carlos santana

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

Review & Photos by: Rachel Frank

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