American rock band Los Lobos gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” topped the charts in the U.S., U.K. and several other countries.
Their music over the decades has been influenced by rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk and R&B, as well as traditional Latin music, such as cumbia and bolero.
Recently, Los Lobos celebrated their 40th anniversary with the 2013 live album, Disconnected In New York City.
In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Now, the hard-working, constantly touring band comprised of David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin has leapt headfirst into their fifth decade with Gates of Gold, their first full-length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust, a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album, and second with Savoy/429 Records.
Describing the songs on the new album, Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, says, “We’re a Mexican-American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.”
The stories on Gates of Gold are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his bandmates have had based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances.
Los Lobos will be performing with Steve Earle & The Dukes at The Paramount on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.
Three-time Grammy Award recipient and 11-time Grammy nominee, Steve Earle is a cornerstone artist of Americana music.
One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, he has released twenty albums under various labels, and his songs have been recorded by music legends, including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and Joan Baez.
He created the country classics “When You Fall in Love,” “Guitar Town,” “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” “A Far Cry From You” and “Nowhere Road.”
During his four-decade career, Earle has also become an author, actor, playwright, record producer and radio host.
He is a longtime activist whose causes have included the abolition of the death penalty and the removal of the confederate flag.
The Paramount is located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington.
For tickets and more information, go to www.paramountny.com.