Jan 18 Thu: The Matrix, San Francisco, CA
Jan 19 Fri: The Matrix, San Francisco, CA
Jan 20 Sat: The Matrix, San Francisco, CA
Jan 26 Fri: The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA
Jan 27 Sat: The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA

Poster

Jan 30 Tue: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Jan 31 Wed: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Feb 1 Thu: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Handbill STGH 81 © Chris Braga

March 1 Fri: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
March 2 Sat: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Handbill #1 © Chris Braga

Handbill #2 © Chris Braga

March 20 Wed: KMPX Strike Fund Benefit. Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster FD 680320

April 4 Thu: Foothill College, Palo Alto, CA
Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): I was with Marcus the night Martin Luther King Jr. got shot. We had a gig that night at Foothill College in Palo Alto, and he was driving. (p176)
April 12 Fri: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
April 13 Sat: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Handbill © San Andreas Fault

April 19 Fri: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
April 20 Sat: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
April 21 Sun: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster #1 © Steve Catron

Poster #2

May 7 Tue: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 8 Wed: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 9 Thu: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 10 Fri: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 11 Sat: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Poster © Chris Braga

May 13 Mon: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Note: A misdated May 13, 1968 fm recording is circulating among fans, and is in fact from March 21, 1969 or March 22, 1969 or March 23, 1969.
May 17 Fri: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
May 18 Sat: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
May 19 Sun: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster FD 119 © William Henry

May 24 Fri: Balconades Ballroom, San Jose, CA
May 25 Sat: Balconades Ballroom, San Jose, CA

Handbill

May 28 Tue: Spring Medicine Show. A Benefit For The Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster FD 680528

© San Andreas Fault

Spring Tue: Audition Night. Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): In the spring of ’68 Bill was holding open auditions at the Fillmore Auditorium on Tuesday nights. Despite being unofficially blacklisted, we were welcome to play those, and we did. (p189)
June 16 Sun: Matrix Benefit. Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Note: First appearance at this venue since June 17, 1967, when Bill Graham banned the band for showing up late. On the poster, the band’s name is changed from Santana Blues Band to simply Santana.
Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): In June we played a benefit for the Matrix at the Fillmore Auditorium---the first time we had played there in a year. Stan and Bill talked, and Stan told him we had a new lineup with new songs. We wanted to play the Fillmore West, and we’d never be late. He also told him the band had a new name---just one word, and it wasn’t blues. (p189)

Handbill © Aubrey Beardsley

June 22 Sat: The Sanctuary, South Lake Tahoe, NV
June 28 Fri: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
June 29 Sat: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
June 30 Sun: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster FD 125

© David Warren/L. K. Hollister

Summer: Dino and Carlo’s Bar, San Francisco, CA
Note: For a period of about four years from 1965 until 1968, there was a bar in San Francisco on Vallejo Avenue (on the opposite side of Columbus Avenue from North Beach) called Dino and Carlo’s. The bar was owned by and named after Dino Pettuchi and Carlo Morrela, and was managed by Lou “the Glue” Marcelli. This period of time was an exceptional fertile period in the development of rock and acid rock music. Dino and Carlo’s, a relatively small establishment, showcased many new musical groups, poets and artists. The performers were never paid. They put a hat on the front of the small stage to earn some compensation for their performance.
Quote from Devil’s Kitchen Band (http://www.devilskitchenband.com/gigs.htm): We played there once or twice a week all summer. It was pass the beer pitcher for pay. Other young, new groups at the time like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Santana did the same, sometimes the same evening, splitting the take.
July 5 Fri: San Francisco, CA
Note: Fillmore Auditorium is "moved" to a new location formerly known as Carousel Ballroom (Market Street & South Van Ness Avenue), and renamed Fillmore West.
July 20 Sat: Berryessa Bowl, Lake Berryessa, CA

Poster

July 26 Fri: Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA
July 27 Sat: Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA

Poster

Fri or Sat Ticket

July 28 Sun: Stanford Summer Rock. Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Quote from Michael Parrish (http://cryptdev.blogspot.com/2010/09/summer-rock-frost-amphitheater-stanford.html Sept 2, 2010): Following the Sons were the Santana Blues Band, who were not in the advertised lineup. I knew their name from their frequent appearances as a supporting act at the San Francisco ballrooms, but did not know at all what to expect since they had no recorded music released at the time. As you might imagine, seeing Santana in their formative years was quite another unexpected treat. Having no context at the time, I imagine their set was mostly drawn from material that ended up on their first album, along with regularly performed early material like “Fried Neckbones”. I clearly remembered them closing their set with a long, long piece called “Freeway”, but did not see any evidence of this composition either on records or on concert tapes until the 2 CD Live at the Fillmore ’68 was released. That double disc set, which concludes with a ripping half hour “Freeway”, is probably a good representation of what the the band sounded like that July afternoon. This was a transitional version of the Santana band with fellow Cubberley High school alum Greg Rolie already on keyboards and vocals but with original drummer “Doc” Livingston and a somewhat different percussion lineup. They all looked to be about 14 years old. I clearly remember a trumpet player, which does not jibe with the family tree at the San Francisco Sound website, but perhaps this was either a guest musician or an early appearance of Jose “Chepito” Areas, who joined the band officially the next year. From what I have been able to determine researching Frost shows in the ‘60s, this was in fact Santana’s first appearance there, which means this was probably the first time future drummer Michael Shrieve saw the band as well.

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July 30 Tue: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Note: First appearance at this venue, and reconciliation with Bill Graham.
Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): Bill was the guy who got down and lit the fuse for us. (…) And it all happened very, very fast, beginning with Bill bringing us back to play for him---playing the Fillmore West the first month it opened. Bill put us on the bill with the Butterfield Blues Band---Michael Bloomfield wasn’t in the band anymore. The week went great---the music felt good, but most of all it was a relief to be back in Bill Graham’s embrace. (p192)
July 31 Wed: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Aug 1 Thu: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 131 © Lee Conklin

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Thu or Sun Ticket

Aug 9 Fri: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Aug 10 Sat: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Aug 11 Sun: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Poster FD 132 © Billy Glover

Aug 27 Tue: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Aug 28 Wed: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Aug 29 Thu: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 134 © Lee Conklin

Tue Ticket

Wed Ticket

Thu Ticket

Handbill

Aug 30 Fri: An Annual Benefit For The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic & The Atheneum Arts
Palace Of Fine Arts Festival. San Francisco, CA
Note: Santana's name is not mentioned on the concert poster.

Poster

Sept 2 Mon: Sky River Rock Festival. Sultan, WA

Poster #1

Poster #2

Poster #3

Poster #4

Sept 12 Thu: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Sept 13 Fri: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Sept 14 Sat: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 136 © Rick Griffin

Thu Ticket

Fri Ticket

Sat Ticket

Sept 21 Sat: Autumn Rock Concert. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA

Handbill

Sept 25 Wed: Peace & Freedom Benefit For Cabaret. Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster

Sept 28 Sat: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Releases:
"The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper" in Feb 1969 on 2LP(foc) (Col USA CG 6)
"The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper" on March 11, 1997 on 2CD (Col: USA 64670, Austria 475978-2)
Note: Carlos Santana is guest of Mike Bloomfield, John Kahn, Al Kooper, Skip Prokop for 7 min. on: Sonny Boy Williamson.
Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): My own connection with Columbia actually started before Santana did anything with the label. That September, Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper were booked to record a live album at the Fillmore West. It was Bill who invited me to play. (…) It was the first time my name was on an album---right on the back cover. That felt great, but it was strange because I didn’t get to play with Michael. (p200)

Poster BG 138 © Lee Conklin

Sat Ticket

Sept 29 Sun: Midpeninsula Free University (MFU) Be-In. El Camino Park, Palo Alto, CA
Note: Carlos Santana is guest of Steve Miller Band.
Quote from Michael Parrish (http://cryptdev.blogspot.fr/2010/09/mfu-be-in-el-camino-park-palo-alto.html): As documented in Al Kooper’s liner notes from the album, another guest guitarist that evening was Carlos Santana, and Miller apparently invited Santana down to Palo Alto the next afternoon to sit in for part of his set. Since I had heard the still unrecorded Santana a few weeks before, I knew what to expect, and the two played off each other with aplomb. Unfortunately, I ran out of film earlier in Miller’s set, so I did not get to document their collaboration photographically.
Oct 6 Sun: Civic Center Park (Provo Park), Berkeley, CA
Quote from Corry Arnold (http://berkeleyfolk.blogspot.fr/2010/07/provo-park-berkeley-concerts-1967-69.html): This too must have been a major event. The Youngbloods had moved to the Bay Area the previous year, and they were a headline act by this time. Santana was still a year away from their debut album, but they were a popular local band, as were The Sons of Champlin and Lafayette’s Frumious Bandersnatch.

Provo Park, Berkeley, CA

Oct 18 Fri: St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA

Handbill

Oct: Record Deal With Columbia
Note: The band is signing its first record deal with Columbia. The contract is taking effect in December.
Oct 31 Thu: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Nov 1 Fri: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Nov 2 Sat: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 143 © Lee Conklin

Thu Ticket

Fri Ticket

Sat Ticket

Nov 3 Sun: Climax Of The Autumnal Equinox. Selland Arena, Fresno, CA

Poster

Nov 13 Wed: The Matrix, San Francisco, CA
Incomplete: Waiting - Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries - As The Years Go Passing By - Soul Sacrifice - Impose (Canto De Xango)
W/Al Burdett
Note: This entry is taken from the date on live recordings of what is clearly an early show that circulates with both a 1967 and 1968 date. However, there is no other evidence to substantiate this show took place either at the Matrix or on either of these dates.
Nov 21 Thu: Los Altos High School Gym, Los Altos, CA
Quote from Light Into Ashes (http://rockprosopography101.blogspot.fr/2014/10/november-21-1968-santana-quicksilver.html): I first heard of this show when corresponding with Randy Beucus, a graduate of Los Altos High, about various concerts he’d seen. He commented, “When I was in high school I was able to book Santana and Quicksilver… I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of these high school shows have been forgotten.” This show had indeed been forgotten, and I was surprised to hear that a concert with these two bands had never been reported before. A search revealed that a few people had mentioned the show online after all - in fact, it left quite an impression on them. For instance, on the “Fandalism” site, musicians were asked, “What was the first concert you ever went to?” Byron Laursen: “Late 1968 at Los Altos High School, with my brother, then a teacher, who had to chaperone at a concert featuring two emergent SF bands... The show was so loud that all I could be sure of was that the second band was rock-and-roll and the first one had some Latin influence. It was Santana opening for Quicksilver Messenger Service.” Alan Eglington: “The first pro Pop Concert I ever bought tickets for and attended without adult supervision was, dare I say it? (drum roll please!) “Chad & Jeremy” (hey! I had a good time so sue me!) at the Los Altos High School main gym. But to show how fast things changed…I attended my second pro concert in the same location, the “Santana Blues Band” opening for “Quicksilver Messenger Service!” That concert had a huge impact on my personal development, because soon after I was drumming in my second band. And that band ended up playing a lot of Santana & Quicksilver material.”
Nov 22 Fri: Campolindo High School, Moraga, CA

Poster © John Tobias

Nov: Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Dec 1 Sun: Delano Benefit Concert. Foothill College Gym, Delano, CA

Poster

Handbill

Dec 19 Thu: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Incomplete: Jingo - Persuasion - Treat - Chunk A Funk - Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries - Conquistadore Rides Again - Soul Sacrifice - As The Years Go Passing By - Freeway
Release: "Live At The Fillmore '68" on March 11, 1997 on 2CD (Col/Legacy USA C2K 64860)
Note: Combined set lists from Dec 19, 1968, Dec 20, 1968, Dec 21, 1968, Dec 22, 1968.
Dec 20 Fri: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Dec 21 Sat: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Dec 22 Sun: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 150 © Wes Wilson

Thu or Sun Ticket

Fri Ticket

Sat Ticket

Dec 26 Thu: Holiday Rock Festival
Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

Poster

Handbill

Ad #1

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Dec 28 Sat: Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA

Poster © Jack Pennington

Dec 30 Mon: Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno, CA

Handbill

Dec 31 Tue: Winterland, San Francisco, CA

Poster BG 152 © Lee Conklin

Ticket

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