If you go
What: The New Mastersounds, with Salvador Santana
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Old Town Pub,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Cost: $10 at the door
All music is relevant to keyboard player Salvador Santana.
On his most recent record, “Keyboard City,” the genre-melding musician brings elements of jazz, soul, funk, R&B, hip-hip and blues into what he calls “the new blend,” a sort of subconscious, seamless mixture of styles he attributes to a lifelong love of music.
Santana — whose father is pioneering fusion guitarist Carlos Santana — plays at 9 p.m. Thursday at Old Town Pub. Instrumental funk group The New Mastersounds headline the show. Tickets are $10 at the door.
“I think I’m a firm believer that everything happens for its reasons, and I have been exposed to so many styles and so many genres of music. For me, I just don’t really know how to play just one style,” Santana said.
A keyboard solo might start with a jazz or blues lick. As the solo goes along, Santana might start to add more rock into the mix, he said.
“But I’m not really thinking in my mind, ‘OK, now I’m going to play jazz, now I’m going to play rock ’n’ roll.’ … I’m really getting deep into the back of my head and all that I’ve been offered and all that I’ve been exposed to, and I’m just trying to re-say everything that I’ve learned and everything that I’ve accumulated,” he said.
Getting his start in music with the influence of his father, Salvador Santana, 26, has been playing piano and keyboards for the past 20 years. Having worked with Carlos Santana’s band in the earlier part of his career, Salvador Santana draws a connection between his musical evolution and the path his father took — before Carlos Santana was a legendary guitar player, he was a violinist in his father’s band, Salvador Santana said.
“It was the same thing with me. The guitar was definitely introduced to me at a young age, but I felt that the piano itself resonated with me,” he said.
Headlining Thursday’s show are The New Mastersounds. The four-person, all-instrumental lineup lays down solid funk grooves steeped in 1970s soul. In an interview before the band played at Old Town Pub in March 2009, guitarist Eddie Roberts said he locked in on American soul and R&B music during his time as a DJ in Leeds, U.K.
“We’re pushing out the grooves, and we’re pushing out the energy, and that seems to connect with people even though we don’t have a vocalist,” Roberts said.