Carlos Sanatana And The Doobie Brothers Delight At The Xcel


Every review of a Carlos Santana show on his current tour refers to Woodstock. With the planned Woodstock 50 festival turning out to be a flaming pile of the contents of a porta-a-potty on the last day of the original festival it’s hard not to draw comparisons. After all Carlos Santana was THERE 50 years ago. And he embraces it with a Woodstock montage leading up to his set at the Xcel. Some of the crowd might have been there as well. There clearly was no chance any of the fans would leave the show early to catch Diplo’s set at the X Games. 

For this tour Santana brought along a band that usually headlines their own tours. Bay area legends the Doobie Brothers. 

Set List: Rockin’ Down the Highway / Take Me in Your Arms / Spirit / Ukiah / Clear as the Driven Snow / Cotton Mouth / Bill Payne keyboard solo / Takin’ It to the Streets / Sweet Maxine / Jesus Is Just Alright / Without You / Long Train Runnin’ / China Grove

Encore: Black Water / Listen to the Music

Carlos Santana took his time playing for almost 2 hours and covering a wide range from his impressive catalogue as well as several covers. Would you expect John Lennon’s “Imagine” yeah probably it makes sense. Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me“ to close out his set? Not so much, but it was well rendered and received.

Set List: Woodstock Intro / Soul Sacrifice / Jin-go-lo-ba / Evil Ways / A Love Supreme / (Da Le) Yaleo / Put Your Lights On / She’s Not There / Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen / Oye como va / Hope You’re Feeling Better / Imagine / Breaking Down the Door / Maria Maria / Foo Foo / 

Corazón espinado / Somebody’s Watching Me / 

Encore: Are You Ready / Samba pa ti / Smooth / Love, Peace and Happiness