Fresh off of receiving his Kennedy Center Honors Award last week, Carlos Santana took the stage with his band Santana this past Saturday, December 14th for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event performing to a sold out house at Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Mexico. Santana was joined by some of Latin music’s biggest and brightest stars including ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs , Gloria Estefan , Juanes, Miguel, Fher Olvera of Mana, Nina Pastori, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Romeo Santos , Soledad and Diego Torres , performing songs from his forthcoming studio album Corazon , to be released in spring 2014. The live concert will be released on DVD next year and will premiere on HBO Latino and HBO Latin America in spring 2014.
The concert also featured some of Santana’s greatest hits including a rendition of “Corazon Espinado” featuring Fher Olvera of Mana and Cindy Blackman Santana on drums, “Maria, Maria” featuring Miguel, “Oye Como Va,” “Samba Pa Ti” and many others. One of the many highlights of the night was the performance of the new single “La Flaca” where Santana was joined by Juanes on stage and a performance of “Saideira,” the Portuguese language single, featuring Samuel Rosa of Skank. Other highlights included Gloria Estefan singing “Besos De Lejos,” Romeo Santos on “Margarita,” Miguel on “Indy Jones,” “Iron Lion Zion” with Elan Atias and ChoQuibTown, and “Una Noche A Napoli” with Lila Downs , Nina Pastori , and Soledad.
Said Carlos Santana of the event: “It was a profound honor to share this evening with all my brothers and sisters who have come together to share their hearts’ music with us. It was especially moving for me to perform this show in Guadalajara, so close to where I was born and first experienced the joys of this life. I am thankful to everyone, all the artists, bands, crew, managers, Sony, Mexico Tourism Board, HBO and the staff at Arena VFG for making this one of the most memorable concerts in my lifetime. “