Santana has just rolled out the initial run for its 2019 Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The newly announced dates for "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live" are January 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, and 31st -- as well as February 1st and 2nd. The upcoming shows will mark Santana's seventh year playing the critically acclaimed residency. Santana is currently on tour in Europe. The band kicks off its next string of Las Vegas dates on September 12th at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

Earlier this summer Santana was part of a major triple bill at London's Hyde Park with old friends Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. We asked Winwood about his longtime friendship with Santana, whom he served as an opening act for several years back: "Yes we do, absolutely do go back, yes. We go back to, sort of, late-'60s when he used to. . . he and Buddy Miles used to get up and jam with us when we were in Traffic in San Francisco. I've sort of been in, sort of, touch with him on odd occasions since then. And we talked about the possibility of playing together a few years ago, as well, which just for some reason people kept it from fruition."

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