These wolves aren’t just surviving, they’re thriving.
The members of East L.A. band Los Lobos—the name translates to “the wolves”—are still cranking out the same fiery mix of old-school rock and traditional Mexican music that has been captivating listeners for decades.
The Grammy-winning group is bringing its multicultural musical blend for an 8 p.m. concert Sat., March 17 in the Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd.
The Teskey Brothers, an Australian band steeped in soul and blues, will open the show.
Los Lobos formed in 1974 and a decade later earned its first Grammy, winning in the Best Mexican/Mexican-American Performance category for the song “Anselma.” The group broke into the mainstream later that year with its major-label debut album, “How Will the Wolf Survive?”
In 1987, Los Lobos recorded covers of Ritchie Valens hits for the movie “La Bamba,” about the life of the Mexican-American pop star. The title song from the biopic soared straight to No. 1.
Albums like “The Neighborhood” (1990), “Kiko” (1992) and “Colossal Head” (1996) followed. The group’s latest studio was “Gates of Gold” in 2015.
Los Lobos’ lineup remains intact: Louie Perez (drums, guitars, percussion, vocals), Steve Berlin (saxophone, percussion, flute, midsax, harmonica, melodica), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Conrad Lozano (bass, guitarron, vocals), David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, accordion) and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez (drums, percussion).