Tanglewood Music Festival

Tanglewood Music Center, Town of Lenox, Berkshire County, State of Massachusetts 01240

Tuesday August 18, 1970

About the Show

Music

Photos

Video

About the Show

The Venue

The Tanglewood Music Center is an annual summer music academy in Lenox, Massachusetts, United States, in which emerging professional musicians participate in performances, master classes and workshops. The Center operates as a part of the Tanglewood Music Festival, an outdoor concert series and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Tanglewood activities take place on 210 acres (85 ha) of meadow, most of which was donated to the BSO in 1936 by the Tappan family.

RoyMusicUSA. August 18, 2016

At the time, the idea of presenting rock music in a classical venue was a radical idea. The idea that rock music was anything but “low brow” was new and the thought that rock music had any artistic component was far from the accepted norm. Tanglewood had just begun to experiment with staging contemporary concerts on their grounds. Staging a rock concert in a classical venue had yet to be done, so of course the concept of doing so excited Graham. Graham was also very aware of the plans for the upcoming Woodstock festival which he did not think very highly of, as well as feeling it could be a threat to his business interests. So only a few days before the Woodstock Festival, Graham staged the first of several concerts billed as “The Fillmore at Tanglewood.” He brought the full-scale Fillmore East production team in, including the Joshua Light Show, and booked a great lineup. This first concert featured B.B King, Jefferson Airplane and The Who, and drew the largest crowd that Tanglewood had ever seen by far. Buoyed by the event’s success, Tanglewood and Graham agreed to stage three similar dates in 1970. It was the last of these shows, with Santana headlining a bill with The Voices of East Harlem and the legendary Miles Davis, that happened forty six years ago today. It was just about one year after their career making performance at Woodstock. They were enjoying the success of their debut album with three hit songs, had a new Top 10 hit with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Black Magic Woman” and were about to release their second album, "Abraxas". This is the classic lineup of Santana, before a young Neal Schon joined the band and shows them in what I consider to be their prime.

The Tanglewood Music Center

Poster/Handbill/Program

Poster
Handbill
Program

Music

The Band: Santana #5

Carlos Santana (guitar/percussion/vocals), David Brown (bass), Michael Shrieve (drums), Michael Carabello (percussion), Jose “Chepito” Areas (percussion), Gregg Rolie (keyboard/vocals)

Guest

Rico Reyes

Exact Set List

Batuka/Se A Cabo - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Incident At Neshabur - Toussaint L’Overture/Evil Ways (1) - Hope You’re Feeling Better - Treat - Savor/Jingo - Soul Sacrifice - Gumbo - Persuasion (2)

Releases

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on October 18, 1988 on VHS (Col: USA 19V 49007, France 049007)

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on LD-NTSC (Col/Sony Japan ID6333CB)

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on September 12, 2006 on DVD-R1 (Legacy USA 82876 89534 9)

All except (2) “Santana. Tanglewood 1970. The Classic Early Broadcast” in 2019 on CD (HOBO Europe HBO32)

All except (2) “Santana. Tanglewood 1970. The Classic Early Broadcast” on October 30, 2020 on 2LP(gf) (Parachute Recording Company UK PARA337LP)

Santana. Tanglewood 1970
2019 CD - 2020 2LP
Santana. Tanglewood 1970
October 30, 2020 2LP Gatefold Inner Cover © David Gahr

Photos

Photos by David Gahr

David Gahr (September 18, 1922-May 25, 2008) was an American photographer. He was born in Milwaukee to Russian immigrant parents. He studied economics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and he served in the infantry in Europe in World War II. He was one of "the pre-eminent photographers of American folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians of the 1960s and beyond. His photographic output includes more than five decades of musicians like Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sonny Terry, John Lennon and Pete Seeger, among others. His book, The Face of Folk Music (Citadel Press, 1968) with writer Robert Shelton captured the exploding American Folk music scene, with hundreds of images including Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Odetta, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Mary Travers and Johnny Cash, among others. His work appeared prominently in Crawdaddy. Gahr died in Brooklyn. He left behind a son and his daughter, Carla Gahr (also a NYC-based photographer, who, with her father, managed the David Gahr photography studio and archives).

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Photo by Amalie R. Rothschild

Amalie R. Rothschild is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer noted for her documentaries about social issues as revealed through the lives of people in the arts, and for her music photographs from the Fillmore East, Woodstock, and other seminal rock events from 1968 to 1974. She is a co-founder of New Day Films, the successful distribution cooperative founded in 1971, author of Live at the Fillmore East: A Photographic Memoir, and co-editor of Amalie Rothschild, published in 2012, a monograph and “portable museum” of the art and legacy of her mother and namesake, and subject of her film Nana, Mom and Me (1974). Other films include the groundbreaking It Happens to Us, made in 1971 with an all-woman crew and the first American film to argue that women should have the right to control their own bodies and end a pregnancy, Woo Who? May Wilson (1969), Conversations with Willard Van Dyke (1981), and Painting the Town: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas (1990).

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Video

The Santanamigos Channel