It’s been 50 years since his legendary Woodstock performance, but based on the way Mexican-American award-winning guitarist Carlos Santana graced our presence at North Island Credit Union Amphitheater in Chula Vista, you wouldn’t know it.
San Diego was the second stop of the 20th-anniversary tour of Santana’s 1999 Grammy-winning record, Supernatural. Playing hits including “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Maria Maria,” the crowd welcomed his new songs blending Latin infused rock, jazz, and blues coming off their latest album Africa Speaks.
Santana grew up in the border city of Tijuana and got his start performing American Rock & Roll blues songs at Tijuana strip clubs. Playing in Chula Vista, just 15 minutes from Tijuana, Santana shed his hopes onto the crowd about the relations between Mexico and the United States border.
One Day there will be no walls
Just like they tore down the Berlin wall, they will tear down these walls of injustice
We will learn to live together in light
We are all one
The legendary guitarist spoke elegantly about the current political issues between the U.S. and Mexico border, stating that through music, there are no walls. Let us all take some advice from Santana and live with compassion, love, and light.
Thank you, Carlos, for remaining one of the greatest guitarists of all time while continuing to spread your alt-rock music onto your fans for over 50 years. Your spirit remains solid gold.
His new album, Africa Speaks, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, is a free expression of afro-funk, jazz, soul and rock. It’s a masterpiece that is best heard live in concert. Santana continues his tour in the U.S. with European dates expected in 2020.
Santana’s Supernatural Now Tour North American Dates:
SAT 6/22/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
SUN 6/23/19 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
MON 6/24/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
WED 6/26/19 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
THU 6/27/19 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
SAT 6/29/19 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
SUN 6/30/19 – Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
TUE 7/2/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
WED 7/3/19 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
SAT 7/6/19 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
TUE 7/9/19 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
THU 7/11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
FRI 7/12/19 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
SAT 8/3/19 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
SUN 8/4/19 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
TUE 8/6/19 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
WED 8/7/19 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
FRI 8/9/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
SAT 8/10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
SUN 8/11/19 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
TUE 8/13/19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
WED 8/14/19 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
FRI 8/16/19 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
SUN 8/18/19 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
TUE 8/20/19 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
WED 8/21/19 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
FRI 8/23/19 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
SAT 8/24/19 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion