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By Charles Leslie
Special to The Pagosa Springs SUN Online
The renowned Latin blues-rock band Los Lobos returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Thursday, March 27, with its “Disconnected” tour. Curtain is 7:30 p.m.
The album “Disconnected in New York City” was recorded live and released in October 2013 to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. Los Lobos last performed at the Community Concert Hall in 2009.
Los Lobos may be most widely known for the hit “La Bamba,” but the band continues to reign as one of the world’s most innovative and critically acclaimed groups.
As Rolling Stone magazine wrote, “… with the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.”
Formed in the mid-1970s, Los Lobos began as a traditional acoustic Mexican group. Under the influence of L.A.’s ’80s punk rock scene, however, the members decided to go electric, thus incorporating their blues, R&B, Latin, jazz and rock influences into a more energized sound.
In 1987, Los Lobos achieved widespread fame creating the soundtrack for the movie La Bamba, a story about the life and tragic end of Mexican-American pop star Richie Valenz. Over the years, the band has continued to write and release ground-breaking music. The band returns to its roots with “Disconnected in New York City,” recorded during shows at the City Winery in New York City.
Never heavy-handed with politics or agendas, Los Lobos is said to subtly challenge its fans with conscience-raising songs and thought-provoking lyrics.
Los Lobos band members (still) are: Louie Perez (drums, guitars, percussion and vocals); Steve Berlin (saxophone, percussion, flute, midsax, harmonica and melodica); Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Conrad Lozano (bass, guitarron, vocals); David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, accordion, percussion, bass, keyboards, melodica, drums, violin and banjo); and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez (drums, percussion).
“The group has evolved into highly respected artists, known for their graceful songwriting, conscience-raising songs and thought provoking lyrics,” wrote the Arizona Reporter. “With an intensity that can only be witnessed live, the band is known for its astonishing eclecticism, blending a wide range of musical styles and instruments.”
Tickets for Los Lobos ($39/$49) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com by calling 247-7657, or visit the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., downtown Durango.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall opening at 6:30 p.m. On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission.