One year ago, Carlos Santana put on a show for the ages at Chase Center. The final leg of his Supernatural Now concluded its run in San Francisco, where the prolific artist resided for the majority of his adolescent life. "It is an honor to play in my backyard in San Francisco and to be one of the first artists to perform at Chase Center,” the ten-time Grammy Award winner excitedly shared.
Santana’s Bay Area roots run deep. In the late 1960s, Santana arrived on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other storied venues. In 1966 he formed the Santana Blues Band, who garnered the attention of rock music promoter Bill Graham. Graham, a Latin Music aficionado who had been a fan of the band from its inception, arranged for the band to appear at Woodstock in 1969 before the group’s debut album was even released. Santana’s rich musical tapestry was evident throughout his Chase Center show.
Roman Gokhman, editor-in-chief of RIFF magazine, wrote a detailed recap of Santana’s first concert at Chase Center. The show kicked off with rousing renditions of “Are You Ready” and “(Da Le) Yaleo,” then Santana thrilled the crowd with favorites like “Black Magic Woman” and “Maria Maria.” Gokhman details Santana’s heartfelt comments about the aspects that influenced his life saying, “From the Mission to Haight Ashbury, from Bill Graham to Jerry Garcia. From Miles Davis to Clyde Davis—every morning before my feet hit the ground, I say gratitude.”
The homecoming performance commemorated two important milestones in Santana’s career: the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his legendary performance at Woodstock. Thirty years before the success of Supernatural, Santana mesmerized crowds at Woodstock with the band’s performance of “Soul Sacrifice” regarded as one of the most memorable performances to date.
Looking back, Santana’s first Chase Center concert was fitting of his status as a musical icon. It was an unforgettable night and hopefully just the first of many Santana shows in Mission Bay.