LOS LOBOS (USA)



In 1973, in East LA, a group of high school friends hanging out together decided to start a garage band. What they created however, was far from “Just another band”In 1984 their album “How Will The Wolf Survive?was such a major success that it still ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. Their worldwide smash hit recording of “La Bamba,” from the 1987 film reached #1 in the U.S. and UK singles charts and catapulted the band into the spotlight that they surely deserve. And for a band to not only survive, but continue to create and produce such culturally rich, musically rocking and lyrically provocative work year after year is a solid testament to their talent. Rolling Stone Magazine was not wrong when it claimed that “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them”. And thankfully, it didn’t end thereNow, after celebrating their 45th anniversary, the hard working and constantly touring band – David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin – still show no sign of slowing down and extend an open invitation to join them in their fifth decade of making music! “We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of the bandHaving released over 20 albums, Los Lobos have a distinct identifiable sound, and yet their incredible body of work is varied, diverse and never predictable. Perez, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Four decades, three Grammys, the global success of “La Bamba” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well — and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973. In all these years, at the heart of their music, and at the heart of the band, there has always been, and continues to be, good old Rock’n’Roll.