Crestone Eagle, April 2003:
Santana to perform at the Crestone Music Festival!
The Crestone Music Festival will gain major
fame this year! Festival director Tom Dessain is very pleased
to announce that Santana will be donating a special one hour
performance at this year’s Music Festival. This world-famous
band is scheduled to appear Sunday afternoon on August 10.
Carlos Santana and several of his band members are on a national
peace tour around the country in response to the US-led war
on Iraq. Santana’s promotional material states “We
are all one people on this earth. It is time to stop making
war with each other . . . through music we all speak a common
language.” The purpose of this tour is to raise people’s
consciousness about the wrongness of this war and to support
local anti-war movements.
Santana will be holding a benefit show in Denver on August
9 and will also be performing in Santa Fe on August 10. They
will stop in Crestone enroute to Santa Fe. Dessain reported
that in an email that Carlos Santana sent to him he said that
he had been aware of Crestone and its spiritual community
for many years and had hoped to visit here. He was encouraged
to do a benefit here by long-time friend Richie Havens, who
headlined the Crestone Music Festival in 2001.
Dessain was ecstactic over the announcement. “This
will put Crestone on the festival map,” he said. Some
concerns were raised about handling the larger crowd that
is sure to come to see Santana. “We’ll just have
to deal with it.” said Dessain. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime
dream come true.”
For ticket ordering information see page 12 this issue.
Santana was originally formed in the 1960’s and has
been known for their expressive latin-style rock and roll,
and mind-expanding music. Their album “Supernatural”
was a huge hit all around the world.
Crestone Eagle publisher Kizzen Laki, also a long-time
fan of Santana, had suggested to Tom Dessain that he try and
get them for the Festival. Tom said that it was impossible.
Too big and too much money! Oh, but nothing is impossible
for Kizzen’s April Fools joke when dreamers and pranksters
have their day. (But someday it may be true—we did get
our 2ft. of snow) See you at the Festival anyway. Peace!
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