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Santana

July 13
8 p.m.
$39-$300
Classic Rock, Rock

Half a century into his namesake band’s often-fluctuating history, Carlos Santana’s remarkable guitar work remains its keystone: pure liquid fire whose sinuous tendrils caress the music and whip it into ecstatic expression. Santana the band has undergone innumerable personnel shifts over the decades while adjusting its style in various flirtations with commercial success. But the foundation has always been the band’s pioneering fusion of Latin, rock, jazz, and African styles, as exemplified on its first three albums and in its scorching Woodstock performance. So it was a big deal when most of that early band reunited last year to record Santana IV and a subsequent live album. On board were guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie (who originally left to form Journey), drummer Michael Shrieve, and conquero Michael Carabello, plus three current band members. Sparks fly; the chemistry among this extraordinary crew is clearly intact, both on new material and classics like “Soul Sacrifice” and “Oyo Como Va.”