Carlos Santana returned to the stage with his band for an emotional and astounding marathon concert at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 23rd. The show was exceptional for many reasons, but primarily because it took place at all. On July 5th, the now 75-year-old icon fell ill during a performance in Michigan, and his wife (drummer in the band) reported that he collapsed due to heat and dehydration.
Grateful Mahalo was a birthday party celebrated on the island of Kaua`i and all over the world for our favorite birthday boy, Bill Kreutzmann, drummer of the Grateful Dead, born May 7, 1946 in Palo Alto, California. Bill was told he was a teenager that he had no rhythm, but began playing drums in his early teens anyway.
Santana played a career-spanning set that included enough of the early stuff and enough of the later stuff to please everyone in the seasoned and enthusiastic crowd. The show started with some video images of Woodstock and the beginnings of the band shown to a Miles Davis soundtrack, the band launched into Soul Sacrifice, Jingo, Evil Ways, and A Love Supreme. Quite a start!
Carlos Santana, to paraphrase a funky expression, “tore the roof off that sucker,” on June 27 at a cool and comfortable evening outing near Sacramento, California. He and the band blasted out of the gate, following a big-screen montage of old Santana Woodstock-era footage, with an exhilarating version of “Soul Sacrifice,” the epic instrumental that made the country sit up and take notice 50 years ago, both on the band’s eponymous first record, as well as the forever indelible version performed at Woodstock.
The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Neil Armstrong was on the Moon. And revolution was in the air. In that backdrop, 500,000 young people gathered on a mid-August weekend in upstate New York for the promise of three days of peace and music. What they experienced at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was something far greater.
Label it what you will, Salvador Santana is a creator. Handed a generational gift for creating music, he now steps out as a father and as a producer, musician, and artist of his own right. His new single, Panic Mode is another collaboration unique to the Santana name but in his own direction, it may not sound what you’d expect a Santana song to sound like. Salvador had a few minutes to chat with June Reedy of Grateful Web to discuss the new single Panic Mode and the collaboration with UK house DJ Felix.
Rod Stewart and Santana will hit the road this summer in a joint concert tour. Fans can expect to hear classic tunes from both artists, as well as songs from Santana's March 2014 release, CORAZON, his first Latin music album. The tour kicks off on Friday Mary 23rd in Albany, New York and visits eighteen cities in the USA and Canada, culminating in Wantaugh, New York on August 20th.