El Tecolote and Carlos Santana go way back. To the April 28, 1971 edition of El Tecolote to be exact, less than a full year after this bilingual community newspaper’s founding. With shared roots in the San Francisco Mission District, by the time Santana graced El Tecolote’s cover, he had already entered his one-of-a-kind music into Americana legend, playing at Woodstock ’69, doing his outsized part in launching “Latin rock.”

Fast forward to late 2021, Santana’s family was honored with a mural in the Mission District, prompting the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to return home. It was there El Tecolote editor Alexis Terrazas caught up with the 10-time Grammy winner, who remembered this publication as “el centro de consciousness.” It is high honors to be recognized as such by a talent whose skill or cultural impact cannot be overstated. (Listen to the full interview here or below.)

So with Santana’s latest tour, Miraculous Supernatural, (supported by fellow legends Earth, Wind & Fire) featuring two stops in the Bay Area, El Tecolote made sure to catch the living legend in his element. Check out this photo gallery of Santana’s June 21st, 2022 show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California (by D.A. Mission Photos).

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Santana at a ceremony honoring his family in the Mission District in late 2021. Photo: Alexis Terrazas

Carlos’ younger brother, Jorge, played in the band Malo. El Tecolote covered Malo’s percussionist Leo Rosales in summer 1973. Listen to El Tecolote’s virtual forum on Latin rock from the San Francisco Mission District to around the world, which included Rosales, and percussionist in Santana’s band, Karl Perazzo here.