit agencies worldwide.
     Currently, Carlos Santana is working on his third album for Arista
 Records, and the 38th of his career.  The disc, executive produced by industry
 legend Clive Davis, follows up 2002's acclaimed #1 album Shaman, and the 1999
 phenomenon Supernatural, which won a record-breaking nine GRAMMYs, including
 Album of the Year, and Song of the Year, for the hit "Smooth."  Since his
 explosive performance with Santana at Woodstock in 1969, Rock and Roll Hall of
 Famer Carlos Santana has sold in excess of 80 million albums, and is truly a
 globally celebrated artist.
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      July 2                   Amneville, France
      July 3                   Aurich, German
      July 4                   Roskilde, Denmark
      July 6                   Bonn, Germany
      July 7                   Frankfurt, Germany
      July 9                   The Hague, Netherlands
      July 10                  Bocholt, Germany
      July 11                  Freiburg, Germany
      July 13 & 15             Montreux, Switzerland
      July 17                  Naples, Italy (free show)
      July 18                  Pistoia, Italy
      July 20                  Zagreb, Croatia
      July 21                  Budapest, Hungary
      July 23                  Prague, Czech Republic
      July 24                  Wuerzburg, Germany
      July 25                  Schwaebisch, Germany

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