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®.