THE LOTUS KINGS: THE ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO SANTANA,  FEATURING GRAMMY WINNER PAUL WERTICO

JAM PRESENTS

THE LOTUS KINGS: THE ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO SANTANA, FEATURING GRAMMY WINNER PAUL WERTICO

Fri · October 26, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18.75 - $25.00

This event is 18 and over

The Lotus Kings
The Lotus Kings
THE LOTUS KINGS are truly a labor of love for Deacon Blues founder Steven Kikoen. When Steven was twelve years of age he befriended a new classmate who had just moved to the Chicago area from Madrid. This new student’s name was Guy Raymond Jeanes. On his first day of school, Guy showed up in a sport jacket, complete with shirt and tie. The guys in the class didn’t get it. The girls dug it. When Steven approached Guy to begin a friendly conversation, it didn’t take long for him to discover that he and Guy shared many similar interests – the most significant being their shared passion for guitar playing. A lifelong friendship was born.

Fast-forward a year. While Steven was deep into The Beatles, B.B. King, The Who, and Eric Clapton, Guy proceeded to turn him on to Carlos Santana –– when Guy’s oldest sister brought home a Santana album. Within minutes the course of Steven’s path in musical awareness changed dramatically. There was such a connection to the sound, the sustain, and the phrasing of Carlos’ work, not to mention the innovative joining of Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms with rock, funk, and later, jazz.

Now, a quantum leap later and after the success of Deacon Productions’ first two “All-Star” Bands (Deacon Blues: The All-Star Grammy® Tribute to Steely Dan and BIG SUIT: The All-Star Tribute To Talking Heads), Steven has returned to his earliest roots and rediscovered Carlos, not unlike what Clive Davis did for Maestro Santana back in 1999 with Supernatural.

Taking a cue from Clive Davis, Steven’s aim was to surround himself with the best of the best from the Chicago area with regard to musicians who have an absolute passion for all things Santana.

The all-star LOTUS KINGS collective includes guitarist Steven Kikoen (Deacon Blues, BIG SUIT, River North Allstars, The Deacons) on guitar & Brazilian performer Cecy Santana (Cecy Santana Band) on vocals with Chicago virtuoso keyboardist Ben Lewis (Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band), Iconic bassists Chuck Webb (Deacon Blues, Al Di Meola, Aretha Franklin) and Wally Hustin (Deacon Blues, Dave Mason, Phoebe Snow, Mike Stern); Drum legends Ben ‘Jammin’ Johnson, Paul Wertico (Deacon Blues, Pat Metheny, Wertico, Cain, & Grey), and Phil Brines (Deacon Blues, BIG SUIT), Master Conguero Joe Rendon (Chevere, Joe Rendon & Friends), Premier timbales player Jaime Claudio, and award-winning percussionists Janet Cramer and Megan Thomas (Deacon Blues, BIG SUIT). Musical Direction & Vision by Steven Kikoen and Joe Rendon.

As Carlos would say … “be ready to rearrange the molecules with the light” as THE LOTUS KINGS prepare to transport you into the magical world of SANTANA. In the words of another famous band . . . “A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All!”


CECY SANTANA

The newest rising star from THE BEAUTIFUL LAND is invading America with her sultry vocals, hypnotizing rhythms, and intoxicating beauty. This Brazilian bombshell is the true epitome of the intricate influences of her native land, combined with the banging beats of America. Based in the midwestern metropolis of Chicago, this gorgeous work of art uses the power of her voice and dance to bring audiences into a world of celebration, exuberance and purpose. This is CECY SANTANA.

Hailing from Sao Paulo, CECY SANTANA grew up in a musical family headed by her father, legendary Afro-Brazilian trumpeter Carlos Santana, who is known for his collaborations with Roberto Carlos, Gal
Costa, and also played first trumpet for the Sao Paulo and Rio Symphony Orchestras. As a young musical prodigy, CECY excelled in flute and voice, and often performed in various church concerts and ministries. Her desire for musical superiority led her to the United States, and she landed in Chicago, Illinois with a dream to succeed.

Since her arrival in The United States, CECY SANTANA has worked in many musical genres such as house, dance, jam band, Brazilian Popular Music, traditional Brazilian music, and R & B. Her music has been featured in various conventions such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami, as well as in commercials and other forms of advertisements. As a performer she has guest appeared with bands such as the New Orleans powerhouse Galactic, and has opened up for mainstream recording artists such as Fantasia Barrino, Carl Thomas, Roy Ayers, Musiq Soulchild & Lil Wayne. Currently, CECY is preparing to officially release her debut solo project titled “Skyline." She is also running CECY SANTANA PRODUCTIONS, which focuses on the complete diaspora of Latin-American entertainment production. And as the world turns to a new era in music, you will be sure to find CECY SANTANA as a premier musical force among the greats of our time.

Cecy is thrilled to be a part of LOTUS and looks forward to discovering the musical adventures of the “other” Santana!
Venue Information:
Park West - Jam Productions
322 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL, 60614
http://jamusa.com/park-west/