“SiriusXM Presents An Intimate Evening With Santana. Greatest Hits Live”: Las Vegas, NV (30th leg)
Jan 8 Wed: Mayor London Breed’s Inaugural. City Hall, San Francisco, CA
Note: Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Benny Rietveld, Karl Perazzo play with Yolanda Adams and Choir (Tracy Blackman, Natè Sanger, Leah Tysee, Omega Rae, Larry Batiste, Luqman Frank, Bryan Dyer) for 12 min. on: ?/Right On, Be Free.
Jan 15 Wed: Partnership with Cannabis Company Left Coast Ventures. Santa Rosa, CA
Note: Following his aborted project with Marisol Therapeutics in Nov 2016, Carlos Santana is now partnering with Santa Rosa based cannabis company Left Coast Ventures, to sell a collection of smokable joints, medicinal topicals and other products made from marijuana and hemp plants. The company and Santana say the products would “honor Santana’s heritage while incorporating his divine philosophies by identifying strains and products that promote the spiritual consciousness and wellness effects of cannabis”. The “Mirayo” brand is launched on Oct 6, 2020.
Jan 21 Tue: Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas, NV
Note: Carlos Santana visits the food bank. He is a longtime supporter of the organization through his Milagro foundation, and his band has also volunteered at the Southern Nevada nonprofit in the past. Santana’s last visit on May 19, 2015.
“SiriusXM Presents An Intimate Evening With Santana. Greatest Hits Live”: Las Vegas, NV (30th leg)
Jan 22 Wed: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme */Dance Of The Headhunters - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Are You Ready People - Caribbean Queen * - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Spartacus/Europa - Batuka/No One To Depend On - Imagine - Toussaint L’Overture - Corazon Espinado - Mamacita */Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
Note: * 1st time played.
Jan 24 Fri: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: Brotherhood - Are You Ready People - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Spirits Dancing In The Flesh - Caribbean Queen - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Samba Pa Ti - Boogie Man/Maggot Brain (1) - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - Imagine - Toussaint L’Overture/Salvador Santana (2) - Corazon Espinado - Mamacita/Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
W/Taj Farrant (1), Salvador Santana (2)
Jan 25 Sat: Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party. Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Note: Carlos Santana, Benny Rietveld, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Karl Perazzo, Dave K. Matthews, Andy Vargas play with Wyclef Jean, Miguel, Ryan Tedder… on: Smooth - Maria Maria.
Jan 26 Sun: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: Europa - Right On, Be Free - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Caribbean Queen - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Samba Pa Ti - Don’t Worry Be Happy * - Toussaint L’Overture/Salvador Santana (1) - Corazon Espinado - Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
W/Salvador Santana (1)
Note: * 1st time played.
Jan 28 Tue: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: You Ready People - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Spirits Dancing In The Flesh - Caribbean Queen - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Samba Pa Ti - Don’t Worry Be Happy - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - Imagine - Corazon Espinado - Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
Jan 29 Wed: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
135 min.
Exact: 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme/Dance Of The Headhunters - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Europa - Caribbean Queen - She’s Not There - Imagine - Toussaint L’Overture - Corazon Espinado - Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Apache/Smooth/Band Introduction - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
Jan 31 Fri: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme/Dance Of The Headhunters - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Samba Pa Ti - Caribbean Queen - She’s Not There - Imagine - Toussaint L’Overture/Salvador Santana (1) - Corazon Espinado - Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
W/Salvador Santana (1)
Feb 1 Sat: House Of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Official: 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme/Dance Of The Headhunters - Jingo - Evil Ways/A Love Supreme - (Da Le) Yaleo - Love Of My Life - Put Your Lights On - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Samba Pa Ti - Caribbean Queen - She’s Not There - Imagine - Toussaint L’Overture/Salvador Santana (1) - Corazon Espinado - Maria Maria - Foo Foo - Soul Sacrifice - Smooth - Love, Peace & Happiness - Get Together
W/Salvador Santana (1)
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March-April: "Miraculous 2020" Tour: Europe
Note: The March-April "Miraculous 2020" Tour is cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Quote from Michael Vrionis (President of Universal Tone Management March 10, 2020): It is with great disappointment that I have to inform our fans that we are cancelling our upcoming Europe Tour. Many countries have made the decision to restrict public gatherings in excess of 1,000 people to curb the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana Organization. We will keep you all informed of new performance dates as they are made, and will make every effort to return to Europe soon. Thank you all very much for your understanding.
March 27 Fri: Facebook Live Check In. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: During the coronavirus pandemic, Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are using the Facebook Live streaming platform to give some words of support to the fans. At the end of the webcast, he plays a 2-min. blues on John Lee Hooker’s music.
May 13-May 24: “SiriusXM Presents An Intimate Evening With Santana. Greatest Hits Live”: Las Vegas, NV (31st leg)
Note: The 31st leg of the “Greatest Hits Live” shows in Las Vegas, NV is cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Quote from Michael Vrionis (President of Universal Tone Management April 16, 2020): On behalf of Carlos and the entire Santana Organization, I would like to thank you all for your continued support. We are all in this together and we will come out of this stronger than ever. We look forward to seeing you all soon and bringing the music of Santana back to Las Vegas soon.
May 14 Thu: Death of Jorge Santana
Note: Carlos Santana's younger brother Jorge, dies from heart failure at his Bay Area home.
Quote from Carlos Santana (Facebook May 15, 2020): We take time to celebrate the magnificent spirit of our beloved brother Jorge. He transitioned unto the realm of light that cast no shadow. The eyes of my heart clearly see him right in between our glorious and magnificent mother Josefina and our father Jose... They are caressing his face and kissing his hands showering him with Light and Love. We love cherish and honor your soul MEMO. Carlos and the Santana family.
Quote from Cindy Blackman-Santana (Facebook May 15, 2020): My brother in law, Jorge Santana, one of the most kind & gentle souls I’ve ever known. We miss you dearly already but know that you will soar in the Light & Love of God’s Grace. Your gentle eyes, heart, smile & warm melodies will forever be with us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit. We love you.
Quote from Benny Rietveld (Facebook May 16, 2020): RIP Jorge Santana. His guitar playing reflected his spirit - a kind, intelligent, and respectful human being. Will always remember him, his blue Strat, and his gentle sense of humor.
Quote from Andy Vargas (Facebook May 15, 2020): I have no words. God bless the spirit of Jorge Santana. All my love goes out to the whole Santana family. Jorge was such a soft, compassionate friend to me. I am forever grateful to have known him. Jorge, we’ll listen for your music you make in the Heavens. May you Rest In Peace. Andy & the Vargas Family.
Quote from Michael Carabello (Facebook May 15, 2020): We honor our Brother Jorge Santana in the most beautiful and compassionate way possible. We are all Family, we thank you for your voice and creativity in carrying on Latin Rock music. Love you always and forever! From the baddest Rhythm section that changed Latin Music into Latin Rock and beyond.
Quote from Diane Rekow (Facebook May 15, 2020): Rest In Peace... Jorge "Memo" Santana. My Condolences and Prayers go out to Jorge’s children for their loss and the Santana Family. Jorge was a great Musician and Friend to so many. I am sure Raul was standing at the gates welcoming him.
Quote from Chuy Varela (Facebook June 29, 2020): Our brother Jorge Santana was laid to rest today at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Family and friends were present to see him ascend on his heavenly journey. It was a simple Catholic ceremony with a heartfelt eulogy delivered by Abel Sanchez, Jorge's friend of 50 years. Dolores Huerta sent a recorded audio message and I read a letter by Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez's son, who gave Jorge appreciation for his dedication to the struggle of La Causa and the UFW Movement. My condolences to Jorge's wife, Donna and the Santana family and all the friends present especially his bandmates who made it: Richard Bean, Pablo Tellez, Leo Rosales, Richard Segovia, Ismael (Irish), Marcia Miget, Gibby Ross, and all the others whose names I didn't know. Jorge is now with the angels and I know he's getting to work teaching Gabriel's band to play, "Suavecito." Rest in Peace brother!
Bands: Santana #49, Santana #52
Discography: "Milagro" May 5 1992, "Sacred Fire. Live In South America" Nov 2, 1993, "Brothers" Sept 27, 1994.
May 23 Sat: Quarantunes. Support The LA Phil Today. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Live YouTube webcast. Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are playing from their Hawaiian home acoustic renditions of Europa - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Smooth.
May 28 Thu: Artists United For Amazonia. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are giving a short speech during the Artists United For Amazonia livestream, a benefit for the Amazon emergency fund, an indigenous-led effort providing rapid response grants across the Amazon to address the coronavirus pandemic.
May 29 Fri: Cindy Blackman-Santana’s “Imagine” World Premiere
Note: Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy join the Fab Fourum to world premiere their brand-new version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. The song that will appear on her forthcoming album entitled “Give The Drummer Some” due out in the Fall of 2020, has been released as a single in conjunction with WhyHunger with all proceeds going to feed the hungry.
June 12 Fri: The Bret Saunders Podcast. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Webcast. Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are interviewed from their Hawaiian home.
June 15 Mon: Online Release of “The Quarantine Blues”
Note: "The Quarantine Blues" is written by John McLaughlin with Cindy Santana Blackman and Narada Michael Walden. The song is socially distance recorded and filmed in Monaco, Hawaii, Detroit and San Rafael in a collaboration to raise money for Musicares Coronavirus Relief Fund to help struggling musicians who have been hit hard by the shutdown of all live music. "The Quarantine Blues" features John McLaughlin, Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden and Ralphe Armstrong and Narada's dancing kids, Kelly, Kayla and Michael with mom Katie.
Musicians: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (organ, lead and rhythm guitars), Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Cindy Blackman-Santana (lead vocals), Narada Michael Walden (drums, lead vocals), Katie Mersereau Walden (back ground vocals), Ralphe Armstrong (bass)
Composers: John Mclaughlin, Cindy Blackman Santana, Narada Michael Walden. Produced and Arranged by Narada Michael Walden. Engineering and Mastering: Jimi Jam Reitzel at Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA. Video Editing: Joel Margolis.
June 19 Fri: UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Commencement Speech. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Carlos Santana delivers online the keynote address at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s June 19 commencement.
Quote from Carlos Santana (UCLA Newsroom June 8, 2020): “I feel honored to be speaking to young musicians and a new generation of music scholars,” Santana said in a statement released by UCLA. The class of 2020 is resilient, and their voices are needed now more than ever. I want them to use their music as a platform to empower and unite as we seek justice and creative solutions during these challenging times”.
June 19-Aug 29: “Miraculous Supernatural 2020” Tour: USA West-South-Midwest (1st leg) & USA East-Midwest/Canada/USA East-South (2nd leg)
Note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the two legs of the June 19-Aug 29 “Miraculous Supernatural 2020” Tour are postponed to 2021.
Quote from Carlos & The Santana Band (May 20, 2020): The Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire: Miraculous Supernatural 2020 Tour is being rescheduled to 2021 in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. Please hold on to your tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled show dates. If you require a refund, they will be available when the rescheduled show dates are announced. Please reach out to your original point-of-purchase for more information. “We the Santana Band regret to inform you that we won't be able to present our music to you this Summer. This is truly beyond our control and of course is for the safety and well-being of our beloved fans. We look forward to bringing you the sounds of Light and Love next year. We will get through this together and be stronger and wiser. We wish you GOD SPEED”.
July 4 Sat: CNN Interview. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are interviewed in the show “The Fourth In America” from their Hawaiian home.
July 8 Wed: BlackPressUSA TV Interview. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Webcast. Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are interviewed from their Hawaiian home. Showing of Cindy Blackman-Santana’s video “Imagine” from her album “Give The Drummer Some” released on Sept 18, 2020.
July 28 Tue: Peace Through Music. Global Event For Social Justice. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Facebook Live webcast on Dec 1, 2020. The recording dates for each artist are unknown except for Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy (July 28, 2020). Carlos Santana and Cindy (Kauai, HI), Karl Perazzo (San Francisco, CA), Tal Wilkenfeld (Venice Beach, CA), Tito Puente, Jr. (Miami, FL), Washboard Chaz (New Orleans, LA), Los Hijos De Benkos (Palenque, Colombia), Becky G (Venice Beach, CA), Rubén Rada & Family (Montevideo, Uruguay), Andreus Valdéz Torres (Palenque, Colombia), La Escuelita Del Ritmo (Portobelo, Panama), Paulo Heman (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), “Papi” Felix Garemua (Kinshasa, Congo), Al Harban Brothers (Bahrain), Luis Carlos Cassiani Simarra (Palenque, Colombia), Cory Henry (Los Angeles, CA), André Siqueira (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), OBA Frank Lords (Miami, FL) are playing for 6 min. on: Oye Como Va.
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Aug 7 Fri: Jazziz Interview. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Webcast. Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy are interviewed from their Hawaiian home.
Sept 6 Sun: The Captain Meets Carlos Santana. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Webcast. Carlos Santana is interviewed from his Hawaiian home.
Sept 8 Tue: Partnership With The New Hampshire Department Of Education
Note: Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation partners with the New Hampshire Department of Education, Little Kids Rock and Graystone Builders to bring music education to 13 New Hampshire schools. These collective foundations raised $85,000 for the “New Hampshire Rocks!” statewide program, which aims to expand students’ educational opportunities by allowing them to create, perform and connect through music.
Quote from Carlos Santana (Little Kids Rock on YouTube Aug 25, 2020): For me, there is no greater joy than seeing the transformative powers that music can bring to a child. I know firsthand how it changed my life. It gave me a vocabulary and a confidence to know that I am significant, meaningful, and that I can make a difference in the world. That is what Little Kids Rock brings to these children – the knowledge that they are all of these things and can touch people’s hearts and make a difference in this world. It is an honor to work with Little Kids Rock and celebrate all that they continue to do in this world.
Sept 16-Nov 15: “SiriusXM Presents An Intimate Evening With Santana. Greatest Hits Live”: Las Vegas, NV (31st leg) & (32nd leg)
Note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the two legs of the Sept 16-Nov 15 “SiriusXM Presents An Intimate Evening With Santana. Greatest Hits Live” Tour are cancelled.
Quote from Carlos & The Santana Band (July 30, 2020): As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, we focus on health, hope and love and with that; taking things day by day. We have made the decision to cancel the fall Santana performance dates at House Of Blues Las Vegas so that we can all remain healthy and safe. Carlos and the Band are looking forward to sharing their music with you soon.
Sept 18 Fri: Release of Cindy Blackman-Santana’s “Give The Drummer Some”
Original release on LP, CD (Present Future USA)
Tracks: 1. Imagine (5:06) - 2. We Came To Play (5:41) - 3. She’s Got It Going On (3:20) - 4. Miles Away (1:57) - 5. Everybody’s Dancin’ - (4:57) - 6. Velocity (5:22) - 7. I Need A Drummer (3:50) - 8. Superbad (6:52) - 9. You Don’t Wanna Breaka My Heart (5:11) - 10. Evolution Revolution (3:56) - 11. Change Is In Your Hands (3:36) - 12. Dance Party (3:35) - 13. Fun Party Splash (5:06) - 14. Social Justice (2:36) - 15. Twilight Mask (9:13) - 16. Mother Earth (1:18) - 17. Black Pearl (7:35)
Musicians: Cindy Blackman-Santana, Carlos Santana #1, #5, #9, #13, #14, #15, #17, John McLaughlin #2, #8, Narada Michael Walden #1, #3, #5, #7, #8, #9, #13, Kirk Hammett #10, Vernon Reid #10, #11, #17
W/Benny Rietveld #4, #10, #11, #15, #17, Andy Vargas #11, #14, Yameen Allworld #12, Ray Angry #12, Tracy Blackman #13, Cornell Carter #1, #7, #13, Matthew Charles Heulitt #1, #3, #7, #8, Justus Dobrin #1, #3, #5, #7, #8, #13, Neal Evans #4, #6, #10, #17, Matt Garrison #2, #6, #14, Sandy Griffith #1, #7, #13, James Henry #3, Troy Lampkins #3, #5, #8, #13, Tal Morris #5, #9, #13, Bill Ortiz #4, #12, Jim Reitzel #10, Angeline Saris #1, #7, Nate’ Soulsanger #1, #7
Mastered by Jim Reitzel. Recorded: #1, #3, #5, #7, #8, #9, #13 Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA, #2, #4, #6, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #16, #17 Studio at the Palms
Note: #13 already released on digital platforms on Aug 25, 2017.
LP - CD
Oct 6: Launch of “Mirayo” Cannabis Brand
Note: To bring Mirayo to market, Santana partnered with Left Coast Ventures on Jan 15, 2020. The Santa Rosa based company has launched cannabis brands with other iconic musicians, including Mind Your Head™, with famed Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, and Marley Natural™, a collaboration with the Bob Marley estate.
Quote from Carlos Santana (Oct 6, 2020): In my experience, cannabis has special properties that enhance meditative reflection and creative expression. It can dispel negative doubt to reveal the everlasting gift of our uniqueness. With Mirayo, I hope to help people use cannabis as a door to a more benevolent behavior like kindness and compassion.
Nov 19 Thu: The 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards. Miami, FL
Note: Complete performance broadcast on same day on American TV Univision. Nomination in the Best Rock Song category: “Yo Me Lo Merezco” feat. Buika (from Santana’s 33rd album “Africa Speaks”). The winner is "Biutiful" (from Mon Laferte’s album “Noche Musical”). Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the show is filmed in Miami and features performances from cities from all over the globe.
Nov 20 Fri: Virtual Cannabis Talk 101. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Carlos Santana talks about his new cannabis brand “Mirayo” launched on Oct 6, 2020, and produced in partnership with Santa Rosa based Left Coast Ventures.
Dec 17 Thu: “En Dialogo” With Carlos Santana & Cheech Marin. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Virtual conversation with Carlos Santana, Dolores Huerta and Cheech Marin moderated by Jesse “Chuy” Varela. Fundraiser for The Cheech Marin Center For The Chicano Arts And Culture Of The Riverside Art Museum.
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Dec 24 Thu: PRS Guitars Long Distance. Paul Calls Carlos Santana. Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Note: Virtual conversation between Paul Reed Smith and Carlos Santana.
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