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Taj Mahal to Join Santana And the Steve Miller Band


Taj Mahal is to Join Santana And the Steve Miller Band for Christchurch Show!

Following on from Chugg Entertainment’s announcement earlier this week that two of rock music’s biggest acts will be performing together in March,
the already dynamic line-up has just been pushed to the next level of major-league musical genius with the addition of legendary blues and roots artist TAJ MAHAL!

The decision to add Taj Mahal to just the Christchurch show when Santana and The Steve Miller Band are also playing Auckland’s Vector Arena two days later, is in recognition that AMI Stadium is back in action, and as such the occasion deserves an extra international artist to join in the party.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker today welcomed the news music legends Santana, The Steve Miller Band and Taj Mahal are confirmed to play the Garden City which has been
named by Lonely Planet as one of the most exciting cities in the world. "From a pure enjoyment point of view for fans this is a once in a lifetime opportunity but also of equal importance it reinforces the message Christchurch is a great place to live, work and play."

The fact that this line-up has come together so easily reflects the intent of all involved to provide an event that all the family can head along to, to celebrate the return of AMI Stadium!

One of the greatest musicians and legendary guitarists of our generation, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana is set to ignite our stages once more. His style defies definition, immediately recognizable yet unlike any other, Santana's fusion of Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz comes in full swing on stage in a way that transcends time and the limits of genre typecasting. Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known
musical signatures.

For more than four decades, Carlos Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project for 1999's Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Smooth"). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proclaim, "Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock's true virtuosos and guiding lights." Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone
as #15 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Few musicians can boast the introduction that Miller had to music -- his father who worked as a pathologist was friends with stars like Charles Mingus and Les Paul, whom he brought home as guests; Paul taught the young Miller some guitar chords and let him sit on recording sessions. With a career encompassing distinct stages from one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late 60s and early 70s and then going on to become one of the top selling pop/rock acts of the mid to late 70s and early 80s.

The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the cornerstone legends of his genre. Award-winning albums like The Joker, Brave New World, Abracadabra and Fly Like An Eagle; and songs like: Gangster Of Love, Rock ‘n Me, Fly Like an Eagle,
Jet Airliner, Jungle Love, The Joker, Abracadabra, Livin’ In The USA, Take the Money and Run, and Swingtown have cemented Steve Miller as one of rock music’s all-time greats.
His touring schedule to packed out arenas continues without let up.

TAJ MAHAL – a very special addition for Christchurch
Special guest for the Christchurch show only, is the one and only TAJ MAHAL. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Taj Mahal is the living embodiment of the mythology of American blues. The two-time Grammy® Award winner’s musical legacy counts him as one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music.

Celebrating four decades of Blues, Roots, Reggae and beyond, this incredible musician has left no stone unturned in his never-ending exploration of the complex origins and underpinnings of American music.

By gathering and distilling countless musical traditions from a range of geographical and cultural sources: the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachian backwoods, the African continent, the Hawaiian islands, Europe, the Caribbean and so much more, Taj Mahal doesn’t just stand at the lone musical crossroads of legend. He is the crossroads.

Christchurch fans are assured of getting a show that is so much more than just another concert, they will experience an event that will be forever treasured.


Sunday 17th March AMI Stadium, Christchurch
with very special guest TAJ MAHAL

Tuesday 19th March Vector Arena, Auckland (09) 970 9700

Also appearing at:
West Coast Blues & Roots, Fremantle –
Bluesfest, Byron Bay –
Deni Blues & Roots Festival, Deniliquin –


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