Salvador Santana 05/23/10
Dodgers Stadium – DodgertownUSA, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito
The goal of the day was for three friends (one a Giants fan, one a Marlins fan and one a Pirates fan) to enjoy some heated interleague action between the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers. At some ball games, fans get a free hat, a bobble head or even a snuggie. However, at this Sunday out at Chavez Latrine (can you guess who the Giants fan is?) all fans were treated to a free concert by Santana. And by Santana, I am not speaking about the Grammy award winning angel talking axe-slinger. No, I am actually talking about his son, Salvador who was supporting his latest release – Keyboard City.
It is clear that Salvador is an accomplished keyboard player. However, that is where the praise ends. What else is there to say? This guy is terrible. The lyrics were hilarious, which of course was unintentional. Vocally, Salvador is tone deaf; and he was painful on the ears. His stage presence was even worse. You could tell there were sections within each song where he would interact with the crowd (the overplayed throw your hands in the air kind of affair). With no crowd to acknowledge, most artists would be smooth enough to edit this material out. Sadly, Salvador is not most artists. In fact, calling him an artist would be an insult to the word.
As if a free show was not bad enough, all those in the stadium had to suffer through Salvador butchering not one, but two American classics. When one is blessed with the opportunity to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” it should be about the song not the artist. Sadly, the angels that talk to Salvador’s Daddy never got him the memo. Perhaps if he was more concerned about playing the songs instead of being a hot dog, he would not have flubbed sections of both numbers. But hey, you looked cool in your little blazer doing twirls and keyboard slides. I hope you enjoyed playing to a crowd that large because, unless Daddy takes you on tour, chances are you will never see a crowd that size again. Despite the fact it was free, I feel the Dodgers organization should do the right thing and give out a free Dodgers Dog to anyone who had to witness this pathetic display of musicianship. Then again, Dodgers fans have celebrated a pathetic product for years ;)