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Hot Ticket: Santana and the Boys take center stage in Tampa

By BRIAN ORLOFF
Published May 26, 2005

Despite the fact that his new album, tentatively titled All That I Am, has been pushed back from a June release to Sept. 6, Mexican guitar god Carlos Santana will indeed open a North American tour, and the summer concert season, with a show Monday at Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. On the new album, Santana continues his winning streak of teaming with hip, young artists - how else will he get all the VH1 air time? - which he perfected with his album Supernatural. Expect guest musicians to include Mary J. Blige, Will.I.Am (from rap outfit Black Eyed Peas) and Big Boi (from Outkast).

Though you probably shouldn't hold your breath for Mary J. Blige to show up Monday, you can count on a performance by Los Lonely Boys, another collaborator on Santana's new album.

That's because the Boys - they're actually three brothers, and adults at that - will spend the summer performing their Tex-Mex-flavored tunes as Santana's opening act. The trio, composed of Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza, released their self-titled debut album last year and scored a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. Not bad for a first effort.

Santana and Los Lonely Boys play at 7 p.m. Monday at Ford Amphitheatre. $53.50-$20. (813) 740-2446.

- BRIAN ORLOFF, Times correspondent

Big music stars on a small stage

Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are barnstorming again this summer, playing minor league ballparks across the country as they did last year.

The pair play in Clearwater on Sunday night at Bright House Networks Field, home of the Clearwater Threshers.

During last summer's tour, the Associated Press described how the two came to play in such small places, for relatively small prices (in Clearwater, $49.50 plus service charge with free admission for those 12 and younger):

Like the music itself, the tour is a slice of Americana from a time long ago. Dylan performs relentlessly at this stage of his career and played a few small baseball stadiums in the 1990s. He liked the idea of organizing a field of dreams tour, said Jerry Mickelson, partner in JamProductions in Chicago. "We're bringing the music to the people and going to places that normally performers never play," he said. "Bob likes to mix things up."

Dylan and Nelson are also courting families.

"We're finding three generations of people coming to the shows - the grandparents, the parents and the kids," Mickelson told the Associated Press last summer.

The show in Clearwater is general admission, with seating for more than 8,000 available in the stands and on the field. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday; the music starts at 6:30. The Greencards are the opening act.

The stadium is at 601 N Coachman Road, near the intersection of U.S. 19 and Drew Street. Tickets are available in person at the box office or by phone and online from Ticketmaster 813 287-8844, (727) 898-2100 or www.ticketmaster.com

[Last modified May 25, 2005, 09:51:08]


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