Santana To Play Benefit For San Francisco School

Santana is gearing up for the launch of his world tour next month, and on April 11 the guitar virtuoso will play a special show for the San Francisco School Of The Arts as part of its annual fundraising concert.

Santana, who took home nine Grammy Awards for his "Supernatural" LP earlier this year (see "Santana Rolls On Grammy Night; TLC, Eminem, Aguilera Hit Gold"), will take the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium with the school's jazz band and concert orchestra, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Charles Thompson, keyboardist from the Santana Band, will pitch in for the concert as well, and the event will also feature a live and silent auction of various items and rock memorabilia, including a special commemorative Fillmore poster.

"I am honored to participate in this event to help raise funds on behalf of the San Francisco School of the Arts," Santana said in an announcement regarding his involvement with the show. "[The

school] plays an important role in the lives of many gifted young people from throughout the Bay Area … I enjoy playing this benefit and sharing the gift of music with some very talented young artists."

The San Francisco School Of The Arts is the only publicly-funded high school in the Bay Area, with an enrollment of around 400 students studying programs in music, dance, theatre arts, film, and visual arts.

Santana will start his world tour on April 22 and 23 in Tokyo before heading to Europe in May and June. The U.S. leg of the tour, featuring Macy Gray as the opening act, will kick off on July 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida.