Carlos Santana has been on my bucket list for a long time.
I have had a fascination with them for nearly three decades.
When I was a kid and I used to go over and visit my best friend, his parents had this Santana poster on the wall in their basement.
The poster featured the whole band standing together and was printed in black and white. Specifically, it was this poster.
Every time I saw that poster I just thought it was so cool. I imagined what the life of rockstar was like.
For years, I waited for Santana to come through town and when they did I would always have something preventing me from attending.
Not this time, though. This time I made sure to clear my calendar.
When Carlos Santana walked on stage, a wave of giddiness washed over my body. I was excited.
It was clear he was the band leader. You could see him directing the other seven musicians on stage. His guitar slung across his neck, he traversed the stage showcasing his iconic mastery of the instrument.
Separately from his guitar-god level of playing, he was a pleasure to watch. His face and body contorted as he pulled emotions from the strings. Such a beautiful, flowing style.
The lighting for the show was rich and vivid, which lent itself to some stellar shots.
Thank you to the band, venue, and promoter for having us out.
Setlist Soul Sacrifice Jin-go-lo-ba (Babatunde Olatunji cover) Evil Ways (Willie Bobo cover) A Love Supreme (John Coltrane cover) Everybody’s Everything Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen Oye como va (Tito Puente cover) Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile) / Samba pa ti No One to Depend On Taboo Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Saja / Right On Total Destruction to Your Mind (Swamp Dogg cover) Mona Lisa Maria Maria Foo Foo Corazón espinado (Santana feat. Maná cover) Incident at Neshabur
Encore: Smooth Love, Peace and Happiness (The Chambers Brothers cover)