By Renee’ Ruwe & Ed McCarthy
BETHEL - Carlos Santana performed for the third time at Bethel Woods in his extensive career on Sunday, June 15.
Santana’s latest album, "Corazon" debuted at number one recently on Billboard’s top Latin Albums of 2014.
Santana opened the Bethel Woods show with "Soul Sacrifice," which featured an incomparable percussion section that included two full drum sets, and signature Latin hand drum rhythms, all complimenting Carlos Santana’s unique guitar styles.
A special guest drummer was none other than Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos’s wife, who was featured during a rendition of the Beatles "Imagine." Inspiring words to the audience reinforcing Carlos Santana’s original message of freedom and of elevating for the third time.
The audience was inspired to sing, dance and jump to his classic hits as well as his newly released material.
Carlos Santana was born in Jalisco, Mexico on July 20, 1947 and started playing violin at the age of five, leaving it behind at the age of eight to play the guitar.
Bill Graham "discovered" him at the Filmore West in San Francisco. Carlos went on on to form "The Santana Blues Band." Graham also ensured the bands participation in the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
The group was recognized as a highly original band that played a blend of Latin infused rock, Jazz, Blues, Salsa and African rhythms. After their memorable performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival (Site of Bethel Woods) they were signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis and the name was shortened to "Santana."
Over the years they have had many hits including "Evil Ways", "Oye Como Va".,"Black Magic Woman", "Smooth", "No one to Depend On",Maria Maria", and "The Game of Love".
magazine lists Carlos Santana number 20 of the 100 greatest guitarist of all time. Santana is the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy awards.
The Milagro Foundation is a publicly supported foundation established by Carlos Santana in 1998 to benefit underserved and vulnerable children around the world in the areas of education, health and arts.
Carlos Santana is a generous humanitarian who donates proceeds from all concerts to the organization and reflects this in his music as well. Santa is always spreading the message of love and unity to his audiences and spoke of how the original Woodstock Festival was about freedom.
Clips from his original breakout performance at the 1969 Aquarian Exposition were interlaced with live footage of the audience during the performance.
For more information on the Milagro Foundation check out their Facebook page or link at milagrofoundation.org
Concurrently the Museum at Bethel Woods is featuring the exhibit, "America Meets the Beatles," featuring never before seen photos from the Fab Four Tour. The exhibit follows the events of this iconic week as documented by photographer Bill Eppridge, the original photographer for Life Magazine.