Los Lobos

The Sandy Beaches Cruise has announced the initial line up for the 2025 voyage, welcoming an incredible line-up of artists that represent an array of American roots music. The seven-day trip will take place on Holland America’s beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam which departs out of Fort Lauderdale, FL on January 12th, with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Croix, USVI before returning to Ft. Lauderdale on January 19th.

What needs to be said about a little ol’ band from East L.A. called Los Lobos? Do we need to point out that they’ve played over 100 shows a year since they were founded 50 years ago? Does anyone really need to be reminded that they’ve recorded 17 studio albums, charted a #1 hit with their cover of “La Bamba,” and won multiple awards, including several Grammys?

Los Lobos, the iconic band that has captivated audiences with their unique blend of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, is commemorating an epic journey of 50 years. The “Los Lobos at 50” Anniversary Tour promises to be a vibrant celebration of their remarkable career and cultural impact.

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I just returned from a Musical Sojourn in Porto, Portugal, a weeklong musical experience featuring ALO’s Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band and multiple other projects), Nikki Bluhm, members of Greensky Bluegrass, Fruition and Railroad Earth, and many other artists from the extended jam and bluegrass world. This was a unique and intimate event with six days and nights of musical tourism in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. (The entire musician list is at the end of this article.)

Los Lobos | Come on Let's Go | Chautauqua Auditorium | 7/8/23

Boulder, Colorado's historic Chautauqua Auditorium, originally erected in 1898, has been a beacon of American culture, hosting a spectrum of performances from lectures to music. Its 125th anniversary, marked on July 8th, 2023, offered a vibrant collage of celebration elements, including gastronomy, local craft, microbrews, and of course, music.

Los Lobos have announced tour dates celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a band. Launching August 12 in Santa Fe, NM, the trek will feature intimate appearances at Los Angeles’ famed Whisky a Go Go and a very special return to the band’s alma mater James A. Garfield High School in East L.A.. Tickets for Los Lobos’ 50th Anniversary Concerts are on sale this Friday, June 16th at 10:00am Local Time. Please see the 50th Anniversary tour dates below.

This year, after four years and 60 million dollars of renovation, the 2023 Beale Street Festival reopened in Tom Lee Park along the riverside in downtown Memphis Tennessee. At the height of Beale Street's popularity in 2017, the event saw 37,000 fans crowd the park. Attendance numbers this year were smaller and saner, with crowds of around 10,000 daily. This was in part a deliberate effort to keep the newly planted park-plants from being trampled into oblivion.

The journey of Los Lobos began in 1973, 50 years ago this year, when David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, and pretty much anything with strings), Louie Perez (drums, vocals, guitar), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals, guitarrón) earned their stripes playing revved-up versions of Mexican folk music in restaurants and at parties. The band evolved in the 1980s as it tapped into L.A.’s burgeoning punk and college rock scenes. They were soon sharing bills with bands like the Circle Jerks, Public Image Ltd.

Los Lobos brought their dance-inducing rhythms to the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara for two nights on January 20-21st. The first night featured an all-electric set, followed by an acoustic set the second night. The shows were part of the 2023 celebration of their 150th anniversary. The Lobero Theatre is a historic performing arts theater in downtown Santa Barbara, California. It was built in 1873 and is the oldest continuously operating theater in California.

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