David Hidalgo & Louie Pérez of Los Lobos: Stories and Songs will appear at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 8 p.m. For more than thirty years, David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez have written and performed songs making Los Lobos one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed groups in the world. Rolling Stone recently wrote, “With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.” In this very special performance, Hidalgo and Perez offer a departure from the large scale Los Lobos shows and focus on the songs and their unique songwriting process.
Hidalgo and Pérez began writing songs together in high school, long before they ever became members the famed East L.A. band, Los Lobos. As lead songwriters for one of the world’s most long-lasting rock enclaves, Hidalgo and Perez have countless songs to their credit. Not until now have Pérez and Hidalgo offered fans a chance to hear those songs in their purest most elemental form.
Their canon of work includes iconic songs such as “Will the Wolf Survive?” from Los Lobos’ 1984 breakthrough album, How Will the Wolf Survive?; “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” from their 1992 album Kiko; the title tunes from Neighborhood, This Time, and Good Morning Aztlán; “Somewhere in Time”from The Ride; “Mas y Mas“ from Colossal Head; and many others. They are also well known for their Latin Playboys side project and soundtrack compositions (most notably for several of Director Robert Rodriguez’s films). The time is finally right for Hidalgo and Pérez to survey their history as songwriters.
“We started this musical conversation back in about 1970, and we haven’t stopped talking,” said Pérez, sounding simultaneously amused and incredulous at the realization that it’s been so long. “That’s why it’s important for us to explain how it’s done; to sit down and say, ‘Hey, this is us as songwriters, this is where it all starts’.”
“The show is not Songwriting 101,” said Perez. “It’s more like the audience is eavesdropping on an afternoon of me and David sitting around with a couple of guitars; a bit more of a living-room setting rather than a lecture hall.”
The informal setting mirrors how the duo began collaborating as they were growing up in East L.A. They met in high school in 1971 and found they had a mutual affinity for the nonmainstream song craft of Fairport Convention, Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. As they matured, so did their subject matter. Poverty, illegal immigration and other cultural issues made their way into Pérez’s verses, which occasionally revisit the East L.A. of his youth – a theme that has carried through to the band’s 2006 release, The Town and the City.
This concert is more than just a recital of songs and stories. It is a chance for you to ask questions about the music and the men who created it. Take the show home with The Long Goodbye, a companion CD of never-before-released early collaborations and one previously unheard version of a song you’ll know.
Tickets are priced at $29 for orchestra seats and $19 for balcony seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.LPAC.org, by phone at (661) 723-5950, or in person at the LPAC Box Office, 750 West Lancaster Blvd. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.