The band Santana has earned eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. They’ve sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. The band is tied for winning the most Grammys in one night and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist, Carlos Santana experienced further success, most notably with the 1999 album “Supernatural,” which won nine Grammys.
Black Magic: A Tribute to Carlos Santana is a journey through the hits of this legendary artist and his band. The goal of the Black Magic show is to invite you on a walk down memory lane by recreating Santana’s most popular songs, introducing you to the story behind them along the way.
The full-length tribute production features all the classic Santana hits, including Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Evil Ways, Smooth, Maria Maria, Winning, She’s Not There, Sensitive Kind, (Da Le) Yaleo, Hold On, Samba Pa Ti, Europa, Guajira and many more.
Replicating the sound of one of the greatest rock bands is a formidable feat, but one for which Black Magic is well positioned. They have developed and perfected a powerful four-part vocal harmony and a near-perfect replica of the Santana sound with the help of Carlos’s signature Mesa Boogie / Paul Reed Smith combination along with the timeless, one-of-a-kind tone of the Hammond Organ.
When you attend a Black Magic show, be prepared to experience a few spiritual awakenings, a little inspiration, and some good old-fashioned fun–not to mention some fantastic music!
David Perez was born and raised in El Paso Texas. He is a multi-instrumentalist and began his musical tutelage on the keyboards. He also plays the trumpet and picked up his first guitar at age 14.
His early influences were many of the guitar greats, such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Dave went on to study music at The University of Texas, El Paso where he was introduced to Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz Fusion, Latin and other more sophisticated genres. Dave’s style and performance evolved while attending the University.
He was a regular performer in the El Paso music scene for over a decade. Upon moving to Tucson he quickly became a noted live guitarist and studio session player. You can also catch Dave performing with the classic rockers Too Much Information; Tucson’s emerging hard rock band, A Fall To Break; or at one his solo performances.
Michael Woodward is a writer, singer, public health professional, and social justice advocate – in no particular order. Although he’s an opera school drop-out, Michael has redeemed himself as the lead singer of Black Magic: A Tribute to Carlos Santana as well as Too Much Information, a classic rock and blues cover band. Michael has numerous television, radio, and speaking appearances to his credit, including recording the theme song for the documentary film “True Colors: The Life and Legacy of Alexander John Goodrum.”
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he’s also performed solo or with groups such as Desert Voices and the Indianapolis Men’s and Women’s Choruses since the early 1990s. He spent the first 20-some years of his life in one community theater production or another. Michael earned a Master of Public Health Policy & Management degree from the University of Arizona and works as an health care equity and inclusion consultant.
Bill Piacenza was born and raised in Connecticut. He comes by his talent naturally, stemming from a musically inclined family: His sister a graduate of Berklee College of Music: His brother an accomplished drummer as well. Bill started playing the drums at age 4 and won his first talent show in the fourth grade. “I remember not being able to reach the bass drum pedal” recalls Bill. “I played along to the song More Than A Feeling by Boston. They have remained my favorite band ever since”. Bill’s major influences include the hard driving Progressive Rock beats of Rush, Queensryche and Dream Theater, the critical details of the Steely Dan style jazz, along with the solid and supporting style of Country Music, and of course the Afro-Cuban and Latin Rock grooves commonly found in Santana music. He plays along exclusively to the preciseness of a metronome. “The most important job of the drummer is to keep time”.
Bill has a wide vocal range and fits in comfortably as a backing vocalist. Some of the high harmonies you hear at a show will be tweeting from him. Bill is no stranger to the big stage either, opening up for several national acts like Foghat, America, Molly Hatchet, Rick Derringer, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker and more.
Eric Westfall – After nearly entering the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Eric Westfall toured with The Hillside Singers, playing piano and keyboards while acting as musical director for the group. Following 5 years on the road he settled in Los Angeles where he studied Film Composition under Walter Scharf at UCLA.
While some film scoring and session work was forthcoming, Eric soon gravitated toward the producing, mixing and engineering aspects of the industry. His biggest chart successes were in the UK, where he scored a number one record and single with ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’, and in Japan where he mixed and engineered many top-ten records.
Eric returned to Tucson in 2010 and has since arranged, directed and/or played piano in a number of local musical productions, most recently a tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach and another presentation of Frank Sinatra material. He currently enjoys playing piano and organ with the Black Magic Santana Tribute band.
Joe Cruz – A Tucson native, Joe’s musical influences trace back to his childhood days with Mariachi music. Initially a trumpet player, Joe’s interests quickly changed to the conga’s after witnessing his first Santana concert. He spent the rest of his musical career emulating the styles of world class master percussionists such as Raul Rekow, Giovanni Hidalgo and Paoli Mejias-the current Santana conga player. Joe has played in his fair share of bands throughout the southern Arizona area. His energetic demeanor and musical abilities are an integral part of “Black Magic” and we are excited to have him as our happy Conguero.
Re’ Read (Timbales and Timbalitos) is originally from the Chicago music scene. Re’ (pronounced “ree”) studied and performed DCI rudimental and traditional Afro Cuban-Candombe drumming. Re’ actively worked the Midwest music circuits for over 10 years, followed by a support tour in Japan. These experiences have given Re’ perspective and a strong formed opinion on what truly is important to a musician’s performance, both live and in the studio. “All that I really care about is what comes out of the speakers. Everything else is secondary”. Re’ Read now resides in southern Arizona and is an Audio & Video recording enthusiast who can be seen documenting events with a digital camcorder in between performing at the live Black Magic shows. More details can be found @ www.reeread.com
Jennifer Lopez is a native of Tucson, Arizona. She began her musical career playing the saxophone. In 1970, she started playing guitar after surviving an injury that put her in a coma for three months. She’s played in various bands and her major influences are Led Zeppelin, Lynard Skynard, Santana, and Linda Ronstadt to name a few. She also plays in and co-founded the classic rock band Too Much Information. Black Magic considers Jennifer to be the grounding source and spiritual nucleus of this musical family.
Sandy Starling was born and raised in Long Beach CA. Sandy first started playing music back in the mid-1970s on both acoustic and electric guitar. Sandy’s musical genres cover everything from hard rock to fusion jazz. Blues became a favorite and greats like BB King, Bobby Bland, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters became artists of influence.
In late 1999 Sandy picked up the bass guitar and began working on the styles of Dave Larue of the Dixie Dregs, Chuck Rainey of Steely Dan, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and Victor Wooten of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to name a few. Sandy currently plays with the classic rock band Too Much Information and Black Magic.