Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire play ‘Miraculous Supernatural’ concert at Hersheypark Stadium on Aug. 8
From a press release:
Legendary, Grammy Award-winning artists Carlos Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on a North American tour that is expected to be one of the hottest ticket this summer.
A continuation of 2019’s Supernatural Now tour for Santana, the Miraculous Supernatural 2020 Tour will mark the first time that these two powerhouses will share the stage in the United States.
The Live Nation-produced outing kicks off June 19 in San Diego, California and will make comes to Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Chicago, Toronto, and more before wrapping on Aug. 29 in Tampa, Florida. The tour stops at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.
Santana and his band (which also features his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana) will highlight songs from both his “Supernatural” and Woodstock eras, as well as newer tracks from his 2019 full-length album “Africa Speaks” and some incredible surprises.
Earth, Wind & Fire is one of music’s most celebrated musical forces in history with an iconic music catalog that has been the soundtrack of millions of lives around the world.
“It is a great joy and honor to co-share music with the magnificent elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. We look forward to delight, joy, and ecstasy!” Santana said. “I feel like a 20-year-old on stage playing with my band, and they deliver incredible energy on every song. When we hit the stage, we know we will touch your heart and make you dance, sing, cry, laugh, and leave your worries and fears behind. The shows will feature the hits of yesterday, today, and tomorrow… with energy!”
“We are excited to rock the USA alongside our friend Carlos Santana and his band with their off-the-chart musicianship and high-energy show,” said EWF lead vocalist Philip Bailey. “We‘re going to bring the mighty elements of the universe to the stage and take fans on a journey they’ll never forget. This is gonna be a blast!”
Tickets go on sale to general public this Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. For the Hershey concert, tickets will only be available online at ticketmaster.com for the first day. After that, tickets can also be purchased at hersheyentertainment.com and the Giant Center box office (550 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey).
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26 at noon until Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. through citientertainment.com.
This past year, Santana celebrated two epic milestones – the 20th anniversary of his revolutionary, multiple Grammy-winning album “Supernatural,” and the 50th anniversary of his Woodstock performance. Santana’s 1999 album “Supernatural” featured the back-to-back No. 1 singles “Smooth” and “Maria Maria” and sold over 30 million copies worldwide, topping the charts in over a dozen countries and sweeping the 2000 Grammy Awards.
Santana now looks to 2020 and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece “Abraxas.” To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys, with a record-tying nine Grammys for a single project for 1999’s “Supernatural,” including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth.” He has received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013).
Among many other distinctions, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as No. 15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and has joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two bands to have an album reach the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. In 2018, he released his first MasterClass. In it, he teaches the art, heart, and soul of guitar, reaching deep into the spirituality and tonality of his playing to help students become more authentic and expressive artists.
In June of 2019, inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Africa, Santana released the powerful, energy-infused full-length album “Africa Speaks,” which NPR called his “best record in decades” and the New York Times ranked among “the fiercest albums in Santana’s 50-year career.” Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Earth, Wind & Fire are a music institution. In their five-decade history, principal members Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, and Verdine White have performed sold out concerts all around the world, scored eight No. 1 hits, and sold over 100 million albums. Their legacy includes an impressive nine Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, celebrating their contributions to the world of arts and humanity. Earth, Wind & Fire was the first African-American R&B group to receive the Kennedy Center Honor in 2019.
EWF’s music catalog of singles and albums has tallied hundreds of millions of streams and sales worldwide, forever changing the history of music. With a sound that blends funk, jazz, pop, and soul, Earth, Wind & Fire’s artistry has influenced musical giants such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince, and they continue to create music that will forever reach a sacred universal atmosphere.
See NEPA Scene’s photos of Santana performing at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton here.
Photo of Carlos Santana by Jason Riedmiller Photography/NEPA Scene