In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 frame grab from video provided by KRON-TV, famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana, left, greets his former bandmate Marcus Malone on the streets of Oakland, Calif.
*A news reporter for a San Francisco news station has reunited rock legend Carlos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn’t seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland.
Reporter Stanley Roberts ran into percussionist Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week, KRON-TV in San Francisco reports.
Although he initially was skeptical of the homeless man’s claim that the Santana Blues Band got its start in his mother’s garage in the late 1960s, Roberts checked out the story and confirmed it. And on Friday, he took Santana for a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying. (Video after the jump.)
The singer and her husband Teddy – already the parents of three children, while Teddy has a daughter from a previous relationship – just welcomed their fourth child, Santana, in Los Angeles on Saturday, reports Essence.com.
“With the biggest grin plastered across his face, my husband and proud dad, Teddy, held my hand as I cried tears of joy when my doctor handed me our new son,” Tina told the website. “After nine challenging months of carrying our son, every second of it all became so worth it, in this moment. We’re so privileged to have, once again, experienced the gift of childbirth.”
Atkins-Campbell’s sister and bandmate Erica gave birth to her third child, a daughter named Zaya, in January.
*On Aug. 5, Tower of Power will celebrate 40 years with a show stopping live performance at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. The iconic band, known for “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” still knows how to get down and get funky.
Honoring tradition of big band music, Tower of Power blows audiences away with a fully outfitted band with funky twist.
Founder, Emilio Castillo who plays second sax and works the vocals, says this concert is going to be “huge.”
Mary J. Blige performing at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party
*Ann Powers, LA Times music critic writes …
It was another official Night to Remember. Yet despite a showstopping appearance by Mary J. Blige and other performances of note from Harry Connick, Jr. and Maxwell, the event didn’t hold its audience.
Many famous faces exited just before midnight; by the time Jamie Foxx came out to close the show less than an hour later, the venue was perhaps one-third full.
The rapid loss of heat affected the impact of what was happening onstage. Jennifer Hudson’s heartfelt two-song tribute to Barbra Streisand (who stayed to witness the honor) didn’t bring down the house the way her post-”Dreamgirls” appearance had a few years previous. Rob Thomas and Santana were lively, but the empty seats before them suggested the fading moments of a wedding reception.
Why did this happen? There were other parties to attend, for one thing. The Roots and Ne-Yo both hosted late-starting events; in fact, the R&B crooner was part of that big-name exodus.