January 7th, 2006
On Saturday, January 7th Carlos made a surprise guest appearance at what would have been Bill GrahamвЂ™s 75th Birthday party at the Fillmore in San Francisco. He did more then honor his friend, he jammed with just about everyone on the bill and even played a couple of songs with Santana keyboardist, Chester Thompson.
The evening opened with Bob WeirвЂ™s Rat Dog playing a solid set of Grateful Dead classics. From there, Jackson Browne took the stage and was soon joined by Bonnie Raitt for a beautiful rendition of вЂњI Am a PatriotвЂќ. Later in JacksonвЂ™s set, Carlos & Karl Perazzo joined him on вЂњThe Next Voice You HearвЂќ. Carlos played elegantly, intertwining leads and fills with the 8 piece gospel choir called вЂњThe Levite CampвЂќ, that sang with Jackson. After a quick set change, Carlos joined Mickey Hart and 75 percussion players for a very percussive version of вЂњJingoвЂќ. Amongst the percussion players were Karl Perazzo, David & Alex Graham, Kitaro, Rebeca Mauleon-Santana and some of the Santana office staff.
When the percussionist left the stage, Carlos and Chester Thompson were introduced by David & Alex Graham. Carlos & CT honored Bill with a heart felt вЂњI Love You Much Too MuchвЂќ. This was BillвЂ™s favorite Santana song. As the ballad ended they jammed into вЂњVenus/ Upper EgyptвЂќ as вЂњMeanвЂќ Willie Green and some of the Neville Brothers Band joined them for the tune.
After a few words from BillвЂ™s friends, The Neville Brothers took the stage and played a full show with everyone joining them individually and for an all-star jam in the encore. Carlos joined them early in their set on вЂњFeverвЂќ and вЂњCharlieвЂќ and then in the final jam that included вЂњIko IkoвЂќ -> вЂњJambalayaвЂќ -> вЂњAmazing GraceвЂќ -> вЂњOne Love / People ReadyвЂќ. Just when everyone thought the night was over, Carlos and Chester jumped into вЂњRight on Be FreeвЂќ and the Fillmore was rockinвЂ™. The encores featured the Neville Brothers, Carlos, Chester, Bob Weir, Jackson Browne, Mickey Hart, Bonnie Raitt and The Levite Camp. It was a great birthday celebration! Bill would have approved.