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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Los Lobos: Professional Rockers For Nigh on Thirty Years

Posted by on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I first saw Los Lobos in 1983, in a tiny community center in El Paso. I was there to see a band called the Nelsons, a Lubbock-based new-wave outfit trafficking exclusively in variations on the Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” which meshed well with my 15-year-old tastes. Opening the show: an unknown-to-me Los Lobos, who’d just released their …And a Time to Dance EP and whose music set the air of that community center on fire. (Not only did they fucking rock, they had songs.) After Los Lobos’ short set, the Nelsons sounded like my cousins playing in the basement; I left early and tracked down …And a Time to Dance as soon as I could. Three decades later, Los Lobos remain one of the greatest live bands on the planet, as well as a canny group of professionals (see 2009’s Los Lobos Goes Disney). Coming off a tour of Europe with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the band hits the Triple Door for a three-night run celebrating its 40th anniversary.


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