It was 1969 and hundreds of thousands of socially conscious young people descended on the small, upstate New York Town of Woodstock to take part in the world’s most famous outdoor musical show. It was about freedom, free love, and doing your own thing. Anti-war protests were taking place in cities all around the country. At the Woodstock festival, the music reflected the mood of the country.
When Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana stepped out on the stage and the band started playing, they played for two hours straight. Loud applause and shouts of approval let the band know that they were doing something right. Today, 45 years later, Santana is still receiving standing ovations and reaching audiences of all ages. The blend of Latin-infused rock, blues, salsa, jazz and African rhythms, is a unique sound that sets Santana apart from every other artist in the last 50 years.
Carlos Santana grew up in Mexico and was the son of an accomplished violinist. By the time he was eight years old, young Carlos was playing the guitar. By his teens, he was performing in Tijuana strip clubs. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1960’s and formed the Santana Blues Band in 1966. From that point forward, Carlos Santana developed into one of the most recognized and admired musical performers of all time.
Albums, close to 40 in all, kept coming year-after-year. His debut album, Santana, came out in 1969 and featured the Top 10 hit, Evil Ways. It went triple platinum, selling more than four million copies. His next album came out in 1970. Abraxas also went platinum and produced the critically acclaimed hits Oye Como Va and Black Magic Woman.
1999 was a big year for Carlos Santana. His album, Supernatural, featuring the number one hit, Smooth, was released and sold more than 10 million copies. In 2000, Supernatural was nominated in nine different categories for a Grammy. Santana won eight Grammys for that one album, a feat equaled only by Michael Jackson in 1984 (Thriller).
Carlos Santana has received numerous awards and has had numerous albums and songs ranked at or near the top of the Billboard charts. In 1998, Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2013, he was recognized for his musical accomplishments and humanitarian contributions as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
Off stage, Carlos Santana is a down-to-earth person. He established the Milagro (miracle) Foundation (1998) to provide art, health and education programs for underserved youth. The Foundation has distributed more than $5,000,000 to many worthy causes.
Seeing Carlos Santana in person will be something you will never forget. He will only be in Mountain View for one day. From the Camino Inn and Suites it is only seven minutes to the Shoreline Amphitheatre. This is one performance you don’t want to miss.
Over the next few months you can catch many other fabulous performers on stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Country fans will have their pick of such talents as Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne, Dierks Bently, and Keith Urban. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper will get rockers and heavy metal fans excited, and Cheryl Crow will undoubtedly sing If it Makes you Happy.