5/16/17: Santana “Soul Sacrifice” 

Woodstock, of course, took place in 1969 in upstate New York. An audience of over 400,000 all made it out to a dairy farm in upstate New York for three (eventually four, due to rain delays) days of music and art. Woodstock has come to represent a lot of good things about the counterculture movement, and considering an uninhibited audience of nearly half a million, only two fatalities is as close to a miracle as we can hope for. Especially with the infamous events at Altamont that would soon follow.

Woodstock. 32 acts, each one a legend in their own right. Hardly anyone knew who Carlos Santana was, and his set in the early afternoon was bookended by names that most of us have forgotten. Far from the Saturday night headliners of The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone and The Who, Carlos Santana could have easily stayed relegated to the background on a ticket filled with rock n’ roll royalty.

Woodstock legends and tales passed down from festival-goer to festival-goer say that Carlos and the band were sky-high when they took the stage, having partaken in some of the more mind-altering substances that gained popularity in certain circles around the time of the Summer of Love. The band hadn’t even released an album at the time of the festival, and a no-show forced them on stage even sooner than expected. Taking the stage all the same, Santana and company delivered an amazing performance that placed them firmly on the musical map.

Carlos Santana, already a young guitar maestro, Greg Rollie – who would go on to found Journey – and a young man named Michael Shrieve pounding away on drums. Their performance is dynamic, each one lending a unique energy that comes together into something greater than the sum of its parts. The whole of Woodstock’s sizable crowd may not have known who they were before they took the stage, but they certainly did by the time the band finished playing.

My favorite song they did that day was “Soul Sacrifice,” and it’s an instrumental. You have to watch the video to fully appreciate it, and it earns every ounce of the #9 spot on my list of the top ten live performances of all time.

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