Will these wolves survive? Not only have they survived but they have prospered. As this East Los Angeles-based combo approaches its third decade as a group, there could not be a more quintessentially American band. Their mix of rock, doo-wop, bolero, corrida, norteña, ranchera, zydeco, mambo, blues, rockabilly and good old R&B traverses most every popular music boundary of America with an authenticity that can never be questioned. Screaming electric guitars, tear-in-your-beer-drenched accordion and dainty acoustic trills all flow naturally from inside the soul of Los Lobos, bespeaking a love and respect for the very roots of the music. Cover songs by Ritchie Valens, Louis Prima, Fats Domino and the Grateful Dead fit right in alongside the elegant songwriting of David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez. The wolf is at times a solitary creature, but when this pack howls, you can’t help but join in.
Los Lobos plays on the Main Stage Friday at 6:30 p.m., at Chene Park in downtown Detroit (at Atwater and Chene, on the Detroit River). The official concert schedule can be found at www.concertofcolors.org.
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