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Bill Graham and Santana at Woodstock
Fresh to the San Francisco music scene—playing a combination of bluesy electric guitar, Latin percussion and organ—Carlos Santana rose to the national music stage through his performance at Woodstock, thanks to Bill Graham. Graham agreed to help recruit performers for Woodstock under the condition that Santana, a little known band at the time, perform at the show. He then booked Santana on a tour of musical festivals with incremental audiences to prepare the band for the overwhelming crowds at Woodstock, since before this Santana had only performed for small audiences on the West Coast.
Next week, American Sabor will open at the San Francisco Public Library, where visitors can hear Santana’s account of Woodstock and also participate in the many community and education programs planned to help people experience the music highlighted in American Sabor. East Coasters can see the larger exhibit hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center at the Ripley Center’s International Gallery on the National Mall through October 9, 2011.