Few lead guitarists in American music have maintained such a loyal following as Carlos Santana has over the years. Through his countless lineup iterations and musical directions, Santana has always remained true to himself and boasts a career full of great music and an incomparable guitar tone. Today marks the guitarist’s 75th birthday, and we wanted to celebrate the occasion with some serious jams.
Much like the Grateful Dead, Santana rose through the San Francisco music scene with the help of promoter Bill Graham. Graham helped to foster the artists who defined the counterculture movement, and Santana’s talent for the guitar was undeniable. He caught the attention of the scene by joining an impromptu super jam group, bewildering attendees with his soulful style at venues like the Fillmore West. It’s hard to believe those shows took place over 50 years ago, considering how fresh Santana’s sound remains to this day.
Interestingly enough, things came full circle at LOCKN’ in 2015, when Santana took the stage with Phil Lesh featuring Friends Warren Haynes, Rob Barraco, Barry Sless, and John Molo. The guitarist took the lead on “Not Fade Away” to start the set and spit fire via his guitar through great versions of Grateful Dead classics like “Scarlet Begonias”, “The Other One”, and many others.
While there are countless clips that showcase the glory of Santana’s performance, we figured the Deadheads in the audience might want to relive this magic moment in LOCKN’ history.
Phish Lesh & Friends – LOCKN’ – 9/12/2015
Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends ft. Carlos Santana | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 9/12/15
Set: Not Fade Away jam > Scarlet Begonias > Hard To Handle > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > New Speedway Boogie > The Other One pl > Fire On the Mountain > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > All Along The Watchtower, Dark Star > Not Fade Away
 transitioned from Billy & The Kids on rotating stage
[Originally published 7/20/17]