“Electrifying Performance: Cindy Blackman Santana Rocks The Carlyle Room in DC with 14 Years of Musical Mastery”

Cindy Blackman Santana rocks The Carlyle Room in Northwest D.C. this Friday and Saturday

"Cindy Blackman Santana performing live at The Carlyle Room in DC"

Cindy Blackman Santana, known for her drumming expertise with both Lenny Kravitz and Carlos Santana, is set to light up The Carlyle Room in Northwest D.C. this Friday and Saturday.


Talking to WTOP, Blackman Santana shared her excitement about the upcoming performances, promising a mix of originals and revamped classics like Wayne Shorter’s works. She praised her band’s versatility, highlighting their ability to infuse new energy into familiar tunes, promising an engaging musical journey for the audience.


Born in 1959 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Blackman Santana’s musical journey started early, influenced by a diverse range of genres including funk, jazz, classical, and rock ‘n roll. Despite dropping out of Berklee College of Music to perform with The Drifters, she gained invaluable experience that shaped her career.


Her big break came in 1993 when Lenny Kravitz handpicked her as his touring drummer, marking the beginning of a seventeen-year collaboration. Notably featured in the concert documentary “Alive from Planet Earth,” her time with Kravitz solidified her reputation as a powerhouse drummer.


A chance encounter with Carlos Santana at a music festival in Germany led to a deeper connection years later when they found themselves musically and spiritually aligned. Carlos’s onstage proposal during a concert in Chicago in 2010 marked the beginning of their enduring partnership.


Reflecting on their journey, Blackman Santana emphasizes the joy of sharing their love for music, describing it as a form of divine communication that transcends all barriers. Their union, both personal and professional, continues to thrive after fourteen years, making each performance a celebration of their shared passion and love.

More About Cindy Blackman Santana

Full Name Cindy Blackman Santana
Date of Birth November 18, 1959
Birthplace Yellow Springs, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Drummer, Musician
Genres Jazz, Rock, Funk, R&B
Instruments Drums
Years Active 1978-present
Notable Works - Touring drummer for Lenny Kravitz and Carlos Santana
- Performance in concert documentary "Alive from Planet Earth"

More about Leonard Albert Kravitz

Attribute Description
Full Name Leonard Albert Kravitz
Date of Birth May 26, 1964
Birthplace New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record Producer
Genres Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Reggae
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Years Active 1981-present
Notable Works - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
- "Fly Away"
- "American Woman"
- "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
Awards Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards
Relationship with Cindy Blackman Santana Cindy Blackman Santana served as Lenny Kravitz's touring drummer for nearly two decades.

More About Carlos Augusto Alves Santana

Attribute Description
Full Name Carlos Augusto Alves Santana
Date of Birth July 20, 1947
Birthplace Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico
Occupation Musician, Guitarist
Genres Rock, Latin Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion
Instruments Guitar
Years Active 1966-present
Notable Works - "Black Magic Woman"
- "Smooth"
- "Oye Como Va"
- "Maria Maria"
Awards Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards
Relationship with Cindy Blackman Santana Cindy Blackman Santana is Carlos Santana's wife and a fellow musician. They share a deep musical connection, collaborating on various projects and performances.

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