Los Lobos, three-time Grammy winners and music industry legends for more than three decades, will bring their special brand of Latino-influenced rock music to the stage of the Honokaa People’s Theater on Saturday night.
Best-known for their soundtrack to the smash 1987 film “La Bamba,” Los Lobos have been releasing albums since the late 1970s. In addition to rock, their “soundtrack of the barrio” music is also influenced by Tex-Mex, country, folk, rhythm and blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, including Norteño.
The Honokaa show is the third of a four-night, four-island tour supporting their dynamic live album “Disconnected in New York City.”
David Hidalgo, the band’s lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, was a special guest on Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour this summer. The rest of the band is: Louie Perez on drums, guitars, percussion and vocals; Steve Berlin on sax, percussion, flute, midsax, harmonica and melodica; Cesar Rosas on vocals, guitar and mandolin; Conrad Lozano on bass, guitarrón mexicano and vocals; and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez on drums and percussion.
The band was already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and Grammy winners for Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance by the time their recorded their major-label debut “How Will the Wolf Survive?” in 1984. Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in a garage in 1973.
“Disconnected In New York City,” which marks the band’s 40th anniversary, celebrates Los Lobos’ great legacy as a freewheeling and unpredictable live band, which most recently includes touring in Europe with Neil Young and Crazy Horse in June 2013. “Disconnected in New York City” features fresh interpretations of songs from throughout their three-decade recording career, including their first ever live recording of “La Bamba,” their worldwide pop crossover hit from the 1987 film which reached No. 1 on the U.S. and U.K. singles chart. The collection covers the band’s 25-year studio discography, from “Gotta Let You Know,” a bouncy zydeco rocker driven by Hidalgo’s accordion from from “How Will The Wolf Survive?” through “Tin Can Trust,” a bluesy rock ballad that was the title cut from their last studio release in 2010.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 general, $55 gold circle. Advance tickets are available at: CD Wizard, Kipuka Smoke Shop and Hilo Music Exchange in Hilo; Sound Wave Music and Kiernan Music in Kona; Waimea General Store in Parker Square; and Taro Patch Gifts in Honokaa. Gold circle seating is available online at www.lazarbear.com.