Evil Waze can be considered an ultimate Santana Tribute Experience. Featuring the amazing Mike Torres on guitar, the band also includes some of the finest musicians from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Mike Torres resides in Phoenix, Arizona and not only sounds strikingly similar to Santana but is a mirror image of the guitar legend as well. At the young age of seven years old, Mike learned how to play the guitar from his father, and he has spent the last last five decades enjoying it and mastering it. Mike has performed over the years with stars as Michael McDonald, Al DiMeola, and Spyro Gyra.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Evil Waze band members include: Mike Torres, Lanny Counts, Eric Sean Smearman, Angel Serrano, Yanel Yanes, Javier Linares, Armando Flores, and Benny Madrid. They bring the multi-layered and multi-cultural approach to the great Santana hits like “Evil Ways”, “Oye Como Va”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Europa”, and other favorite tunes.

Evil Waze has performed stunning shows at casinos, large theaters, outdoor festivals, special events, football games, and more. They are perfect for for intimate events as well as big concerts. The combined styles of these professional musicians pleases audiences of all kinds and all ages.


As the producer of the Laughlin Veterans Festival, along with Source One Events, it was a pleasure to work with Mike Torres and “Evil Waze” at the 2013 Festival. They brought professionalism, great musicianship, and high energy to the sounds of Santana, that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We definitely plan to hire them for future events.Ray Arlen (Radar Entertainment Group)

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Torres on two halftime performances and one indoor concert performance of a Tribute to the Music of Carlos Santana. I found his knowledge of the music to be outstanding and his artistry to be flawless. Mike sounds just like Carlos Santana. His playing is truly breath taking. Not only does he sound like Carlos Santana, but he looks like his as well. Many of the fans at our games and the live indoor concert thought we brought Carlos Santana to our performances. Mike was even asked for autographs from people thinking he was Santana.James Hudson (Director of Athletic Bands – Arizona State University, Herberger College of the Arts)



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