Douglas Towle leads his band Supernatural: A Santana Experience back to the Vernon Jazz Club this week for shows Friday and Saturday (the latter date is now sold out).

Douglas Towle leads his band Supernatural: A Santana Experience back to the Vernon Jazz Club this week for shows Friday and Saturday (the latter date is now sold out).

Band sings Santana’s praises

Supernatural: A Santana Experience Supernatural returns to Vernon Jazz Club for two concerts, Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12.

Last spring, the Vernon Jazz Society welcomed Supernatural: A Santana Experience to the Vernon Jazz Club stage for the first time.

The show was a complete success and quickly sold out.

The society has brought Supernatural back, this time as a double-header this week.

The band will be playing both Friday, Dec. 11  and Saturday, Dec. 12 (the Saturday show is already sold out, but there are tickets left for the Friday show) at the Vernon Jazz Club.

Supernatural is fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Doug Towle and features Patrick Gavigan (vocals), Heidi McCurdy (vocals), Jen Lewin (keys), Pete Davyduck (bass), Mike Michalkow (drums), and Lyndon Dewitt (percussion).

The band pays homage to a true icon of modern Latin music, Carlos Santana.

“Santana’s music crosses cultural boundaries and excites audiences worldwide,” said Towle. “He is an architect of Latin rock and a true guitar hero.  Supernatural honours the man and his music.”

The seven-piece band recreates the experience of a Santana concert filled with the energy and musicianship found in the real deal.

The show will take the audience through Santana’s greatest hits and modern classics from his performance at Woodstock to the 1999 smash album Supernatural, from which this tribute derives its name.

The Vernon Jazz Club’s walls will be reverberating with favourites such as Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, and Smooth, along with other Santana hits.

Each night the show will open with Towle’s trio, De La Terra, which will play songs from its Latin Christmas album.

This trio, which was originally formed in 2000, is a blend of salsa, flamenco, and world beat.

De La Terra has performed across North America at Guitar Player Live in San Francisco, The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Juan De Fuca Festival and the Harmony Arts Festival.  They have also been on stage at The Zihuatenejo Guitar Festival in Mexico.

Towle was selected by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009 among thousands of hopefuls to be a top 10 finalist in the publication’s Guitar Superstar Competition.

He is the owner of DNA Guitar Studio in Langley, where he teaches a variety of styles including rock, jazz, acoustic, electric and Latin guitar.

Supernatural: A Santana Experience hits the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.  are $20 at the Bean Scene and at www.vernonjazz.ca with a $5 rebate at the door for members.  Cash only bar.

This event is sponsored by Expressions of Time.