Los Lobos performs at March 30 at 8 p.m.
Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.
Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band— Los Lobos —saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream Rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Drummer 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.” Three decades, two more Grammy Awards, a worldwide smash single “La Bamba” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving and thriving while still jamming with the same raw intensity that they started with back in a garage in 1973.
Los Lobos chronicles a key moment of their expansive journey on Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marks their 40th anniversary and launches their new association with 429 Records. Recorded over two nights in December 2012 at The City Winery in NYC, the engaging 12-song set celebrates Los Lobos’ great legacy as a freewheeling and unpredictable live band, which most recently includes touring in Europe with Neil Young and Crazy Horse in June 2013. Disconnected in New York City features fresh interpretations of songs from throughout their three-decade recording career, including their first ever live recording of “La Bamba,” their worldwide pop crossover hit from the 1987 film which reached #1 on the U.S. and U.K. singles charts and whose video won a 1988 MTV Music Video Award. The collection covers the band’s 25-year studio discography, from “Gotta Let You Know” through “Tin Can Trust,” a Bluesy Rock ballad that was the title cut from their last studio release in 2010.
Today, Los Lobos continue to explore the musical terrain, and incorporate their eclectic influences into a repertoire that continues to evolve and to the delight of fans throughout the world.