If you search “Los Lobos” on Spotify and hit shuffle, you’ll get a mix of everything. Everything includes, but isn’t limited to, soft acoustic, Latino rock and even a few Disney classics.
Los Lobos combine rock, blues, country and Mexican folk to achieve their eclectic sound. Louie Perez, the band’s drummer and percussionist, describes their music as “the soundtrack of the barrio.” I’d describe it as upbeat but with delectable Mexican flavor; it induces an irresistible urge to dance.
The group started out as a high school garage band in East L.A. in 1973 when Perez and David Hidalgo bonded over similar music tastes. Many wedding party and Mexican restaurant gigs later, Slash Records signed them in 1983. They released a seven song EP called …And a Time to Dance. Forty-five years after its formation and the band is still jammin’. The current members include Perez, Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez.
Maintaining their roots has always been important to the musicians. The name of their first full-length album, How Will the Wolf Survive?, references the band’s struggles to be successful while sticking to Mexican tradition and folk music. Lorenzo says the band’s connection with its Mexican roots came full circle in its 2013 live album, Disconnected in New York City, because the album laid off the drums and electric bass and included more of what they describe as “authentic instruments” like the guitarron, a 6-string Mexican bass.
Los Lobos performed at Roots N Blues N BBQ in 2011 and 2014, and we’re excited to welcome them back to the music festival stage in 2018. If you’re looking for a taste of the barrio, make sure you don’t miss it.