Woodstock Day 2 – August 16, 1969 – with thoughts about Santana……..

August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival
August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival

August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival

 

[FA_Lite id=”24675″] Quill opened day two at Woodstock.Since I don’t remember or didn’t know them I went to Wikipedia to find out a little about the band……

Quill was a popular Northeast United States band that played extensively throughout New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic states in the late 1960s and that gained national attention by performing at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. The band was originally founded by two singer/songwriters and brothers from the Boston area, Jon and Dan Cole.

 

Well, that explains it, if they came to Philly, I don’t remember hearing about them! Anyway Country Joe MacDonald played solo next, he would return later to play with Country Joe and the Fish.

Santana was the next act, and when I read that this morning, I decided to immediately go and listen to the band’s self-titled début album. As I listened to the album for the first time in a REALLY long time, most of the time through the years if I listened to Santana I listened to  Abraxas, I realized, they were a very successful genre bending band. Their mix of  rock, jazz and Latin rhythms was unique, as was/is Carlos’ guitar playing! Anyway, I guess Carlos helped start me on my way to liking variety in my music and maybe an appreciation for the MUSIC over the vocals n the lyrics, because in the end I think that for Carlos it was an is the music!! Here’s a post fresh off the web from Rolling Stone , check it out….

Exclusive: Carlos Santana Remembers ‘Monumental’ Woodstock Fest, 45 Years Later

Here’s Carlos performing “Soul Sacrifice on that Saturday afternoon 45 years ago!!!! Still sounds fresh doesn’t it……