Los Lobos Live at The Belly Up


 

 

 

 

If you’ve lived in California long enough, you’ve probably bumped into Los Lobos playing their brand of Tex-Mex rock and roll somewhere. These guys from East LA could easily be considered the house band of California. Almost 40 years of togetherness has created a very humble, loose band with jams grounded in their Mexican heritage and a sound that flows from American music roots.

Opening the night with the title track to their new album Tin Can Trust, the band was all smiles, obviously happy to be plugged in and playing the intimate Belly Up in Solana Beach. Be it cumbias, accordion led songs sung in Spanish, a Grateful Dead cover, or some guitar-fueled blues, Los Lobos weaved their way through a variety of musical styles without skipping a beat.

Guitarist and vocalist David Hidalgo thanked the pumped up crowd a few times, almost in embarrassment, for letting the band slip a few new songs into the set, which could’ve been tricky when cries for favorite songs were flying at them in between numbers. The band took it in stride, though, laughed a few of the requests off, and kept the mood festive, interacting with the crowd and encouraging their participation without making it a cliché call-and-response sing-along.

Eager to share the stage and expand the jam, Hidalgo called up both opening acts, the ripping blues band The 44’s and Los Fabulocos, featuring guitar slinger Kid Ramos, for a guitar battle royale on the Lobos classic “Más Y Más.” Here’s to more and more Los Lobos for another 40 years!

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