Los Lobos set to play Sauder

Three-time Grammy winners. Openers for Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Contributors to soundtracks such as “The Sopranos,” “The Simpsons,” and “Spy Kids.” Performers for the First Family. All these achievements define Los Lobos, a high-energy American-Chicano rock band that will be performing at our own Goshen College, this Saturday, November 21.

Los Lobos, or “the Wolves,” has been performing for three decades, ever since they joined together as adolescents to play at weddings and bars in Los Angeles. Since then, their music has evolved from simply rock and acoustic to traditional Spanish and Mexican songs, and finally to a combination of the both. Now their music is inspired by a mixture of varieties, including rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and boleros and norteños.

The band consists of David Hidalgo on vocals, guitar and accordion; Conrad Lozano on bass; Louie Perez on guitar; Cesar Rosas on guitar and vocals; Cougar Estrada on percussion; and Steve Berlin on saxophone. Together they form a funky, energetic show that simultaneously features thought-provoking lyrics and a look into Latin culture.

Los Lobos’ latest creation is “Los Lobos Goes Disney,” a CD that takes 13 classic Disney songs and adds to them a rock-like feel. “The kid’s record doesn’t even sound like a kid’s record,” said sax player Steve Berlin, “It just sounds like Los Lobos playing funky old songs.”

Said Rolling Stone, “With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.”

Los Lobos will perform as part of the Performing Arts Series this Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., in Sauder Concert hall. Tickets for regular seating are still available for $25, $40, and $45. Goshen College students will not receive any discounts. For more information, contact the Goshen College Welcome Center by calling (574) 535-7566, e-mailing welcomecenter@goshen.edu, or visiting www.loslobos.org.

Written by Becca Kraybill

Becca Kraybill is the fall Editor-in-Chief of The Record. She is a fourth-year English Writing major and enjoys waving to babies in the grocery store.

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