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Free Music and Dance at your San Francisco Public Library: “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music running August 27 through November 13 at your San Francisco Public Library!

All the deets, below.

See you there at the Opening Event:

“Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will feature Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.”

“Music, Dance, Books, Films and More Highlight San Francisco Library

Exhibition on Latinos in Popular Music

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, on view in the

Skylight Gallery, Main Library, Aug. 27-Nov. 13

 From free music and dance performances, to film screenings, album art and literature talks, the San Francisco Public Library will be humming with activity from August to November, thanks to more than 25 special events in support of the exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.

The traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Aug. 27-Nov. 13, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

Developed by the Experience Music Project and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), American Sabor travels to 12 cities through 2015. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Among the exciting programs coming to the San Francisco Public Library in support of the exhibition is an opening event, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.  They will perform and provide educational insights on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation.  Chelis Lopez of KPOO radio station will serve as the emcee.

Family and children’s programs include From Latin Beats to Tiny Feet, a free performance on Sept.24 with La Familia Peña-Govea and youth ensemble Futuro Picante. On Oct. 21, children can help build a Dia de los Muertos altar at the Bernal Heights Branch Library. And the Library’s third annual Tricycle Music Fest West has a special Latin theme this year with three free concerts featuring Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. On Nov. 5, teens will participate in a special Latin dance competition at the Main Library. See a complete list of programs below.

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Carlos Santana Proposes to Drummer Cindy Blackman on Stage During Performance

Monday, July 12th, 2010

[UPDATE: Turns out that they got hitched in Maui at the end of 2010.]

Marin County denizen Carlos Santana asked his drummer to marry him four songs into the show at Tinley Park, IL a few days back. Deets below.

(Haven’t seen Santana since that epic day a decade ago when he played the Bill Graham at the Windows 2000 launch after being introduced by Bill Gates and actor Patrick Stewart and/or I saw him in his BMW Z8 supercar up at Stintson…)

All the deets:

Carlos Santana Engaged to Cindy Blackman Following Onstage Proposal at Chicago Stop of Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010

LOS ANGELES, July 12  — Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed toacclaimed drummer Cindy Blackmanonstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.  Carlos popped the question four songs into the show–the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010–following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.”  After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana.  “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful.  I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener.  Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.  Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005).  As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven–featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale–was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis.  Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records–after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition–featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks–in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com