Andy Vargas, and Slight Return –– a dynamic band led by Mark Kassa, with William Pope Tony Mitchel, and Ronnie Karmo–– has performed as lead singer with the legendary Santana band since 1999. In teaming up with Mark Kassa, (lead guitar and song writer), Andy Vargas now adds his California soulfulness to the Detroit-based band’s gritty power. As lead vocalist to the iconic Woodstock rock band Santana, Andy has performed in twenty tours with his musical hero, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, and bandleader Carlos Santana. During the global stadium tours, Andy has worked on a range of projects with such legendary performers, including Yanni, Slight Return, and Taboo (of the Black-Eyed Peas), Enrique Iglesias, and Patti Labelle.
For Andy, music itself has provides the means to overcome, represent, and uplift: “Carlos is for us and the Latino culture, an icon, and to be able to actually now work with him on a personal level for me is a dream.”
Slight Return exudes the grit of and soul of its hometown, Detroit, MI, the Motor City. The band represents, capturing Detroit in all of its sounds and rhythms –– groove, funk, soul, and psychedelic, kick-out-the-jam Motor City rock. Slight Return melds its powerhouse influences–– Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against The Machine, Santana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Robin Trower––into a powerful alchemy: cutting-edge World Music and Classic Rock roots.