About the Event
David Hidalgo (vocals, guitars)
Louie Pérez, Jr. (vocals, guitars)
Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitars, bass, Hammond B3 organ)
Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass)
Steve Berlin (saxes, midisax, keyboards)
Over the last five decades, the East Los Angeles-bred band Los Lobos has made an indelible mark on music history by exploring an enormous diversity of genres—rock ’n’ roll and R&B, surf music and soul, mariachi and música norteña, punk rock and country—and building a boldly unpredictable sound all their own. On their new album, Native Sons, the multi-Grammy® winners map their musical DNA by covering a kaleidoscopic selection of songs from their homeland, ultimately creating a crucial snapshot of Los Angeles’s musical heritage.
As with all their catalog, Native Sons reveals Los Lobos’ ability to merge genres and styles with both sophistication and playful spontaneity, an element that’s perfectly reflected in the album’s unbridled joy.
Having formed in 1973 (and gotten their start playing spirited renditions of Mexican folk music at parties and in restaurants), Los Lobos quickly found their footing in Los Angeles’ punk/college-rock scene and began sharing bills with bands like Public Image Ltd. and the Circle Jerks. After making their major label debut with 1984’s critically lauded How Will the Wolf Survive? (co-produced by Berlin and T Bone Burnett), they went on to achieve such triumphs as contributing a smash-hit cover of Ritchie Valens’s signature song “La Bamba” to the 1987 biopic of the same name, winning three Grammys®.
On her upcoming third solo album, She Ought to Be King, Mexican American vocalist and singer-songwriter Lisa Morales once again affirms her world-class stature with a distinctive perspective and a remarkable capacity for looking both inward and outward. The Texas-based artist calls on people to come together in these stressful personal and political times. She demands people’s rights and paints everyday portraits of the pressures of motherhood and womanhood. “I’ve been looking at how strong we women are,” Morales says. “We keep evolving and gaining more confidence with time. We don’t sink into our own shoes; we stand taller in them. The title She Ought to Be King echoes that.”
In the first single, “Freedom,” Morales sings about the power of loving each other as a mother does and speaking up when we see injustices. The message: simply love thy neighbor. The 12-song She Ought to Be King is produced by noted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Garza. “Freedom” features Santana co-founder Gregg Rolie, who plays organ and provides backing vocals. It also features bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Rachel Eckroth, and drummer Beth Goodfellow. She Ought to Be King maintains the high standard of emotional forthrightness that Morales established on her earlier solo efforts, Beautiful Mistake and Luna Negra & the Daughter of the Sun.
Lone Star Music called Beautiful Mistake “one of the most beautiful records that will be released all year … an absolutely flat-out devastating and stunning work of art.” Rolling Stone called her “one of the most multifaceted artists to watch.” The later album revealed her Mexican heritage, both in poetic and lyrical rhythm as it stylistically weaved in Spanglish.
Like her cousin Linda Ronstadt, Lisa and her sister Roberta grew up in a musical family in Tucson, learning to perform traditional Mexican music while developing broad-ranging musical taste prior to moving to Texas. She recorded six albums with Sisters Morales, the beloved sibling duo in which she partnered with Roberta, who passed away from cancer in August 2021.