(Original photo courtesy of Michael Bloom for Bethel Woods)
In August 1969, no one ever heard of guitarist Carlos Santana or his band, originally called the Santana Blues Band. Shortened to just Santana, they did have a small but faithful following in the Bay Area where they were welcomed into the healthy music community. With the help of concert promoter Bill Graham, they were able to get a spot at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, New York, where they thrilled the crowd with rock, jazz, and Latin influenced sounds that did what it was meant to do: enter the consciousness of those who wanted it.
41 years later, Santana performed in a venue on the property of what was Max Yasgur’s farm, and received a lot of press because of it. Here’s an interview with him, courtesy of Goldmine magazine (click here to read the full article.)