On January 26, 1993 the Grateful Dead celebrated Chinese New Year’s at Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California. Guitarist Carlos Santana, a Bay Area fixture who came up from the ranks at the same time as The Dead, sat in for the post Space/Drums section of the evening’s second set as well as the encore.
Santana, who had sat in with the band a number of times over the years, wound up guesting on “The Other One” > “Stella Blue” > “Turn On Your Lovelight” to end the closing stanza plus the “Gloria” encore. For “Stella Blue,” GD guitarist Bob Weir taught Carlos the chords on the fly. Carlos unleashes a beautiful solo towards the end of the version and an audience member captured fan-shot video of the guest spot. Watch how it went down with soundboard audio thanks to LoloYodel:
Words by: Stu Kelly
Images by: Ian Rawn
15 Most Memorable Lockn’ Festival 2014 Sets
The 2014 Lockn’ Music and Arts Festival was packed full of highlights featuring some of the most well respected and artistically creative bands touring the circuit today. With two main stages adjacent to one another, festival attendees were treated to the luxury of not missing a note of music in the main festival area. Two other stages were used for early morning sets and late night after-parties and everything was scheduled around the main stages, giving fans a chance to begin seeing music as early as 11 a.m. and staying up past 4 a.m.
The entire culture and atmosphere can only be described as something majestic and intrinsically beautiful. Approximately 30,000 people constructed this utopian society fueled by love and the desire to explore and preserve the festival culture. Stepping into this society, even for the weekend, felt like experiencing another world where anything is possible and there’s nothing to worry about.
The entire weekend was full of interesting collaborations and inspiring covers as this year’s lineup featured everything from local bands who had to fight for their spot on the main stage, through the Rockn’ to Lockn’ contest, to the other side of the spectrum of rock and roll royalty. This particular environment worked so well not only due to the caliber of talent booked but also the schedule of the events as they were set to unfold. It was especially interesting to see String Cheese Incident sandwich their sets with Umphrey’s McGee as well as former members of the Grateful Dead the following day. The same fluidity could be felt as Widespread Panic traded sets with Phil Lesh, Tom Petty and the Allman Brothers.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Acoustic Set: 12:00 a.m. Triangle Stage 9/5
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals