Santana mural in progress.

Carlos Santana, the music icon who once lived in the Mission has returned. His face has, at least. Over the course of the last several weeks the large mural depicting the Mexican American guitarist has slowly been emerging. Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and painted by artists Mel Waters, the mural is a stunning addition to the corner of 19th and Mission Streets.

Today at noon in front of the mural, a small ceremony will commemorate the newly completed mural depicting one of the Mission’s biggest icons. Community leaders will speak about the significance of Santana in the Mission’s Latino heritage. Aztec dancers will also be on-scene to offer a dance to bless the mural as well as drummers, and capoeira groups.

Santana himself will be performing an instrumental version of the National Anthem at Game 4 at AT&T park tonight, so it’s even possible the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer himself might be there.

It wouldn’t be the first time he’s appeared at a Mission District event. Here he is performing at Mission High in 2011 (his alma mater):

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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  1. Cool! I heard Hank and Raph arrived 10 hours early for this cuz they were so excited. They were smacking each other’s asses when nobody was watching! :O