Preview: Los Lobos at the State Room

If all you know about Los Lobos is their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” we need to talk.

In 1973 David Hidalgo and Louie Perez met in high school in and bonded over their love of Randy Newman and Ry Cooder—in East L.A. They started recording music, they recruited some friends, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The band blends together rock, tex-mex, blues, soul, country—you name it. They call themselves a Mexican-American band, but but they are so much more than that and their music seems to reflect the American ideal melting pot.

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And yes, the band’s biggest success came from their work on the La Bamba soundtrack, but their catalog spans nearly 40 years and is masterful.

Los Lobos is in town to support Tedeschi Trucks at Red Butte on Sunday, but they’re playing a double set at The State Room on Saturday Night for 300 lucky folks. Tickets are still available and while you might balk at the heftier-than-usual price, you should know that this night is going to be one that you won’t soon forget—and they’re playing two sets! It’s a bargain!

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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