Paradiso Bar & Lounge
While many artists acknowledge their parents as key factors in their lives, guitarist and songwriter Mike Torres, has even more reason to do so. Not only did his parents produce a son who looks like Carlos Santana, Mike first learned the guitar at his father’s knee at age 7. He has spent the better part of the last five decades mastering it while playing in one of the premier Santana tribute acts, Evil Waze.
Mike’s lengthy credits include performing with such artists as Michael McDonald, Al DiMeola and Spyro Gyra; recording his own album of percussive rhythms and captivating, melodic tapestries (Primero); and dates at Las Vegas hotel-casinos and popular venues throughout the Southwest.
And now, this versatile and accomplished guitarist’s latest efforts have resulted in a tribute to one of his guitar heroes, the legendary Santana. Mike’s new show—Evil Waze—not only captures the maestro’s magic, his own interpretations plumb the depths of the music’s very soul. It channels memories of Santana’s live performances with such classics as Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va and Europa, as well as newer hits like Smooth and Maria Maria. As for his band, it consists of some of the hottest players from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico City, giving his sound a realism unmatched by any other Santana tribute.
In 2007, more than 70,000 fans at an Arizona State football game watched in awe during half-time as Mike performed with the ASU band in a tribute to Santana. Mike was later amazed to find out that many of the spectators mistakenly thought he really was Santana.