LIVE: Los Lobos @ MASS MoCA, 4/5/12

April 10th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

There are few bands that can entertain an audience as holistically as Los Lobos, and even fewer that have played with such gusto and imagination for so long. The multiple Grammy Award-winning band from East L.A., who appeared at Mass MoCA in 1999 for the venue’s grand opening celebrations, returned to North Adams for a sold-out acoustic show last Thursday that appealed to the mind, booty and soul.

Opening with “Angels with Dirty Faces” from 1992’s classic “Kiko,” Los Lobos showed just why it was going to be a special night. Guitarist Dave Hidalgo was in fine voice, and coaxed by Steve Berlin (on keys and baritone saxophone), he ripped into a wild solo that adroitly referenced Jimi Hendrix’s motif from “Third Stone from the Sun.” Cesar Rosas took the lead on the next song, a rousing “Chuco’s Cumbia” from 2006’s “The Town and the City,” that had patrons dancing in the corners near the stage. “Will the Wolf Survive?” the song that really broke Los Lobos in the public consciousness in the early ’80s, was roots rock at its best, drawing even more to the dance floor in front of the stage. Louie Perez, playing jarana huesteca, took the lead vocal on the mystical “Saint Behind the Glass,” replete with Hidalgo’s high octave fills, Berlin’s haunting synths and the exuberant drumming of new recruit, the ever-smiling Enrique “Bugs” Gonzales.

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Los Lobos Headed Back to Mass MoCA April 5 [Berkshire on Stage]

April 2nd, 2012, 12:00 pm by Sara
Los Lobos

Los Lobos

It’s been far too long. Hace mucho que no nos vemos. Last spotted in North Adams at MASS MoCA’s opening weekend celebration in May 1999, Los Lobos returns to the Tunnel City to pack Mass MoCA’s Hunter Center on Thursday, April 5, at 8 PM for a concert sponsored by Berkshire Gas. Rolling Stone Magazine says, “With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game like Los Lobos”, and they are touring in support of their acclaimed new album – their first in four years – Tin Can Trust.

Their debut album three decades ago was Just Another Band from East L.A., but fans know that Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of its humble roots. With its unique mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, folk and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, Los Lobos has created some of America’s most inventive and inspiring music, notching numerous #1 singles, three Grammys and millions of albums sold along the way.

Best known for covers of the Ritchie Valens classics, “La Bamba” and “Come On, Let’s Go,” Los Lobos has assembled a body of work diverse enough to captivate fans worldwide. All About Jazz raved, “The genius of Los Lobos resides in their innate ability to find the redemptive power of music, no matter the style they choose to play.”

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