A bracing mix of rock guitar, drums, saxophone, accordion, jarana and gritty vocals, the brown-eyed soul of Los Lobos has been the “soundtrack of the barrio” for more than four decades, stretching back to the 1974 release of their debut album, “Just Another Band From East L.A.”
The band’s live shows are legend, their communal vibe stoked by the raw intensity they bring to such crowd favorites as “Shakin’ Shakin Shakes,” “Will the Wolf Survive?,” “La Pistola y El Corazón,” “Chuco's Cumbia,” “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” and the poignant “Tears of God.” Expect to hear many of these songs when the group performs Thursday, Feb. 22, at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
Of course, Los Lobos also like their covers, and recent set lists have featured the familiar, including the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and Ritchie Valens’ “Come On Let’s Go,” as well as such surprises as the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rattlesnake Shake.”
The band also will have newer music to share from 2015’s “Gates of Gold,” their first album of new studio material since 2010. In listing “Gates of Gold” among its “10 Great Albums of 2015,” the Los Angeles Times described it as “a characteristically gorgeous, deeply probing work by the East L.A. band that's made nary a false move in its 40-plus year lifetime.”
Los Lobos were originally scheduled to perform at Parker Playhouse last September as the opening act for outlaw-rock poet Steve Earle’s show that was postponed because of Hurricane Irma. In an interview in advance of the concert, Earle said being on a bill with Los Lobos was one of his favorite things about the tour: “I love those guys,” he said.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22; Fort Lauderdale’s Copper Tones open.
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954-462-0222, ParkerPlayhouse.com