Los Lobos

Sunday, July 19

What's the purpose of music? I don’t think anyone would argue when I suggest that its ultimate function is entertainment, right? That being the case, I challenge you to find a band that has been more consistently pleasurable than Los Lobos. Of course, this is probably not a matter of choice for the band. Aside from a single brush with commercial success (appearing in the film La Bamba), Los Lobos has not been able to kick up its heels and lean back on its reputation. Thus, each record and live show is practically a joy from beginning to end. But at the same time, they aren’t eager-to-please lapdogs; they are confident in their abilities and, as a result, have nothing to prove, which lends their amalgam of rock, Tex-Mex, blues, R n’ B, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music a vibe of total effortlessness. They are possibly the greatest working band in America—meaning, you could ask them to do anything and chances are high they could pull it off with ease. You only wish you could afford them for your wedding reception. All ages.

Sun., July 19, 6 p.m., 2009

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