Saturday July 22, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Browse the wares of local vendors and artists, enjoy local cuisine and dance to the music of Los Lobos.
Having started as a garage band in East L.A. in 1973 - just friends making music and hanging out together- Los Lobos was originally called Los Lobos del Este (de Los Angeles), a play on a popular norteño band called Los Lobos del Norte. Lead vocalist/guitarist David Hidalgo, whose arsenal also includes accordion, percussion, bass, keyboards, melodic, drums, violin and banjo, met drummer, Louie Pérez at Garfield High in East LA and started a garage band. Then came vocalist, guitarist and mandolin player, Cesar Rosas, bassist, Conrad Lozano, and saxophonist, flutist, harmonica player Steve Berlin who joined the group after performing on and co-producing (with T-Bone Burnett) the breakthrough 1983 EP, And A Time To Dance. By the time they released their major label breakthrough, How Will the Wolf Survive? (1984), Los Lobos had become East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy winning band (Best Mexican American/Tejano Music Performance). Drummer Louie Pérez, the "poet laureate" of Los Lobos, once called the band's powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music "the soundtrack of the barrio." More than four decades, two more Grammys, the global success of their hit, "La Bamba" and thousands of performances across the globe later, they are still jamming with the same raw intensity they had when they began in that garage in 1973. Their latest (24th) release, Gates of Gold (2015) "speaks of rural America, but also about the immigrant experience, the promise of a new life as one travels across borders, all the thoughts a person making that daring move might have connected to the dream of what America is." NPR wrote that the music "bursts with the spirit of exploration that has marked Los Lobos' best work over the years." FREE!
Also featured on the 3 Summerfest Stages throughout the day are the following outstanding New Mexico bands: Lone Piñon, Frontera Bugalu, Frank Leto & PANdemonium, Claudio Tolousse, Calle 66, Citizens of Tape City, Ryan Montaño, Tracey Whitney & The Boyz, Baracutanga, Wild Humans, Delphia, Cactus Tactor, Gregg Daigle Band, Cali Shaw Band, Pray for Brain featuring Kat & Vio, Chris Dracup Blues Band, Bébé La La, Youth Performers on the KidZone Stage, and more!