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OYE Santana - The Best Santana Tribute in the World

<B><I>OYE Santana</I></B>

Date: Saturday 25th October 2014
Time: 20:30

OYE Santana

After a tremendous reception at their last appearance at St Ives

The best SANTANA TRIBUTE in the World!! are coming back!

You're going to love OYE Santana.

What's your favourite Santana track?

The old school of Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va  and Samba Pa Ti?
The Supernatural hits like Smooth, Maria Maria and Corazón Espinado?
The classic era of Let The Children Play and Dance, Sister, Dance? Or the blistering guitar solos on Europa and She's Not There?

Whatever your favourites, you'll meet them again in their set, performed with an authenticity and excitement you won't find anywhere else...   unless you're lucky enough to see Carlos Santana himself in person.

People clap. People cheer. And people dance. Brother, do they Dance, Sister, Dance.

Visit OYE Santana Website

Read the St Ives Times & Echo Review by John Hancock of their January visit to St Ives !

• From the very first enquiry to saying goodbye after the gig, Oye Santana are ultimate professionals. Not only that, the band are superb… brilliant show, stunning musicians who faithfully recreate the sound and atmosphere of Santana. They are all extremely nice guys too. I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you are looking for a Santana band, you have just found the very best. Robert Sas, Organizer, Ley Hill Festival

Doors open and Licensed Bar from 7.30pm.  Music from 8.30pm

This is a non reserved, fully seated event

Tickets in advance
Standard : £16.20
 (face value £15.00) 
(Price includes a non-refundable booking fee)                 £19.00 on the Door


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Oye Santana brought Mexican heat to a cold St Ives’ January night
 
The music of Santana performed with passion and musical brilliance
 
Words: John Hancock
 
Passion in the Guildhall
Saturday January 11th in St Ives was far from sunny. Unless, that is, you were in the Guildhall with Oye Santana playing the vivid Latin American Rock and raising the chilli heat of Carlos Santana’s music. Santana and his eponymous band have been blending Mexican passion with rock energy since the 1960s: Oye Santana captures that heady blend with uncanny feeling.
 
Yes, they faultlessly reproduced the music; they are accomplished musicians in their own rights. But more than that, they conjured up the atmosphere, the sheer hedonistic abandon to rhythm that lifts Santana from music to passionate maelstrom. This was no pale ‘photo copy’ of another band. The best tributes (and I’d put Oye Santana firmly into that box) are enjoyed not only for the well-loved music of an act that fans might have followed for years but also for their own live performance. I love live music and so did the many fans who’d come to St Ives from across the county and beyond to enjoy a band whose talent they already appreciated – an appreciation that I quickly came to share.
 
The band
Milan Webb’s guitar playing embodies all the passion, pathos and heart wrenching emotion for which Carlos Santana is justifiably revered while Gez Kahan’s various keyboards capture at one moment hedonism and wild abandon, and at another moment balladic purity… the full gamut of human emotions in music. Hector Gomez’s vocals are afire with the brilliance of a Mexican firework display, exciting with an intoxicating hint of abandon; and Paul Murphy’s percussion invests the performance with the authentic excitement of a fiesta in the sun. Barry Caws trumpet and brass sparkles like sunlight on a Matador’s sword with the musical spectacle to match.
 
Together, they build a stunning performance.

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The music
Through more than four decades, Santana’s songbook has grown into a significant body of work so it cannot be easy selecting just a couple of dozen pieces for an evening performance. The band assembled a nicely balanced group, opening with ‘Jingo’, the song that gave its name to Santana’s debut album, its jungle drum and soaring keyboard intro perfectly laying the ground for the sparkling guitar playing and vocals; announcing an electrifying night. ‘Africa Bamba’ introduced the critically acclaimed and much awarded music from ‘Supernatural’, the 1999 album that took the world by storm. Songs from Supernatural were strewn like jewels through the evening… ‘Love of my Life’, ‘Primavera’, Migra and 'Corazón Espinado’ before my personal favourite, ‘Maria, Maria’ and the closing song of the main set, ‘Smooth’. And there were so many other favourites… ‘Evil Ways’, ‘While my Guitar Gently Weeps’ (written by George Harrison and one of the greatest guitar classics ever), ‘Make Somebody Happy’ and ‘Dance Sister Dance’ to name a few.
 
New Venture
The evening was a new venture in the Guildhall from AnJen Music and MoJoPromo of Redruth who need to be thanked for bringing Oye Santana to St Ives but also for booking the hall for more nights including the Rollin’ Clones on 27th February and The Producers Blues Band on 22nd March. Also to be thanked are Steve Skinner and Skinners Brewery for sponsoring the event and providing a great bar.
 
The Guildhall was built for music; so check out the website (www.stivesguildhall.co.uk) and your St Ives Times & Echo to see just what great entertainment is scheduled for our own fabulous venue… at the heart of St Ives.
 
The audience sang along, danced and cheered Oye Santana to the rafters in an infectiously exhilarating evening of fabulous music; we carried our sunshine heads into a damp St Ives January night; energised and glad to have been there.

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