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Santana, Counting Crows coming to the AmFam Amphitheater in July

Milwaukee World Festival

Santana and Counting Crows, two artists renowned for leaving an indelible mark on their respective eras of music, have teamed up for a co-headlining tour that will visit Milwaukee’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 26.

The bands will spend the entire summer together during a 14-week run that kicks off June 14 in Florida and wraps up Sept. 2 in Phoenix. The Milwaukee stop coincides with German Fest, and fans who buy tickets to the concert will get free admission to the festival on the day of the show.

Led by the legendary Carlos Santana, the band that bears his name has been at it for more than five decades, dating back to their days as a multi-hyphenate Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion group in San Francisco. Their influence spread well beyond the Bay during the half-century-plus that followed as they built a discography comprising 27 studio albums (nine of which went platinum), the most recent of which is 2021’s Blessings and Miracles.

Counting Crows don’t have quite as much time under their belts as their tour-mates but have built a similarly fervent following since their founding (also in the Bay Area) in 1991. Two years later, they exploded into the public’s consciousness with debut album August and Everything After, led by inescapable single “Mr. Jones.” Six more studio LPs followed that one, as well as their latest project, the EP Butter Miracle, Suite One released in 2021.

The first of several opportunities to get tickets for the July 26 show is a Citi cardmember presale at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 14. Both bands also have artists presales you can learn more about on their respective websites, and the general sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday online via Ticketmaster and at the Summerfest box office.