FIESTA MEXICO-AMERICANA LOS LOBOS
W/ BALLET FOLKLORICO MEXICANO
Saturday March 12 at 8pm at UPAC in Kingston
For the first time ever: Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano!
(Kingston, NY) Bardavon presents at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston: Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano on Saturday March 12 at 8pm.
The Mexican-American Experience is celebrated through song, dance, music and film highlighting the many notable achievements and contributions of Mexican-Americans throughout US History in this Brand-New Multi-Media Production, featuring Multiple Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos, and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, "Just Another Band from East L.A." Since then this multiple Grammy-award winning band from east Los Angeles California have repeatedly disproven that titleâ€”Los Lobos isnâ€™t â€œjust anotherâ€ anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.
Founded in 1967, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano has achieved considerable recognition both in the United States and in Mexico. Drawing on the artistic variety of Mexico's different regions, the company has a repertoire comprised of over 120 Dances!
Los Lobos still are:
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, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Melodica, Drums, Violin, Banjo
Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez - Drums/Percussion
Most fans know that Los Lobos came together from three separate units. Hidalgo, the bandâ€™s lead vocalist/guitarist (whose arsenal includes accordion, percussion, bass, keyboards, melodic, drums, violin and banjo) met Perez at Garfield High in East LA and started a garage band. Rosas, who plays guitar and mandolin, had his own group, and Lozano launched a power trio. â€œBut we all hung out because we were friends and making music was just the natural progression of things,â€ says Perez. â€œLike if you hang around a barbershop long enough, youâ€™re going to get a haircut.â€
Looking back at the historical and cultural sweep of the band, Lozano sees the release of Disconnected In New York City as Los Lobos coming full circle. â€œA lot of people forget that though we were rock musicians when we got out of high school, the band started off as an acoustic outfit,â€ he says. â€œWe wanted to play Mexican folk music because those were our roots and there was this whole Chicano awareness thing happening back in the early 70s. We started to pay attention to our traditions and culture, and focused on those styles of music for years. We studied music from every region of Mexico, learned how to play all these authentic instruments. So thatâ€™s what we did for ten years until we decided to play rock again by bringing in drum and electric bass.
â€œWe were playing this restaurant gig for two years, and some small local clubs, playing the same songs, when people in the crowd started shouting out, â€˜Do you know any Beatles or Grateful Dead tunes?â€™â€ Lozano adds. â€œSoon we got fired from the restaurant and headed back to the garage to write our first original songs that were rock with some accordion on them: â€˜Letâ€™s Say Goodnightâ€™ and â€˜How Much Can I Do?â€™ We made a little tape and gave it to the guys in The Blasters, which included Steve Berlin, when we went to see them live on Sunset Strip. They loved our tunes and invited us to open their show at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, which was the first time Los Lobos performed on the other side of the Los Angeles River. We played some originals and old favorites by Hendrix, Cream, The Yardbirds and Beatles â€“ all the stuff we loved as kids. The icing on the cake is that the audience loved it, too.â€
Tickets for Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano are $29-$64 (based on location) and may be purchased at: at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845.339.6088 or Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 or online at Ticketmaster: 800.745.3000. Please note that Bardavon Member benefits are not available through Ticketmaster