Last night, Carlos Santana and the Allman Brothers performed a show that will never be forgotten. Right at seven, Santana emerged on stage with his 12 piece band and serenaded the crowd for 2 hours with non-stop guitar solos that made Santana known worldwide. His contributions to latin music around the world are in a class of its own.
Some highlights from Santana’s set include immaculate versions of “No One to Depend On,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Maria Maria,” and “Smooth.” In between unrivaled guitar solos during Smooth, Santana noticed a couple taking pictures in the front row. He went to the edge of the stage, took their camera, shot a picture of himself, a few of the band on stage, then a final one of the group he took the camera from. He also performed an instrumental version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” written by the late George Harrison of the Beatles. Santana has an unbelievably friendly presence on stage and having just celebrated his 65th birthday, Santana is one of the living legends who’s still got it. What a show!
After a short intermission, the legendary Allman Brothers Band took the stage, featuring Gregg Allman on keys and vocals, Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Derek Trucks on guitar, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks on drums, and Oteil Burbidge on bass. One can imagine how difficult it would be to follow Carlos Santana on stage, but the Allman Brothers are a band that don’t shy away from the task, and they brought it last night!
Some highlights from their set include “Statesboro Blues,” “Soulshine,” and “Midnight Rider,” all of which were accompanied by intense dueling guitar solos from Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.
The best part of the evening came about halfway into the Allman Brothers set when Haynes came to mic expressing appreciation for the short 6-show run with Santana, also noting how special it was for him personally. He then invited Santana onstage as well as the legendary Bill Evans on saxophone from the Miles Davis group. Together, they created one of the most mesmerizing versions of “All Along the Watchtower” to date. Just picture, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Carlos Santana alternating solos, Gregg Allman jamming on the keys, and Bill Evans blowing the roof off with his saxophone solos.
It was truly an honor to be in the crowd that night and witness one of the greatest collaborations in rock history.