During that gig, Santana was accompanied by his son, Salvador, on keyboards. On Sunday, the guitar icon did a rendition of the anthem with his wife, Cindy Blackman, on drums.
Blackman is an accomplished jazz drummer, but she might be familiar to rock fans from her time playing with Lenny Kravitz. For instance, she lent a her talents to his 1993 hit, “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”
Interestingly, Blackman hails from Ohio, creating the possibility that the Warriors had the national anthem performed by a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But even if that’s the case, it was worth it for Santana’s rockin’, vocals-free arrangement.