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Patrice Pike and Salvador Santana

Patrice Pike, a vocalist with enough verve to be touted as "Tina Turner, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant all rolled up into a tiny but explosive package" by Rolling Stone Magazine, headlines a show on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Ashland. The Salvador Santana Band, whose band leader also is rock legend Carlos Santana's son, opens the show at 8 p.m.

Pike is riding her wave of success after picking up four awards, including musician of the year, song of the year, best rock band and best female vocalist, at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, and being inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, Pike released her third solo album, "Unraveling," on her own label TapeSlap Records, and she was introduced worldwide when she rocked television sets across the U.S. as a finalist on CBS' reality show "Rock Star: Supernova."

Pike's longtime fans know her as the front woman for Sister 7, a group that scored more than one Billboard hit.

When Sister 7 disbanded, Pike didn't waste any time forming a solo career. She founded an independent label with Sister 7 bandmate Wayne Sutton and began touring nationally and internationally.

Pike will perform with Brad Evilsizer on drums, Matthew Johnson on guitar and John Tomasson on bass.

Keyboardist and vocalist Santana is riding his own legacy of music. His maternal grandfather was the African-American blues guitarist and singer Saunders King, and his paternal grandfather was violinist and mariachi performer Jose Santana.

Oh, and did we mention that his father is Carlos Santana?

The younger Santana mixes hip-hop, jazz, rock and Latin styles to create a sound that is contemporary and individual.

"It's a mix of all my favorite music, the best of what's impacted my life, all coming together in a new genre," Santana said in a press release.

Indeed, he puts a fresh spin on his father's 1969 hit "Evil Ways." He recorded the song in 2007 for "A Song For My Father," a compilation album by young artists playing music that was made famous by their dads. The album is on the One Eighty Music label and includes artists such as A.J. Croce, Jen Chapin, Devon Allman's band Honeytribe, Ivan Neville, Sarah Lee Guthrie and others.

Santana collaborated with his band mate Jose Espinoza, formerly of the band Ozomatli, and Santana band member Andy Vargas while recording "Evil Ways."

"Rather than totally reinvent the song, I wanted to honor the classic aspect of what my dad did, but update it to 2007," Santana says. "We worked with that vibe, and made it sound like what people listen to today, with a little bit of Black Eyed Peas and Gnarls Barkley mixed in. I wanted to take advantage of new technology, but it's still all about feeling a live band, there's magic going on with that."

The Salvador Santana Band formed in 2004 and features bassist Emerson Cardenas, vocalist and keyboard player Quincy McCrary, guitarist Woody Aplanalp, drummer Tony Austin and Espinoza on sax, flute, percussion and vocals.

SSB released a demo in 2005, and one of its inaugural gigs was to open for the band Santana at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. The group went on to tour Europe twice with Santana. SSB is working on its first full-length album set to be released later this year.

Tickets to the show at the Mobius cost $8 in advance, $10 day of the show and $6 for students. Call 488-8894.

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