Legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana, has been maintaining his impressive residency at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for four years, and the artist has recently announced that he will be extending his show, "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live." The shows will begin on January 27 and run through May 29. Tickets are already climbing in price on the secondary ticket market, according to ticket aggregator TiqIQ.
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The residency has been a successful stay for Santana, who officially sold over 100,000 tickets for the Las Vegas stint in September, The L.A. Times reported. Although tickets for his 2016 dates went on sale just weeks ago, resale tickets have hit the market in large numbers. Currently, a resale ticket to see Santana in Las Vegas is averaging $261.
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Those traveling to see Santana can find cheap hotels in Las Vegas on Hipmunk.com, where Airbnb options start from $152 per night and other five-star hotel options start from $269 per night. The most expensive show that Santana has booked thus far is his January 27 show, where an average ticket is $316 with a get-in of $198. His cheapest date is on Friday, November 13 of this year, where an average ticket is $190 with a get-in of $135.
Other major residencies in Las Vegas include Britney Spears' "Piece of Me," Elton John's "The Million Dollar Piano," and Celine Dion's massive residency that will extend until next June. To compare to Carlos Santana's resale ticket numbers, Britney Spears' dates are averaging $219, Elton John resale tickets are averaging $434, and Celine Dion tickets are averaging $179.
Santana's heavy ticket demand is a direct reflection of his accomplished career, which spans over 40 years. The 68-year-old has sold more than 100 million records and has won 10 Grammy Awards. Santana has collaborated with major artists like Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Michelle Branch, and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.