Saturday night will bring Lake Tahoe music lovers a chance to experience the music of Carlos Santana when Caravanserai plays Vinyl at Hard Rock Casino Resort.
The tribute band is named after the famed guitarist’s fourth studio album, released in 1972. Caravanserai is a word of Persian origin, meaning both “an inn with a central courtyard for travelers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa,” and “a group of people traveling together; a caravan.”
Guitarist Leo Herrera founded the band in November 1997 in Palo Alto, gradually expanding it with “the enthusiasm of friends and family members,” according to the group’s bio. The musicians take pride in the work that they put in to accurately recreate the Santana sound onstage; along with Herrera (lead guitar, vocals), the group is Alfredo Lazo (lead vocals, percussion), Ray Uribes (bass, vocals), Bernie Bersamina (keyboards, lead vocals), Oscar Zavaleta (congas, percussion, vocals), Vernon Eakin (drums, vocals) and Andrian Areas (timbales, vocals). Caravanserai also has partnered in the past with Bay Area brass section Cali Horns to add an extra level of zest to certain performances.
With this impressive range of instrumentation, Caravanserai covers all of Santana’s decades of music, up through 2005’s “All That I Am.” Soon though, these cats will have a new set of tunes to learn; anticipation has been building steadily for the impending release of Carlos Santana’s next album “Santana IV.”
Comprised of 16 new tracks, “Santana IV” is the product of the virtuosic guitarist’s reunion with his early 1970s musical partners Gregg Rolie (keys, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar), Michael Carabello (percussion), and Michael Shrieve (drums, percussion). This is the quintet’s first record since the multi-platinum “Santana III,” released in 1971.
The classic lineup was expanded with the addition of current Santana members Benny Rietveld (bass) and Karl Perazzo (percussion). Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers also contributed vocals on two of the album’s cuts.
Fans waiting to get a taste of the new Santana won’t have to wait long. The first single off the record, “Anywhere You Want to Go,” is due up for release on Feb. 5. The album also is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Santana just announced a series of tour dates with stadium rock icon Journey, with mid-April tickets soon to be available for shows in New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Journey, of course, includes former Santana members Rolie and Schon, who will appear on the new album.
Santana will appear at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on January 27, 29-31, February 3-6, and May 18, 20-22, 25, 27-29.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30
Where: Vinyl, Hard Rock Casino